• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 360.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 480.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Samsung HZ35W advantages over Panasonic ZS25

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Panasonic ZS25 advantages over Samsung HZ35W

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    480 mm vs 360 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    6 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 16 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-ZS7

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic DMC-ZS7
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Less shutter lag
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic DMC-ZS7
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Panasonic DMC-ZS5

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic DMC-ZS5
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic DMC-ZS5
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Longer exposure

Compared to Panasonic ZS10

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic ZS10
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS10
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $214
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic ZS20

Samsung HZ35W
Panasonic ZS20
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Panasonic ZS25
Panasonic ZS20
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $162
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon S9500

Samsung HZ35W
Nikon S9500
  • $350
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Panasonic ZS25
Nikon S9500
  • $199
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
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