Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 reviews and prices: Bridge camera

103 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

£196 – £290 at 12 retailers out of 412 retailers checked

9.0 out of 10 based on 103 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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Elliott, Birmingham Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Creates nice and clear photos.
Can zoom in 60 times optically.
Has loads of different modes.
Still works ok in the rain and wind.
Has wind cancelling mechanisms or software when recording video clips.
Can sweep in any directions when making panoramics, and as long as you like.
Bad points:
Little bit heavy (but you eventually get used to the weight).
Security guards in shopping centres might not like to see you carrying a large camera around.
Lens cap sometimes comes off.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 30 Nov 2015

Richard, Old Colwyn Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Huge zoom
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Dec 2015

andyharrower, Dunfermline Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Range of Optical Zoom - 20 - 1200
Bad points:
No connection for a remote shutter
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2015

Stephen, Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great quality photos
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Oct 2015

Bobbi, Tillicoultry Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Good for Macro, good for distant wildlife etc.Great size,not too heavy.A good all rounder.Intelligent auto is a bonus.Highly recommend this camera
Bad points:
No problems with the camera,just a problem with the operator! :) I hate getting used to a new camera,but I`m beginning to feel more comfortable with all my new settings now!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 24 Dec 2015

A,

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
NICE CAMERA
Bad points:
NO FOUND NOTHING NOT TO LIKE
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jan 2016

Leon, Wrexham Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
I bought this for my wife to replace DMC-FZ18 as that has been a reliable and excellent performance camera. It's very rare that you find a good camera for near and far. This is an ideal camera to be able to do a range of photography. The auto intelligence mode is great and takes more photos with different settings to hopefully find the ideal picture for you to have great photos every time.
Bad points:
Have not been able to work out how to turn off digital zoom. As not being a fan of this cause no matter how much image stabilizer works it is slow responding in the digital part making photos look poor. Due to motor for zoom using battery life if taking lots of photos in a day you may want to consider a spare battery, although does last fairly well considering.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 May 2014

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is reviewed on Expert Reviews

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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