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 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 slightly better image quality (41.0 vs 37.0), has slightly more zoom (60x vs 39.1x), 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 supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a significantly 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 record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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)

  • Significantly 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
  • Significantly 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)

  • 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 battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Inexpensive: $199.00 vs $321.64

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$350

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

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Inexpensive: $349.99 vs $321.64

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$405 - $480

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

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-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
2 years newer
$493 - $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

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900
1 year newer
$499 - $597

Significant advantages of the P900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much more zoom: 83.3x vs 60x
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly heavier: 899 g vs 606 g
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P900 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 83.3x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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 aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), is slightly less noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 138 ISO), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has slightly lower image quality (41.0 vs 44.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs UHD @ 30fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots) and is much larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (111×65×34 mm)).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70
1 year newer
$372

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
  • 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-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$340

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

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months newer
$248 - $305

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
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

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

Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900
2 years newer
$353 - $397

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller: Mid size (113×67×40 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A900 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 35x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the Coolpix A900 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 35x vs 60x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

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 smaller: Mid size (112×64×38 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • 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
  • 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-TZ57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57
1 year newer
$214

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ57 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much smaller: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ57 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the DMC-TZ57 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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 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).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$419 (body only)
$400 - $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: $339.95 vs $321.64

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$348 (body only)
$426 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Better color depth: 24.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much better image quality: 81.0 vs 41.0
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,131 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $348.00 vs $321.64

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$311 (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)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $310.79 vs $321.64