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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

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Expert Review

14 October 2013
  • Conclusion: At first glance, a camera like this seems pretty expensive, being as it costs roughly the same – or in some cases more – than a beginner level DSLR with a sensor size far exceeding the FZ72's 1 /2.3 inch device. However, for your money you get a huge amount of flexibility with that 60x zoom that you just wouldn't be able to achieve with a DSLR without shelling out a lot of money and carrying around a huge piece of equipment.
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Overall 8
Design 9
Value for money 8
Features 9
Performance 9
Picture quality 8

Panasonic Lumix FZ72 Review

What Digital Camera
28 September 2013
  • Summary: 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 innovation over the years, with incredibly high-resolution sensors and ever-more-powerful zoom lenses. However this has not always resulted in better cameras.
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Overall 8

Panasonic Lumix FZ72 review

Pocket Lint
16 December 2013
  • Conclusion: 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 the competition out there. In practice we found above the 1000mm equivalent to be a bit too soft, but it was rare we needed to max out the zoom.
  • Pros: Massive zoom range available, decent image stabilisation, electronic viewfinder built-in, raw image quality worth the write-to-card wait, low-mid ISO settings can deliver decent image quality
  • Cons: Almost always overexposes, shutter lag, 1200mm is too soft, slow for raw file writing, competition is strong (Canon SX50 HS), no eye-level-finder for viewfinder activation
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Overall 8

Expert Review

Photo answers
7 December 2013
  • Conclusion: With such an extensive focal length range packed into one camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ72 will certainly appeal to anyone looking for a do-it-all, all-in-one package. Overall it's a nicely built, responsive camera that's a pleasure to use, though it's let down a little by a limited ISO and shutter speed range, and a rather pedestrian, three-shot burst mode. Similarly-priced rivals offer more in these stakes, but nothing else matches it for zoom range.
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Overall 9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Review

18 October 2013
  • Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 was announced in July 2013 and is a bridge camera which has a 60x optical zoom lens. At the moment this is the most amount of zoom you'll find on a digital camera. If this isn't enough for you there is an optional tele conversion lens, shown below, which means the zoom can be extended further to 102x! The FZ72 is available now for approximately £330.
  • Pros: Lots of optical zoom, Feature packed, Excellent battery life, Decent image quality, Plenty of buttons for the experienced user, Teleconverter available for additional zoom
  • Cons: Shooting slows down after just a few shots in some of the continuous shooting modes, The number of buttons may overwhelm a novice, Video quality suffers as you zoom in
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Overall 7

Panasonic Lumix FZ72

Trusted Reviews
8 October 2013
  • Summary: A bridge camera with a 60x optical zoom: what could go wrong?
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Overall 6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 review

18 September 2013
  • Summary: A good all-rounder with a massive 60x zoom range, but overshadowed by the competition
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

24 August 2013
  • Excerpt: Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is the size of it. We half expected a camera the size of a mid-range DSLR with a zoom that size on it. However, it's not actually that bad. Sure it's a little bit bigger than a bridge camera that features a smaller zoom range, but that's to be expected. The design has been given a rework with smoother corners, a chunkier grip and adverse angles on the top where the hotshoe is located.
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Overall 6

Panasonic Lumix FZ72 im Test

color foto
16 April 2014
  • Summary: Mit ihrem 60-fach Zoom legt die Panasonic DMC-FZ72 die Messlatte in der Megazoom-Klasse auf eine neue Höhe. Unser Test zeigt, ob auch die Bildqualität stimmt.
  • Pros: Gigantischer Brennweitenbereich mit gutem Weitwinkel, Elektronischer Sucher, Guter Bildstabilisator, RAW-Modus
  • Cons: Teils umständliche Bedienung, Brauchbare Bildqualität nur bei ISO 100
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Готовим обзор Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, новой портативной 16,1 МП камеры с 60-кратным зум-объективом

22 December 2013
  • Excerpt: К нам прибыла новая дальнобойная камера Panasonic – 60-кратная Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72, созданная по фирменной концепции “все в одном”, предполагающей максимально широкий функционал в компактном корпусе. Среди нововведений, отличающий аппарат как от предшествующих моделей, так и от продукции конкурентов – сверхширокоугольное фокусное расстояние 20 мм при мощнейшем зуме и очень эффективная система оптической стабилизации.
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