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 Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX60 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ1000)

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), captures 3D images and shoots RAW.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs professional size 125x87x110 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
$351 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • 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

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 9 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older
$329 - $430

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Supports 24p
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and FZ72

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

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
6 months newer
$345 - $349

Significant advantages of the P600 (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 P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the P600 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$479 - $480

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the PowerShot SX60 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 65x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 21 mm vs 20 mm
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

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

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

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

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$275 - $378

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)

  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No RAW support
  • Shorter battery life: 310 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • 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 much more zoom (60x vs 30x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

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 130x97x118 mm vs compact 111x65x34 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$281

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
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact 111x65x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) and FZ72

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Popularity: 3,320,668 vs 7,075,956

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 months newer
$279 - $280

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size 112x65x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the SX700 HS and FZ72

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Popularity: 6,148,853 vs 7,075,956

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
similar age
$247 - $348

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
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
6 months newer
$212

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 109x63x34 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the S9700 and FZ72

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • 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 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 13.2 EV) and has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$279 - $547 (body only)
$447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • 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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $317.54

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$339 (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: 724 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 63.0 vs 41.0

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: $339.00 vs $317.54