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★★ There’s a lot to like about this freshly re­leased com­pact shooter. It’s in­ex­pen­sive for a 16-megapixel cam­era with an 8x op­ti­cal zoom and it’s more light­weight than you should rea­son­ably ex­pect, mak­ing it an ideal hand­bag ad­di­tion. The Lu­mix FH25 also boasts a Le­ica lens and high-qual­ity Pana­sonic ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing In­tel­li­gent Auto mode for smart shoot­ing and Mega Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bil­i­sa­tion for blur-free im­ages. There are a few com­pro­mises you must make to use this bud­get cam­era, though. Its screen is tough to view from an an­gle, photo set­tings are lim­ited and the cam­era can be a tad slow to record and play back im­ages. Over­all, though, the FH25 more than meets the re­quire­ments of a $300 cam­era.

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