As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix FZ72's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX510 HS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix L830)

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 50x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), captures 3D images, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots) 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 120 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
10 months older
$382 - $400

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

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

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year older
$380 - $598

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

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

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

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the FZ72

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
6 months newer
$427

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the FZ72)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the P600 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 60x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix P600 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
4 months older
$400 - $418

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the FZ72)

  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • No RAW support
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
6 months newer
$458

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Less zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No RAW support

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 50x vs 60x
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
7 months newer
$288 - $298

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the FZ72)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and FZ72

  • Incredible zoom: 64.6x vs 60x
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the Sony CyberShot DSC-H400 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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 3 fps), has in-camera HDR and creates panoramas in-camera.

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 80.0), has much less color depth (19.4 bits vs 23.5 bits), has significantly narrower dynamic range (10.8 EV vs 13 EV) and has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
1 year older
$567 (body only)
$477 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • 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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and FZ72

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
2 years older
$278 (body only)
$427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 919 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D3100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $278.29 vs $391.61
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
2 years older
$352 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 171 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 80.0 vs 41.0

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the FZ72)

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

common strengths of the D5100 and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $352.00 vs $391.61
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon EOS 600D

Canon EOS 600D
2 years older
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 22.1 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 600D (vs the FZ72)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 9 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 600D and FZ72

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 600D vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D
2 years older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Better color depth: 21.9 bits vs 19.4 bits
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 755 ISO vs 171 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the 1100D (vs the FZ72)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the 1100D and FZ72

  • Inexpensive: $399.95 vs $391.61
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 1100D vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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 3.6x), has a significantly wider wide angle lens (20 mm vs 28 mm), captures 3D images, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots) and slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), is slightly more noisy at high ISO (171 ISO vs 390 ISO), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has significantly lower image quality (41.0 vs 66.0) and has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,229k dots).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
1 year older
$498

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

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much better image quality: 66.0 vs 41.0
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 171 ISO

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

  • Much less zoom: 3.6x vs 60x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 20 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and FZ72

  • Supports RAW
  • In-camera panoramas
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year older
$362 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Much smaller: Mid size 111x68x46 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • More dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 10.8 EV

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 3.8x vs 60x
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and FZ72

  • Supports RAW
  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 20 mm
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the DMC-LX7 vs the FZ72

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 wide angle lens (20 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), 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 922k dots), is much larger (large 130x97x118 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
7 months newer
$482 - $500

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
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and FZ72

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the DMC-TZ60 vs the FZ72

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
6 months newer
$299 - $350

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the FZ72)

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

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 zoom: 30x vs 60x
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Panasonic Lumix TZ40

Panasonic Lumix TZ40
6 months older
$230

Significant advantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Has a GPS
  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Large 130x97x118 mm
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the TZ40 (vs the FZ72)

  • Much less zoom: 20x vs 60x
  • No RAW support
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the TZ40 and FZ72

  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera HDR
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix TZ40 vs the Lumix FZ72