Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Reviews: Digital Bridge Camera

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8.9 out of 10 based on 69 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72: 16 MP (Megapixels), 60x optical zoom, SD storage, Optical image stabiliser digital Bridge camera. See full product description

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Richard, London Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
I bought the camera for its huge zoom capability and am delighted with it. The digital zoom does get a little fuzzy, but that is to be expected when you are up to ×120!
Bad points:
The overall build quality is no more than adequate. My previous Sony bridge camera felt far more robust.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 4.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Apr 2015

Dave, Swindon Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
great, easy to use.
Ideal point and shoot camera with that astonishing zooooooom.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Feb 2015

John, Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, takes good pics out of the box. Wide angle lens is great for interior shots and the zoom is excellent.
Bad points:
Would have been nice to have the zoom on the barrel instead, it can be awkward to change zoom and shoot quickly. That's probably me though.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Apr 2015

Samuel,

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Distance
Bad points:
No
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 May 2015

Malcolm, Mid Wales Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Although packed with technology for the keen photographer still simple enough for point and shoot snappers like me.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2015

Ray, Brighton Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic zoom range and reasonably intuitive controls. Compact, light and easy to handle.
Bad points:
Viewfinder could have better resolution but apart from that, nothing of any consequence.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 06 May 2015

John,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The 60x zoom is brilliant, recently took a picture of a flower arrangement from 50 yards & couldn't believe the result
Bad points:
None so far but still learning the ins & outs
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Apr 2015

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Product Features

Camera Type Bridge
Optical zoom ratio 60
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 5
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Media format SDXC
Media format SDHC
Media format SD
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Weight (g) 606
Flash Yes

Also known as: Lumix DMC-FZ72, Panasonic Lumix FZ72

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Manufacturer's Description

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 features an incredible 60x optical zoom a long with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilser) to ensure blurless shots with powerful zooming. The 16.1 megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and LSI Venus Engine give super-fast response, sensitivity and image quality. Full HD video comes with Dolby Digital Stereo along with full zoom capability.

60x optical zoom & Super Wide-angle
The Lumix FZ72 boasts a massive 60x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm) making it possible to capture your subject from a distance.

Exceptionally versatile, the FZ72 also features a stunning LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens, which captures approx. 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm lens, allowing you to capture dynamic and expressive landscapes.

Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, this advanced lens unit packs a whole lot into the outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and colour bleeding at tele end. The zoom ratio can be further extended up to 120x equivalent, maintaining the picture quality even when combining a digital zoom thanks to the Intelligent Zoom and the Intelligent Resolution technology.

POWER O.I.S With Active Mode
The FZ72 is equipped with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode. Providing approx. twice the correction angle at the tele-end setting, and blurless zoom shots and night shots, this feature ensures stable framing and blurless shots with powerful zooming. The Active Mode is also fully functional in video recording, allowing active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality.

Full HD Video with Stunningly Clear Sound
The FZ72 is versatile not only in its optical performance but also in its photo/video hybrid shooting capability . You can record high-resolution full-HD 1,920 × 1,080 60i (NTSC, sensor output 30p) / 50i (PAL, sensor output 25p) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray Disc players and the video can be played back by simply inserting an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card or by connecting with a mini HDMI cable. Alternately, users can choose MP4 at 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL) for video recording, which has a higher compatibility with PCs.

The FZ72 also boasts the highly realistic Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator for superior video sound. The newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone minimizes wind noise by approx.70% compared with the predecessor DMC-FZ62, resulting in clear sound, even if it was recorded on a windy day. With a substantial increase in volume by approx.50%, the microphone boasts better S/N ratio to suppress noise in quiet circumstances to catch the target sound.

The 60x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is also available in video recording. Designed to be user friendly, a dedicated button on the top of the camera enables users to instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings.

High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine for High Speed Response and High Picture Quality
The new 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine elevate the response, sensitivity and image quality of the DMC-FZ72. The FZ72 provides Light Speed AF, allowing users to quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when shooting sports scenes or animals. Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ72 shoots 9 fps in 16.1 megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter, and 5 fps with continuous AF. Together with the quick start-up time of approx. 0.9 secs, the DMC-FZ72 never misses the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

Intuitive Control
Full manual control is available with DMC-FZ72 for advanced users to enjoy more creative photography. With its P/A/S/M mode, users can enjoy creative shooting, offering users unlimited ways of expression in both photo and video.

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