As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, mirrorless 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 Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-LZ40)

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 41.7x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), captures 3D images, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots) and is newer (july, 2013 vs february, 2013).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs professional size 123x87x106 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm

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
$365 - $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
  • 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
$427 - $447

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW 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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW 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 - $478

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)

  • Significantly less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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 P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
5 months older
$327 - $347

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 41.7x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the P520 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 Nikon Coolpix P520 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 3 fps), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

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), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.5 bits), has significantly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13 EV) and has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$597 - $656 (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

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$370 - $400 (body only)
$485 - $625 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 80.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $370.00 vs $421.39
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
2 years older
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 755 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the 1100D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $449.92 vs $421.39
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
2 years older
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 22.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 9 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 600D and FZ72

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has way more more zoom (60x vs 5x), has a much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, captures 3D images and has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has significantly lower image quality (41.0 vs 54.0), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots) and is much larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs compact 103x62x28 mm).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
similar age
$499

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much smaller: Mid size 109x76x40 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly better image quality: 54.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the G16 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot G16 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
similar age
$259 - $400

Significant advantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact 103x62x28 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly better image quality: 52.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LF1 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 7.1x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-LF1 and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the DMC-LF1 vs the FZ72

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), captures 3D images, slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 1,068 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 78.0), has a slightly smaller screen (3.0" vs 3.7"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,152k dots) and has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.7 bits).

Sony Alpha A3000

Sony Alpha A3000
similar age
$348 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the A3000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much better image quality: 78.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 23.7 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,068 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the A3000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the A3000 and FZ72

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha A3000 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Samsung NX2000

Samsung NX2000
similar age
$285 - $299 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX2000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much better image quality: 75.0 vs 41.0
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.7" vs 3.0"

Significant disadvantages of the NX2000 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the NX2000 and FZ72

  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Inexpensive: $285.00 vs $421.39
arrow Compare the Samsung NX2000 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 24 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

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 slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$490 - $515

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 110x64x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 4.6"

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

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Incredible 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

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Panasonic Lumix TZ40
6 months older
$239

Significant advantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the TZ40 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Lumix TZ40 vs the Lumix FZ72