As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P610 and the Coolpix L840) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ300)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), captures 3D images, has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9), 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), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$312 - $398

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
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 9 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$394 - $480

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
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 23
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

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

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
1 year newer
$374 - $427

Significant advantages of the Coolpix P610 (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 Coolpix P610 (vs the FZ72)

  • No external flash support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix P610 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$218 - $227

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 590 shots vs 400 shots
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

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

  • Great battery life: 590 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $218.00 vs $304.50

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$597 - $1,350

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)

  • Larger: Large (140×103×137 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 899 g vs 606 g
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P900 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 83.3x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$300 - $398

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

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

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 23
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Support external flash

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has much 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/3.5), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9).

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 compact (111×65×34 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$257

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 shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
1 year newer
$428

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX90V (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

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1 year newer
$483

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (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-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70) and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$314

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size (108×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
1 year newer
$249 - $297

Significant advantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (112×66×40 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the Coolpix S9900 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 13,066 vs 9,402

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$268 - $329

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
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX710 HS and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 10,671 vs 9,402

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 12.8 EV).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$289 (body only)
$349 - $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: $289.00 vs $304.50

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
6 months newer
$312 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 63.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (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 Rebel T5 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $312.09 vs $304.50

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$439 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • 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

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Inexpensive: $329.99 vs $304.50