As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P510 and the Coolpix P90)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (60x vs 24x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots), is newer (july 2013 vs september 2012) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and FZ72

  • Excellent wide angle: 20 mm vs 20 mm
  • Light weight: 616 g vs 606 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 528 g vs 606 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
1 year older
$299

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P510 and FZ72

  • Light weight: 555 g vs 606 g
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $530.28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$382 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 691 g vs 606 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 315 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX50 HS and FZ72

  • Light weight: 595 g vs 606 g
  • Each supports an external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
3 years older
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.9 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Inexpensive: $492.19 vs $530.28

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has way more more zoom (60x vs 2.9x), has a much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 220 shots), supports an external flash and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,228k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (103×62×28 mm)) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA

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5 years newer
$998

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much thinner: 1.6" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 2.9x vs 60x
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA and FZ72

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
similar age
$299

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×62×28 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 4.6"
  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 7.1x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and FZ72

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (60x vs 20x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is significantly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (111×65×34 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
2 years older

Significant advantages of the F550 EXR (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (104×64×33 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the F550 EXR (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the F550 EXR and FZ72

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$378

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ70 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ70 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ70 and FZ72

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) and FZ72

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
1 year newer
$353

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ57 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ57 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ57 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 4 fps) and is newer (july 2013 vs october 2012).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the EOS 80D and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 9 fps

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
8 months older
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5200 and FZ72

  • None found

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
2 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much smaller: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the 1100D and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5100 and FZ72

  • None found