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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Digital Camera

PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
16.1MP 60x MOS Apr 2014
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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34 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writers at Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com both concluded that this Panasonic digital camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 80% based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews.

Excellent Owner Reviews

Based on 965 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is outstanding.

Good Brand

Panasonic bridge camera digital cameras have good reviews on average and across all digital cameras Panasonic is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Quality Lens

Five Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owners considered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 had a good zoom. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review four years ago “Is a bridge camera which has a 60x optical zoom lens”. Ephotozine.com also said “The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 boasts an impressive 60x optical zoom lens, however, as the lens starts at the ultra wide-angle equivalent of 20mm”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert review site Expert Reviews “A good all-rounder with a massive 60x zoom range.” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review nonetheless they only rated the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 60 out of 100.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owner who bought it reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Size

Some customers who purchased the product agreed that it was compact. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com 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 of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72. Expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review “Panasonic today presented two new cameras—one at either end of its "compact" digital camera range” .

Good Technical Features

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it had good features. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review 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” . Ephotozine.com also wrote “There are plenty more features that will he”.

Good Quality Pictures

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. One person who purchased it reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “The camera features a 16 megapixel sensor, full HD video” .

Easy to Use

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was easy to use. Digitalversus.com said on Digital Versus “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” in their review.

Robust

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was well made. Trustedreviews.com said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review on Trusted Reviews “The Panasonic Lumix FZ72 is a solid camera.”.

Good Video Capture

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 owner mentioned in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 was good for video recording.

Very Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of digital cameras of this age and spec is 32x. 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 bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

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

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price].

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Very Wide Field of View

The average field of view of bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 99%. The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very wide field of view (100 percent) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Electrical Viewfinder Type

This digital camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is the most frequently found viewfinder type on digital cameras of a similar type and age 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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Supports Three Image Formats Supporteds

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of supported image formats than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The most frequently supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic camera. The image formats supporteds JPEG XR, MPO and RAW are also supported by this camera.

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Fairly Big Extra/Smart Zoom

With an extra/Smart zoom of 135 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the bigger extra/Smart zooms amongst bridge camera digital cameras of this age. The average extra/Smart zoom of bridge camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is 72x.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 1,200 millimeter, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to 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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Very Big Internal Memory

At 200 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. Bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 have internal memorys of between 8MB and 200MB, and the average internal memory is 54MB.

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Has Six White Balances

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

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Six Number of Aspheric Elementss

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a six number of aspheric elements camera. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72 have between 1 and 11 number of aspheric elementss.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a higher still image resolution than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Panasonic digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago 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 digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400 are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a digital camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as 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 Panasonic 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 digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this digital camera. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera 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 across all cameras that were released more than two years ago.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a wider light exposure correction than most cameras of this age and type. This camera has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to 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 more than two years.

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

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum Aperture Number

The average minimum aperture number of bridge camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago is 3.5, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 2.6 to 19. With a minimum aperture number of only 2.8, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by digital cameras of this type and age.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 20 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a very short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4.5mm and the longest is 28mm.

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13 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support video capability.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support video capability including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200[plb_3140190_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other bridge camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras that were launched more than two years ago 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 number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is more than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The motion JPEG frame rates of bridge camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72 range from 24fps to 240fps. At only 25 frames per second, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Only Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has a Shutter priority AE light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on cameras of a similar type 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Panasonic camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The camera file systems "DCF", "DPOF 1.1" and "RAW" are also supported by this camera.

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Only Features Four Image Quality Adjustments

The Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most bridge camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera features a Contrast image quality adjustment, which is the most frequently featured image quality adjustment featured on bridge camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FZ72. The image quality adjustments "Brightness", "Saturation" and "Sharpness" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of only 8 seconds, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. Cameras of this spec and age have slowest camera shutter speeds of between 2s and 120s.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

At only 895 milliamperes * hour, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. Bridge camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have battery capacitys of between 890mAh and 1,500mAh.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

Across all the bridge camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 64 to 400, and the average ISO sensitivity (min) is 93. At 100, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly big ISO sensitivity (min) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to 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 bridge camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FZ72.

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Average Megapixel

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 has a fairly average megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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MOS Sensor Type

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

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

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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

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Expert Reviews

(19)
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...

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...

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User Reviews

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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 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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic 9v58za00, panasonic dmcfz72ef, panasonic dmcfz72eg, panasonic promotion, panasonic dmcfz72efk, panasonic dmcfz72egk
Barcodes 04010869236843, 04010869246859, 05025232752256, 05025232752263, 05025232752270, 05025232752287, 05025232760503, 05054230866313
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