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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Digital Camera

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16.1MP 60x MOS Apr 2014
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35 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This camera received a "Highly Recommended" from both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which wrote that this Panasonic camera was very good.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews this bridge camera camera has an overall expert rating of 79%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 969 user reviews this Panasonic camera has an exceptional overall user rating. Owners think this camera is one of the better digital cameras of a comparable type and age.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Panasonic is one of the better rated digital camera brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Panasonic also has good reviews for its bridge cameras.

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Good Quality Lens

Five customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good zoom. Four years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review “Is a bridge camera which has a 60x optical zoom lens”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom lens, however, as the lens starts at the ultra wide-angle equivalent of 20mm”. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said four years ago “A good all-rounder with a massive 60x zoom range.” but even so they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

One person who bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 concluded that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Size

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com gave the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned four years ago “Lens technology has moved on so much that we now see that in compact cameras, while bridge cameras like the Panasonic Lumix FZ72” in their review. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “Panasonic today presented two new cameras—one at either end of its "compact" digital camera range” in their review.

Good Technical Features

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had good features. Ephotozine.com gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Ephotozine four years ago “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 packs a number of features that will appeal to many users, highlights including the 60x optical zoom lens, 1cm minimum focusing distance, 9 fps continuous shooting” in their review. Ephotozine.com also wrote “There are plenty more features that will he”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 reviewer who purchased the product mentioned that it had a good picture resolution.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine four years ago “The camera features a 16 megapixel sensor, full HD video” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review.

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Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owner who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 thought it was easy to use. Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus four years ago “Its 60x zoom can be used easily, with no need for particular skills or experience, making it a great travel companion or a handy second camera for users”.

Robust

One customer who reviewed it wrote that it was well made. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews four years ago “The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is a solid camera.”.

Good Video Capture

One customer said in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 60 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average optical zoom of bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 32x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price] which is cheaper; or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including a cheaper camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price] or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price].

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Very Wide Field of View

At 100 percent, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very wide field of view compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. Bridge cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 have field of views of between 95% and 100%.

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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic digital camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR, MPO and RAW are also supported by this camera.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This digital camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most frequently found viewfinder type on cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 1,200 millimeter, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 100mm, the longest is 1,600mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 750mm.

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Fairly Big Extra/Smart Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the bigger extra/Smart zooms (135 times zoom factor) amongst bridge cameras of this age. The average extra/Smart zoom of bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago is 72x.

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Very Big Internal Memory

At 200 megabytes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 the internal memorys range from 8MB to 200MB.

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Six Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a six number of aspheric elements camera.

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Has Six White Balances

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of white balance modes than most bridge cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 640 x 480, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2304 x 2304, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2736 x 2736, 3072 x 1728, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 2304, 3456 x 3456, 3648 x 2056, 3648 x 2432, 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592 and 4608 x 3072.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is in fact the best still image resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of this age and spec. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most bridge cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this camera.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 take between 180 and 869 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

The worst light exposure correction across similar types of digital camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Many Total Megapixels

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly many total megapixels (16.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The average total megapixels of digital cameras of this type and age is 17MP.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Panasonic camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst cameras of this age. Cameras of this type and age have minimum aperture numbers of between 2.6 and 19, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.5.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72, the Lumix DMC-FZ72's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 20 millimeters is one of the shortest. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 4.5mm, the longest is 28mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 24mm.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 do not support video capability. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most bridge cameras that were launched more than two years ago do not support wi-Fi. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support Full HD video, although this is within the context that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in other cameras which also support Full HD video including the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price].

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Most digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 are not waterproof. The Lumix DMC-FZ72 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of flash modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

At only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 the motion JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 240fps.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Manual" are also found on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of camera file systems than most bridge cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The camera file systems "DCF", "DPOF 1.1" and "RAW" are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Only Features Four Image Quality Adjustments

The number of image adjustment modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera features a Contrast image quality adjustment, which is the most commonly featured image quality adjustment featured on cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The image quality adjustments "Brightness", "Saturation" and "Sharpness" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 8 seconds, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The slowest camera shutter speeds of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 range from 2s to 120s, and the average slowest camera shutter speed is 19s.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the smaller battery capacitys (only 895 milliamperes * hour) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The battery capacitys of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 range from 890mAh to 1,500mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,100mAh.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 64 to 400. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of 100, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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8 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This bridge camera camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might want to consider including a cheaper digital camera such as the PowerShot SX530 HS[pl_2697682_price], or the PowerShot SX530 HS[pl_2697682_price] both from Canon or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200[pl_3140190_price], or the Lumix DMC-FZ200[pl_3140190_price] both from Panasonic.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 562 grams, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a pretty average megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a MOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a MOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price].

If the sensor type of this camera is too bad for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS[plb_2697682_price] (CMOS and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
Camera
3D
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Playback Modes
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity

2 Awards

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(16)
18 October 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 packs a number of features that will appeal to many users, highlights including the 60x optical zoom lens, 1cm minimum focusing distance, 9 fps continuous shooting and...

Ephotozine

8 October 2013

The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is a solid camera, but there's no doubt that compromises have been made in cramming in the 60x optical. If image quality is your number one priority then it may be wise to...

23 September 2013

The race between manufacturers, or rather between their respective marketing departments, to sell more cameras by printing ever bigger numbers on the box, has led to some impressive technical...

18 September 2013

A good all-rounder with a massive 60x zoom range, but overshadowed by the competition...

17 September 2013

The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is a pleasant-to-use bridge that's highly versatile and simple to figure out. Its 60x zoom can be used easily, with no need for particular skills or experience, making it...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 30 December 2013 by John Ryan

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Reviewed 30 October 2013 by Cam korda
(Verified Purchase)

I'll start with the drawbacks of the camera. Ok, that's that out of the way. Zoom has to be seen to be believed. The first shot I took was maxed out to 60x. The image stabilization is uncanny. The... Read more…

Reviewed 24 March 2014 by Mr Baz

I was quite keen to try the FZ72 after using quite a few big zoom models recently. It's a decent camera in many ways, the main appeal is the massive zoom range which is one of the biggest out... Read more…

Reviewed 13 August 2014 by David

This is well worth the money as long as you keep your expectations in check. 1) Image quality. In good light conditions with this camera it is easy to produce great images. In lower light... Read more…

Reviewed 26 September 2013 by Sakazoke
(Verified Purchase)

This is one of the best bridge camera's there are on the market. I have DSLR which i find heavy to carry around with all the lenses. This covers every possible lens i could need for zoo trips and... Read more…

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