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 DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ300) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix P610)

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/3.4), has slightly better image quality (41.0 vs 37.0), has much more zoom (60x vs 39.1x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 24 mm) and is significantly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 114 ISO).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$319

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
  • Much worse wide angle: 25 mm vs 20 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $319.00 vs $254.94
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 39.1x vs 60x
  • Good wide angle: 23 mm vs 20 mm
  • Inexpensive: $256.95 vs $254.94

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$419 - $479

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
  • Excellent wide angle: 21 mm vs 20 mm
  • Inexpensive: $419.00 vs $254.94

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)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • 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 $254.94
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$598

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $589.00 vs $254.94
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS
1 year newer
$279

Significant advantages of the SX530 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX530 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX530 HS and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Inexpensive: $278.79 vs $254.94

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 4 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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 24.1 bits) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13.2 EV).

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$271 (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 panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $271.29 vs $254.94

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$452 (body only)
$399 - $547 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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. 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: $399.00 vs $254.94

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$299 (body only)
$349 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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $254.94

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 much wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 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 much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs mid size (110×64×36 mm)) and has much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 11.2 EV).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$350

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ70 and FZ72

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
2 years newer
$310 - $379

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)

  • Much less zoom: 40x vs 60x
  • Much 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

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
1 year newer
$279 - $299

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (113×66×35 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 SX710 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the SX710 HS and FZ72

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$251

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
  • Much 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 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)

  • Much smaller: Mid size (112×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS60 (Lumix DMC-TZ80) (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Much worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital