As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ300) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix P900)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (41.0 vs 37.0), has much more zoom (60x vs 39.1x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), is significantly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 114 ISO) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$391

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 24x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Inexpensive: $391.28 vs $299.86

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 39.1x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 23 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $299.86

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
7 months newer
$268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Inexpensive: $268.00 vs $299.86
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$323 - $479

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 20 mm
  • Inexpensive: $310.00 vs $299.86

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$498

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Much less zoom: 24x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $317.00 vs $299.86
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$439 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Inexpensive: $439.00 vs $299.86

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 3 fps), has in-camera HDR, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 1,338 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 82.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13.2 EV).

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$294 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 755 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 63.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $293.89 vs $299.86

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$460 (body only)
$303 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Inexpensive: $303.00 vs $299.86

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
2 years newer
$290 - $749 (body only)
$309 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $290.00 vs $299.86

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 months newer
$597 (body only)
$305 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 83.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D5300 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $305.00 vs $299.86

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has way more more zoom (60x vs 30x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has slightly lower image quality (41.0 vs 44.0), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (99×60×27 mm)) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 11.2 EV).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$372

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

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

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

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ70 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$250 - $329

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (110×64×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
1 year newer
$160 - $227

Significant advantages of the S7000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (99×60×27 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 4.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 165 g vs 606 g

Significant disadvantages of the S7000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 180 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the S7000 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (112×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$279 - $290

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (113×66×35 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX710 HS and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS