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 P610 and the Coolpix L840) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ300)

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), has in-camera HDR and captures 3D images.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 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
$248 - $298

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

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610
1 year newer
$313 - $427

Significant advantages of the P610 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P610 (vs the FZ72)

  • No external flash support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the P610 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$389 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Support external flash

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
1 year newer
$179 - $197

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly less zoom: 37.2x vs 60x
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the L840 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
7 months newer
$265 - $268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$300 - $428

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

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

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • In-camera HDR
  • 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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

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 (130×97×118 mm) vs mid size (113×66×35 mm)), doesn't have a screen which flips out and is older (july 2013 vs january 2015).

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$265 - $279

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (113×66×35 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX710 HS and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$287

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
  • No external flash support
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ70 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$251

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
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No external flash support

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

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months newer
$411

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
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the HX60 and FZ72

  • Good wide angle: 4 mm vs 20 mm
  • Great zoom: 32.2x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
1 year newer
$224 - $297

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Mid size (112×66×40 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8
  • Worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the S9900 and FZ72

  • 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 13.2 EV).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$249 (body only)
$299 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

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

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
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$294 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • 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
    1. 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

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$289 - $435 (body only)
$332 - $566 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: 755 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
    1. Lens

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • None found