As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and mirrorless. 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 B700)

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 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 february 2016).

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$425

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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each supports an external flash

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
2 years newer
$195 - $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

  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

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

  • Great zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
1 year newer
$350 - $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)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and FZ72

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

Nikon Coolpix B700

Nikon Coolpix B700
2 years newer
$349 - $447

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the FZ72)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B700 (vs the FZ72)

  • Worse wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix B700 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (9 fps vs 4 fps), has in-camera HDR and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

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 much narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13.2 EV) and has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots).

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D
6 months newer
$369 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 9.7 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 1200D (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the 1200D and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400
3 years newer
$370 (body only)
$394 - $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

  • None found

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
4 months older
$629 - $680 (body only)
$949 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,256 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 83.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 24.2 bits vs 19.4 bits

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Shoots significantly slower: 6 fps vs 9 fps
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D7100 and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
5 months newer
$405 (body only)
$399 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 82.0 vs 41.0
  • Better color depth: 24.3 bits vs 19.4 bits

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the D3300 and FZ72

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$299 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 9 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • None found

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
2 years older
$331 (body only)
$821 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much thinner: 3.1" vs 4.6"
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the 1100D and FZ72

  • None found

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 slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), supports an external flash and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (20 mm vs 4 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly larger (large (130×97×118 mm) vs compact (102×58×36 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500
1 year newer
$348

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX500 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the DSC-WX500 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
2 years newer
$338

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Large (130×97×118 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and FZ72

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60
6 months newer
$275 - $286

Significant advantages of the HX60 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 20 mm
  • Significantly 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

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

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FZ72 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is newer (july 2013 vs july 2012), is more popular and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.1 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 16,000 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha A3000

Sony Alpha A3000
similar age
$398 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the A3000 (vs the FZ72)

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

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
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
1 year older
$591 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the FZ72)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-G5 and FZ72

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash