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 Canon (such as the PowerShot SX60 HS and the PowerShot SX530 HS)

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 50x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), captures 3D images, shoots RAW and supports an external flash.

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
$298 - $311

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
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • RAW support

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$369 - $479

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Support external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$472 - $598

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$399 - $448

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • In-camera HDR
  • Support external flash

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$229 - $235

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly less zoom: 37.2x vs 60x
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the L840 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $229.00 vs $262.90

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$499

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much more zoom: 83.3x vs 60x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 899 g vs 606 g

common strengths of the P900 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 83.3x vs 60x
  • 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 has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 4 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 1,131 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 81.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24.1 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13.2 EV).

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$379 (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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $378.69 vs $262.90

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$300 (body only)
$399 - $547 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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $299.95 vs $262.90

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$249 (body only)
$329 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,131 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 81.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 9 fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $249.00 vs $262.90

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 slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs mid size (110×64×36 mm)), has slightly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 11.2 EV) and is older (july 2013 vs january 2016).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$251

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$298

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

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 SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$240 - $299

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
  • Significantly 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

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)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Mid size (112×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • 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
  • 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 SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$286 - $379

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • 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