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 Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX350)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (41.0 vs 37.0), has much more zoom (60x vs 39.1x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), is significantly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 114 ISO) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

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)

  • 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
$390

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
  • Much 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
  • Inexpensive: $389.95 vs $293.36

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$215 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 39.1x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 23 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $214.99 vs $293.36

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

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

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$207 - $249

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX530 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Inexpensive: $206.95 vs $293.36

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$493 - $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
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

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

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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 320 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has slightly lower image quality (41.0 vs 44.0), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$372

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$340

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 worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • 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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
2 years newer
$368

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (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 Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
1 year newer
$448

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the DSC-HX90V and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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)

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

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months newer
$310

Significant advantages of the HX60 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 20 mm
  • 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 HX60 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 32.2x vs 60x
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the HX60 and FZ72

  • Excellent wide angle: 4 mm vs 20 mm
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • 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 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 919 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 67.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 22.5 bits) and has significantly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 11.3 EV).

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$293 (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)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $293.39 vs $293.36

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
3 years newer
$373 - $397 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
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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: $372.90 vs $293.36

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 67.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $449.99 vs $293.36