As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and mirrorless. 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 D3300)

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 slightly more zoom (60x vs 50x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 23 mm), is significantly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 114 ISO) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

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 record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

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

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
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$338 - $449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 20 mm
  • Each supports an external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$398

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
  • 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

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

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$398 - $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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Significantly 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

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 none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 3 fps) and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 1,120 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 79.0), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.7 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13 EV) and has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$471 (body only)
$419 - $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)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
3 years newer
$400 (body only)
$389 - $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
  • 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

  • None found

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
similar age
$443 (body only)
$480 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 23.7 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,120 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 79.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the FZ72)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the K-50 and FZ72

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
7 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 22 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much better image quality: 61.0 vs 41.0
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 476 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and FZ72

  • None found

Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D
4 months older
$496 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 700D (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 21.7 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 700D (vs the FZ72)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the 700D and FZ72

  • None found

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 25x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots).

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 significantly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$340

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

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
  • Significantly 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
  • No external flash support

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)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Shoots much faster: 40 fps vs 9 fps
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

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
  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
2 years newer
$249

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

  • Significantly 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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$259

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the SX710 HS and FZ72

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$430

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ70 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly 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
  • Significantly 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

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 a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 255 shots), supports an external flash and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 753 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 65.0), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 22.2 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 11.5 EV).

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
2 years newer
$449 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 65.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 22.2 bits vs 19.4 bits

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the FZ72)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter battery life: 255 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the EOS M10 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $449.00 vs $607.00
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6
similar age
$626 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the FZ72)

  • More dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,036k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G6 (vs the FZ72)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-G6 and FZ72

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Inexpensive: $625.72 vs $607.00