Panasonic DMC FZ72 Detailed Review

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The DMC FZ72 was presented by Panasonic in July 2013. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Brand Panasonic
Category Superzoom
Date 07/2013
Sensor Properties

In additional DMC FZ72 has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

Also DMC FZ72’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. That’s roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Panasonic supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Panasonic’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 16.80 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 16.10 megapixel
Pixel size 1.79 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 9 frames/second
Focal length (min) 20mm
Focal length (max) 1200mm
Aperture (max) 2.8
Aperture (min) 5.9
Viewfinder Properties

The DMC FZ72 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 0.20 megapixel, close to the practical minimum for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.46x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.46x
Resolution 0.20 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The DMC FZ72’s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 60s.

The highest shutter speed of the Panasonic is just 1/2000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/2000s
Min. shutter speed 60s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC FZ72’s sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 3200 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC FZ72 supports all general exposure modes.

The Panasonic allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The DMC FZ72’s auto focus processor uses 23 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Panasonic, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 23
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The DMC FZ72 has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 8m (27 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Range 8.00m
(27 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DMC FZ72 features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the DMC FZ72’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The DMC FZ72 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC FZ72 video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC FZ72 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Panasonic. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Panasonic DMC FZ72 works with a BMB9 battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 400 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC FZ72’s battery battery parameters:

Type BMB9
In-camera charging
Battery life 400 photos

The Panasonic DMC FZ72’s dimensions are 130.2 x 97 x 118.2mm³. (5.1″ x 3.8″ x 4.7″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is a reasonable 600 grams (19.4 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC FZ72:

Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

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