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 Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX510 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix L830)

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 34.8x), 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), is slightly larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs prosumer size 111x75x91 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$363 - $518

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

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

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the FZ72

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
6 months newer
$397

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P600 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P600 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$398

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$468

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
5 months newer
$160 - $227

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 34.8x vs 60x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the L830 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
  • Popularity: 11,537,606 vs 4,824,584
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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 1,131 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 81.0), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24.1 bits), has significantly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 12.8 EV) and has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$319 (body only)
$477 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • 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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $319.00 vs $380.66
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$419 (body only)
$500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Announced: February, 2014 vs July, 2013
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $380.66
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 1200D vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$273 (body only)
$427 - $489 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D3100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $272.84 vs $380.66
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Announced: January, 2014 vs July, 2013
arrow Compare the Nikon D3300 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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 20x), 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 in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$471 - $484

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 110x64x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 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 macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the DMC-TZ60 vs the FZ72

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
5 months newer
$199 - $259

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact 104x61x26 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 4.6"
  • Much lighter: 188 g vs 606 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the SX600 HS and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 5,308,515 vs 4,824,584
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Panasonic Lumix TZ40
6 months older
$237

Significant advantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • No RAW support
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the TZ40 and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix TZ40 vs the Lumix FZ72

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
6 months newer
$297

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 109x63x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (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 S9700 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$348 - $448

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size 108x64x38 mm vs Large 130x97x118 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
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 months newer
$299 - $350

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size 112x65x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the SX700 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72