As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-FZ100) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the D3200)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (60x vs 39.1x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs prosumer size (124×81×95 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and is older (july 2013 vs january 2016).

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)

  • Significantly 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

  • Incredible zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 20 mm vs 20 mm
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly 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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
7 months newer
$415

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

  • Has an external mic jack

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

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

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
2 years newer
$320 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Smaller: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 400 shots
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$1,253

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
3 years older
$378

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (124×81×95 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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 none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 2.8 fps) and is newer (july 2013 vs may 2006).

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).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$358 (body only)
$438 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (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 D3200 and FZ72

  • None found

Pentax K110D

Pentax K110D
7 years older

Significant advantages of the K110D (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.8" vs 4.6"
  • Much smaller: Prosumer size (129×93×70 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the K110D (vs the FZ72)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the K110D and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 months newer
$445 (body only)
$500 - $514 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$350 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

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

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

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 18x), has a much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 270 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (108×60×32 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (9 fps vs 50 fps).

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000
1 year newer
$149

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
1 year newer
$162

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 18x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the SX610 HS and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$472

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
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

Canon PowerShot SX210 IS
3 years older
$279

Significant advantages of the SX210 IS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (106×59×32 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 220 g vs 606 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX210 IS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much less zoom: 14x vs 60x
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the SX210 IS 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 smaller: Mid size (111×65×44 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • 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 less zoom: 10x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

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

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
1 year newer
$267

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ57 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots

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 3.8x), has a much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots), is newer (july 2013 vs july 2012) and is significantly less expensive ($476.86 vs $1,888.59).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs mid size (111×68×46 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year older
$521

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Much smaller: Mid size (111×68×46 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 3.8x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
similar age
$1,889

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the FZ72)

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Much smaller: Standard size (119×78×50 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 7.1x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the P7800 and FZ72

  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital