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 P600 and the Coolpix P530) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX60 HS)

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 50x), 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 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.

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
6 months newer
$320 - $397

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
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash 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
$349 - $420

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$350 - $598

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$418 - $420

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)

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

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

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

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

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

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

  • In-camera HDR
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$458 - $550

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

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

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8

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 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 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 921k dots), is much larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs compact 110x64x34 mm), lacks and external mic jack and is older (july, 2013 vs february, 2014).

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
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

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

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 months newer
$279 - $383

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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$299 - $368

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

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 80.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.5 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 12.8 EV).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$309 - $527 (body only)
$389 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,131 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 81.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 24.1 bits vs 19.4 bits

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: $309.00 vs $324.22

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$400 (body only)
$498 18-55mm lens

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)

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

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $399.95 vs $324.22

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$397 (body only)
$460 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 19.4 bits

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: $396.00 vs $324.22

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$349 - $449 (body only)
$409 - $479 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 80.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 23.5 bits vs 19.4 bits

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $349.00 vs $324.22