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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Digital Camera

Ephotozine Highly Recommended
16.1MP 60x MOS Jul 2013
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One Industry Award

This bridge camera digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Ephotozine who thought that this camera was very good.

Average Expert Reviews

This Panasonic camera has an average expert rating of 79% based on eleven expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Digital Versus.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 970 owner reviews this bridge camera digital camera has a superb average owner rating. This Panasonic digital camera in the top 13% of all the digital cameras of this age and spec when ranked by user rating.

Good Brand

Bridge cameras built by Panasonic have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just bridge cameras) and found that Panasonic also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

When compared to other bridge cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 that we have assessed, the Lumix DMC-FZ72's optical zoom of 60 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The average optical zoom of bridge cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 31x.

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3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 are not 3D compatible.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price], the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

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

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might also want to consider include the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price], the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

There are a number of other digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price], the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many bridge cameras that have been around 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.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think a cheaper camera such as the FinePix SL240[pl_1349973_price], and the FinePix SL240[pl_1349973_price] both from Fujifilm or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the PowerShot SX500 IS[pl_1410250_price], and the PowerShot SX500 IS[pl_1410250_price] both from Canon are also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Supports Three Image Formats

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

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Electrical Viewfinder

This camera has an Electrical viewfinder, which is the most frequently found viewfinder on bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 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 Big Extra / Smart Zoom

At 135 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly big extra / smart zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The average extra / smart zoom of bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 72x, and the extra / smart zooms range from 32x to 220x.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length

The maximum focal lengths of similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago range from 100mm to 1,600mm. With a maximum focal length of 1,200 millimeter, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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Very High Lens Magnification Ratio

With a lens magnification ratio of 19.6 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72's lens magnification ratio is one of the highest amongst digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The lowest lens magnification ratio of similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.96x and the highest is 20x.

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Six Aspheric Elements

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has more aspheric elements than most of the cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. Most of the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 only have between one and five aspheric elements, however this camera has six aspheric elements.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

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

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Very Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 8MB, the biggest is 200MB, and the average internal memory is 54MB. When compared to other bridge cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 that we have checked, the internal memory of the Lumix DMC-FZ72 of 200 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera has a Vivid photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The photo effects "Black&White", "Neutral" and "Sepia" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 still image resolution found on most cameras of this age and spec. This Panasonic camera also have still image resolutions 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 is actually the best still image resolution across all cameras of this age and spec.

The worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of digital camera is 640 x 360.

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Slideshow Playback Mode

This digital camera has a Next|Slideshow|Zoom playback mode, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the smaller maximum apertures (8) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the maximum apertures range from 2.7 to 20.

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400 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a digital camera that takes 400 shots shots per battery charge.

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Has Three Shooting Modes

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Manual, Movie and Scene are also found on this digital camera.

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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 were released more than two years ago.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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 available for more than two years. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this Panasonic camera. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera supports a video resolution 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a wider light exposure correction than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most bridge cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst light exposure correction is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most bridge cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this digital camera.

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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 the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports One Power Source

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of power sources than most bridge cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the smaller minimum apertures (only 2.8) amongst cameras of this age. The average minimum aperture of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 3.5.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 28mm. At only 20 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a quite short minimum focal length compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other bridge cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to consider including the Fujifilm FinePix SL240[plb_1349973_price] or the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price], or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is not waterproof. Most of the other bridge cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of flash modes than most bridge cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

Digital cameras of this spec and age have JPEG frame rates of between 24fps and 60fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most bridge cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras of this age and spec is 20s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 2s to 120s. With a maximum camera shutter speed of only 8 seconds, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the shorter maximum camera shutter speeds amongst bridge cameras of this age.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

At only 895 milliamperes * hour, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The battery capacities of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 740mAh to 1,500mAh.

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Thick

The depths of bridge cameras that have been available for more than two years range from 16mm to 150mm. At 118.2 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is quite thick compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Released Over Two Years Ago

This bridge camera digital camera has been on the market for over two years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other bridge cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS[plb_1410250_price], or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] which has better reviews; or the Fujifilm FinePix SL240[plb_1349973_price] which is cheaper.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly average weight (562 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Fujifilm FinePix SL240[plb_1349973_price] (470g) which is also cheaper.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.1 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively standard megapixel count compared to most of the other bridge cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

If this Panasonic camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price] (16.4MP), or the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (20.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a MOS sensor to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony RX10[plb_2051754_price] (CMOS and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix S1[plb_2145007_price] (CMOS and higher rated) or the Fujifilm FinePix SL240[plb_1349973_price] (CCD and cheaper).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Combined Zoom
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Focus Point
Manual Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Focus
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Display Aspect Ratio
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Other Features
Technical Details
Viewfinder

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Expert Reviews

(16)
21 February 2014

Photo answers review Photo answers rating Over the past few years, camera manufacturers have been consistently pushing the technological boundaries of their bridge cameras, loading them with...

16 December 2013

If you're after a big zoom at a fair price then the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 has a lot going for it. Premier to its feature set is that massive 20-1200mm equivalent zoom which offers more range than...

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...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 30 December 2013 by John Ryan

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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 14 September 2013 by John
(Verified Purchase)

I love this camera. The 65x zoom is incredible, and for it to then zoom back to a 20mm wide angle is really amazing. The lens, with another twitch on the lever, goes to a really good super macro... 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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