As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, mirrorless 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 Coolpix P900)

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 39.1x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm), has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and supports an external flash.

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 touch screen, 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)

  • 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
$199 - $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

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$434

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 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
  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
2 years newer
$350 - $399

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 400 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$457 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 24x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

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

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 5 fps), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
2 years newer
$314 - $649 (body only)
$379 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $313.92 vs $357.28

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$358 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $358.00 vs $357.28

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
3 years newer
$400 (body only)
$374 - $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
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

  • Inexpensive: $373.57 vs $357.28

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
2 years older

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the FZ72)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SLT A55 and FZ72

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 9 fps

Canon EOS 750D

Canon EOS 750D
1 year newer
$492 (body only)
$569 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 750D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 750D (vs the FZ72)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 750D and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$640 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 2.9" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the D3100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $357.28

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has way more more zoom (60x vs 2.9x), has a much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 320 shots), is slightly less expensive ($357.28 vs $698.00) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,229k dots), is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
10 months newer
$698

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 2.9x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and FZ72

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • Support external flash

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
1 year older
$425 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 4.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 3.6x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and FZ72

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots

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), is newer (july 2013 vs may 2010), significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.1 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony Alpha A3000

Sony Alpha A3000
similar age
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the A3000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A3000 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the A3000 and FZ72

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
3 years older
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the NEX-5 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $449.95 vs $357.28

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 10x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), supports an external flash and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is significantly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (111×65×34 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

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)

  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (111×65×44 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$430

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 4.6"

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

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • 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

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