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A 20 mm ultra wide-angle 60x optical zoom lens makes it possible to capture dynamic landscape and wild animals distant away. The 20 mm ultra wide-angl...

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published 27/12/2013 | Imperial07
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Pro Wide telephot lens, 60x super zoom, excellent manual controls
Cons not ergonomically designed, bulky, low-lihgt issues, superzoom not for video
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"A perfect Bridge Camera though on the expensive side."

I have graduated on my photographic journey. I used to be on a scale 4 on a 10 and was scared to use anything beyond my aim and shoot compact camera. Now I am on a scale 6 and hence graduated to a bridge camera. A bridge camera is something you need to have when you do feel confident of employing some manual camera effects to your photographs rather than just depend on what your camera offers you. I now use this bridge camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72EB. I have done some trial photographs using this camera and feel confident enough to provide a review.


The camera costs £287.99 on Amazon. So certainly it is not a budget camera. Also since it is fairly expensive I would advise a novice not to buy it. One should start with something more basic before graduating to this rather expensive equipment.
It comes with a fairly long list of bells and whistles to interest the graduating senior. It is equipped with a wonderful path breaking 60x telephoto zoom and an ultra-wide-angle lens all of 20mm. Though I am not a fan of the megapixels, it has an astounding 16.1 MP. Other frill objects that form part of the award winning Panasonic FZ series, like still and video optical image stabilizer, electronic Viewfinder, full manual control, stereo wind-supressed microphone and full HD video mode are all there.

What it gives as output are some stunning photographs that could be both artistic and aesthetically shot. It can also shoot very creative high definition videos along with the ususal chatter and banter family videos to enjoy during Christmas and for keepsake.

At a glance (from manual)

Megapixels: 16.1 High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine
Lens: Wide angle, 20 mm Telephoto, autofocus and manual
Zoom: 60x Optical Zoom Lens, 5x digital zoom
LCD Screen: 3" TFT LCD screen, 100% frame coverage
Viewfinder: 3in electronic
Dimensions: 130.2 x 97 x 118.2 mm (W x H x D)
Weight: 562g
HD Movies: Yes, Full HD 1920 x 1080 with sound
Manual Controls: Yes
Batteries: Lithium-ion, takes 400 shots approx.
Memory Cards: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Flash: Built-in and optional slot for external flash
Connections: USB, HDMI, A/V, TV output, pictbridge and direct printing


As I said before I am not a huge fan of the Megapixels. These are nice to have in a camera but it is not the deciding factor in a photograph. Most of family photos and portraits do not need a huge megapixel – the fact is that anything reasonable like 4 shall do. The reason is because you hardly print any of these now. All that you do is view it on a PC or laptop, or maybe on a TV output. This means even if your camera is capable of taking 16.1 million pixels on the camera lens you can only use the maximum pixels that your output offers for viewing. A high end computer monitor cannot offer more than 4 MP and a TV around 10 at best. So mostly this MP on a camera is a luxury you never get to use.

As for the effect of MP on print quality, unless you shall want to print a super quality photo of the size of 12 in x 15 in), the full result of a 16.1 MP camera shall not be reproduced on printed paper. This size is abnormally large and shall be needed only for special purpose like billboards. A normal print size can reproduce the full effects of only a 3 megapixel camera for sizes of 5 in x 7 in with a resolution (dots per inch) of 2048 x 1536 or a 5 megapixel camera for size of 8 in x 10 in with a resolution (dots per inch) of 2560 x 1920. A super quality print shall also not be able to give anything beyond 8 megapixels effect.

This camera comes with 16.1 MP far more than you would normally need. Something to boast on the manual, but not something that would enthrall me.

This bridge camera features a wide angle 60x optical zoom. I call optical zoom the real zoom. Digital zoom is nothing but image expansion. This camera has 5x digital zoom but I am not bothered about it and does not merit comment. My opinion shall refer to the optical zoom only as it is this that brings images close ensuring good resolution and quality. Higher the optical zoom, better it is. 60x is the highest you get anywhere and pushes the boundaries of the camera industry. With this sort of optical zoom you can aim to capture the minutest of details in tiniest of objects. As it is capable of bringing an object 60x closer you can pretty much shoot objects miles away. What it also does is that you no longer need to buy any other lens attachments.
With a 20mm wide angle lens you can easily cover a wide skyline, large group of people (indoor as well as outdoor), beautiful horizons spread on miles length and that lovely landscape that often fails to fit in a normal camera that does not have wide angle lenses. By rotating the camera 90 degrees, you can capture a group of tall buildings, gigantic mountains and amazing sky-scrapers. I have tried to do all of these and these comments are my personal reflections and not because the manual says so. All these things do generally fit in with any wide angled camera but along with the amazing super zoom it provides an astonishingly large expanse of clear, crisp and minute details than would otherwise be impossible. What you need to remember is that it shall require a bit of creativity – since objects and perspective tend to get lost in the widest frame.

The Bass Rock horizon spread on miles length at North Berwick or the Scottish Highland wild landscape can be captured with equal aplomb and detail. This camera could manage the detailed flora of Ben Nevis, a gigantic mountain by any proportion as well as architectural details of the London skyline with equal ease. The images are sharp and clean. I just got what I wanted with some creative discipline.

The front LCD monitor has a large 3 inch wide screen which is more than enough to see what you have captured. It is a TFT that allows you to view crystal clear images but the articulation is not there. However, it is not enough when you need to apply manual controls or when the sun glare down your LCD to make it difficult to visualize objects. Then you need a viewfinder. This camera is equipped with a 3 inch electronic viewfinder that aids you locate and focus on objects precisely. A very good function too if you need to focus and adjust manual controls to get that perfect shot. But the changeover mechanism leaves much to be desired – certainly not the best experience.

Its Optical Image Stabilizer, technically called MEGA O.I.S., is for image correction if your hands is vibrating. This camera has the latest benchmark - a fantastic feature for a person like me whose hands are not stable especially in the cold.

It is slightly bigger and heavier than a normal compact camera but to compensate it provides firm grip and dimpled resting place at the back of the camera for your thumb. But since there is lack of an articulated screen it restricts the way it can be held. Not fun if you are left-handed. Luckily for me I am not.

This camera comes with a host of manual controls – all nice to have when you graduate to the next level. You have the main menu that is well laid out. The Quick functions are very neat except that the selection button positioning at the right is a bit odd. Normally most of the cameras have them at the centre. There is the Fn function that is customizable for face detection, tracking, multi and spot focus. You also get dedicated buttons for burst mode, focus area, ISO speed, white balance and AF/MF/macro.

The burst functions are very good – fast to a level where it captures 1 photo every 0.6 seconds with a continuous 9fps. However, it does not have a large enough buffer to carry on and slows down after a few frames. The autofocus also tends to slow it down though it becomes essential in burst mode.

It has an in-built flash for low light. It comes with a optional slot to strap on external flash in case you need one as its performance deteriorates in low light.

HD movies are an integral part of modern day cameras. The ‘high definition movies’ allows you to record a rhythmic movements for a small length of time. This video function allows you to capture happy moments of your life, i.e. your 1 yr old son has started walking, your daughter is dancing or your wife is doing paragliding. The resolution of movie is so good, picture quality so sharp even in low light and the motion so smooth that I hardly believe it was not taken by a camcorder. However, the super zoom should not be used for video mode. The video is distorted and blurred even with a tripod.


A perfect Bridge Camera though on the expensive side.

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  • Pointress published 27/05/2016
    Very tempted as I want to step up from my compact.
  • Scotlass712 published 24/07/2015
    Back with the "E" as promised :-)
  • Scotlass712 published 23/07/2015
    Saved in faves for a return visit with an "E"... Fab review :-)
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Product Information : Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72

Manufacturer's product description

A 20 mm ultra wide-angle 60x optical zoom lens makes it possible to capture dynamic landscape and wild animals distant away. The 20 mm ultra wide-angle lens captures approx. 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24 mm angle of view. The intelligent zoom extends the zoom ratio up to 120x equiv. with minimum deterioration of image quality. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration. The angular width that the DMC-FZ72 can compensate is more than 200% wider than the predecessor DMC-FZ62 at the tele-end, which realizes handheld 1200 mm super telephoto shooting. The Active Mode is equipped with DMC-FZ72 that encourages active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality. The DMC-FZ72 records 1920 x 1080 Full-HD video in AVCHD/MP4. The sound quality is improved thanks to the newly developed wind shield zoom microphone that minimizes wind noise by approx. 70% compared with the DMC-FZ62. Externally, the special sealed structure prevents wind from hitting the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses retention of air internally. 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 16.1-megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor is newly integrated in DMC-FZ72. Together with the Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality even to the higher level. Integrating the high speed digital signal output technology, the DMC-FZ72 shoot 9 fps in 16.1-megapixel resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. It also contributes to the light speed AF. Together with the quick start-up time, the DMC-FZ72 never misses the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: Venus Engine

Sensor Resolution: 16.1 Megapixel

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Lens System: 60 x zoom lens - 3.58 - 215 mm - f/2.8-5.9

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Digital Zoom: 5 x, 120 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode)

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Electronic - 0.2" - colour

Display: LCD display - 3"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 895 mAh ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Colour: Black

Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.02 cm x 11.82 cm x 9.7 cm

Weight: 562 g

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

EAN: 5025232752270

Long Name: Lumix DMC-FZ72EB

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 16.1

Viewfinder / Viewfinder Type: without Viewfinder

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD Memory Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 60 x

LCD Display Size: 3

Autofocus: TTL

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Panasonic



Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Black

Sensor Resolution: 16.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: MOS

Total Pixels: 16,800,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 16,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Optical Zoom: 60 x

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Image Processor: Venus Engine

Image Stabiliser: Optical (POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 23

AE/AF Control: Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF

Digital Video Format: AVCHD, H.264

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, MPO, MPO + JPEG

Max Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, night portrait, PET, scenery, food, 3D image, panorama assist, night scene, panning, sports mode, sunset, behind glass, high sensitivity, starry sky, soft skin, baby1, baby2, handheld night shot, Dynamic Range (HDR)

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, soft focus, natural, monochrome, portrait, miniature, Cross Process, Retro, Happy, Expressive, high dynamic, Dynamic B&W, High Key, Low Key, Scenery, Toy effect, Star Filter, Impressive Art, One Point Colour, Old Days

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, cloudy, Flash, daylight, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 60 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV steps

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

Lens System

Type: 60 x zoom lens - 3.58 - 215 mm - f/2.8-5.9

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 20 - 1200mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm

Macro Focus Range: 1cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 12 groups / 14 elements

Features: ED glass, aspherical lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 13.5 m : ISO auto ( wide lens ) ¦ 1 m - 6.4 m : ISO auto ( tele lens )

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 2 frames per second, 5 frames per second, 9 frames per second, 10 frames per second (3MPix)

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Direct print, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, sharpness control, PictBridge support, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, saturation control, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording, highlight point display, in-camera film editing, contrast control, 1080p Full HD movie recording, Intelligent Resolution Technology, Exif Print support, HDR image enhancement technology, Intelligent Auto Plus (iA+), text stamp, Noise Reduction control, Light Speed AF, Creative Panorama function


Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Colour Support: Colour

Viewfinder Diagonal Size: 0.2"

Viewfinder Resolution: 202,000 pixels

Field Coverage: 100%


Type: 3" LCD display

Resolution: 460,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Stereo

Microphone Features: Zoom, wind noise reduction


Connector Type: 1 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Adobe Reader, Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2 Advanced Edition


Included Accessories: Battery charger, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, lens cap strap


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 895 mAh ( included )

Battery Life Details: Photo shooting - 400 shots

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: JPEG 4608 x 3456 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 3072 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2432 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1712 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1360 ¦ JPEG 640 x 424 ¦ JPEG 4608 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 3648 x 2056 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 1728 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1440 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 640 x 360 ¦ MPO 1920 x 1080 - 3D mode ¦ JPEG 3456 x 3456 ¦ JPEG 2736 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2304 x 2304 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 1536 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 480 x 480

Video Capture: H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 25 fps - 20Mbps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 25 fps - 10Mbps ¦ H.264 - 640 x 480 - 25 fps - 4Mbps ¦ AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 50 fps - 17Mbps ¦ AVCHD - 1280 x 720 - 50 fps - 17Mbps

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 13.02 cm

Depth: 11.82 cm

Height: 9.7 cm

Weight: 562 g


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