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 DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix P900)

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 39.1x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), supports an external flash and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

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 have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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)

  • 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
  • Each supports an external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$504

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Much longer battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots

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

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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
  • 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
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$449 - $597

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 GPS

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Heavier: 899 g vs 606 g
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P900 and FZ72

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

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
7 months newer
$268

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$448 - $458

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

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

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

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an 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 720p @ 24fps), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 4.7 fps) and is newer (july 2013 vs september 2009).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
7 years older
$1,600 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 3" vs 4.6"
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (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 D80 and FZ72

  • None found

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
2 years newer
$999 - $1,498 (body only)
$1,149 - $1,189 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the EOS 80D and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 9 fps

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
3 years older
$380 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the FZ72)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.7" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the FZ72)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the K-x and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $379.99 vs $419.31

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
3 years newer
$326 (body only)
$444 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k 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 D3400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3400 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $325.99 vs $419.31

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 significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 210 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is significantly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (106×63×33 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$480

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
2 years newer
$215 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (113×67×40 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 35x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 35x vs 60x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
2 years newer
$218 - $249

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (97×57×28 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 PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 25x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 295 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ8 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (103×60×32 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 214 g vs 606 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ8 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 12x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-TZ8 and FZ72

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35
5 months newer
$180

Significant advantages of the ZS35 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS35 (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 ZS35 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
4 months older
$283

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX270 HS and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS