As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix L830) 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 significantly more zoom (60x vs 34.8x), 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 prosumer size 111x75x91 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

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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older
$349 - $500

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
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and FZ72

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

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$398 - $499

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)

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

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
5 months newer
$195 - $246

Significant advantages of the L830 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size 111x75x91 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the L830 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 34.8x vs 60x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the L830 and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$468

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
  • No RAW support
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

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

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 1,131 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 81.0), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24.1 bits), has significantly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 12.8 EV) and has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots).

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 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 9 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $309.00 vs $343.97

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$429 (body only)
$498 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $429.00 vs $343.97

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$272 (body only)
$390 - $409 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D3100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $272.29 vs $343.97

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$439 - $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 larger sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • 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 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 $343.97

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, supports an external flash and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 1,089 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 79.0), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.8 bits), has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13 EV) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.1 MP).

Sony Alpha A3000

Sony Alpha A3000
similar age
$348 - $360 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
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

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

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
5 months newer
$298 - $400 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much better image quality: 79.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 23.8 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $298.00 vs $343.97
  • Each has a built-in flash

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 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs compact 110x64x34 mm), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

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 - $368

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

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
$348 - $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

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35
5 months newer
$158 - $404

Significant advantages of the ZS35 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact 111x64x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS35 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the ZS35 and FZ72

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