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 Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix P530) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-TZ60)

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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has slightly more zoom (60x vs 50x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), captures 3D images and has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 340 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs professional size 125x87x110 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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$330 - $398

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
  • Significantly 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

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
6 months newer
$345 - $375

Significant advantages of the P600 (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 P600 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the P600 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older
$309 - $430

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and FZ72

  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • RAW support

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$405 - $428

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$348 - $378

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)

  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support
  • Shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$499 - $500

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 20 mm
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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
$279 - $557 (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 Lens

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $317.09

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$420 - $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 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: $419.95 vs $317.09

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$369 (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: 724 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $369.00 vs $317.09

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), creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

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 130x97x118 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$260

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
1 year newer

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 111x65x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the FZ72)

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

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Popularity: 2,673,857 vs 5,268,095

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 months newer
$279 - $280

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the SX700 HS and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 6,649,932 vs 5,268,095

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Panasonic Lumix TZ40
6 months older
$220

Significant advantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the TZ40 and FZ72

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$282 - $348

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera HDR