As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. 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 D500)

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 have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and is older (july 2013 vs september 2014).

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)

  • Much 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
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly less zoom: 39.1x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 23 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $214.99 vs $301.82

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$345 - $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
$379

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

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$500

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)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x

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
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Inexpensive: $268.00 vs $301.82

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 3.7 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 1,338 ISO), has much lower image quality (41.0 vs 82.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13.2 EV).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$462 (body only)
$390 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $389.99 vs $301.82

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$310 (body only)

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)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Very inexpensive: $309.69 vs $301.82

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
3 months newer
$405 (body only)
$475 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 83.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D5300 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $404.99 vs $301.82

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
2 years older
$459 (body only)
$525 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 22.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 600D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $459.30 vs $301.82

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/3.3), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots) and supports an external flash.

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 much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs mid size (108×64×38 mm)) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months newer
$293

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

common strengths of the HX60 and FZ72

  • Excellent wide angle: 4 mm vs 20 mm
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$410

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

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

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
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much 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
  • No external flash support

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$348

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
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$260 - $349

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (110×64×36 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 PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly less zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much smaller: Mid size (111×65×44 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 10x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) and FZ72

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS