Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Bridge Camera, HD 1080p, 16.1MP, 60x Optical Zoom, 3” LCD Screen, Black

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The powerful Panasonic DMC-FZ72 digital bridge camera strikes an ideal balance between versatility and performance. It pairs an advanced processing engine with a precision-engineered 20mm wide-angle lens for faster, sharper shooting. When a picture just won’t do, you can switch to crisp Full HD video capture, and thanks to the 60x optical zoom - you’ll always be in the middle of the action.


Key benefits:

  • This camera combines Panasonic’s Venus Engine with a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor. The result is sharper, more detailed shots, with less noise in low light situations.

  • A 60x optical zoom ensures that you don’t miss a beat. This can even be pushed to 120x in digitally enhanced Intelligent Zoom mode.

  • Record Full HD 1080p in the popular AVCHD and MP4 formats and watch your movies back on a monitor or HD TV through the mini HDMI port. Your videos will even boast high quality Dolby Digital sound.

  • The POWER OIS (Optical Image Stabiliser) effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration. In addition, the 60x optical zoom with POWER OIS is available in video recording too

  • Sound quality is improved thanks to the Wind Shield Zoom Microphone that minimises wind noise.

  • The DMC-FZ72 is equipped with a 0.2-inch EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) for flawless portraiture. Thanks to the 60fps frame rate, image lag is minimised making it suitable for shooting fast-moving subject under strong sunlight.

  • Includes charger, battery pack, USB cable, shoulder strap, CD-ROM, lens cap, lens cap string and PHOTOfunSTUDIO software.

Battery life Information How long the battery lasts for (and if applicable) until it needs recharging
Approx 400 shots per charge
Camera Type
Digital Bridge
miniHDMI, AV Output (PAL / NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)
Digital Bridge
H97 x W130 x D118mm
Direct printing Information Can connect to a compatible digital camera to print without the need to use a computer.
Eligible for International Delivery
Image Stabilisation
Internal Memory
3.58 - 215mm (20 - 1200mm in 35mm equiv.)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN)
Maximum ISO Rating
Megapixels Information 1 Megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels. A pixel is an individual element of a digital image. Megapixels determine the resolution of an image and the more you have the higher the quality of the image.
Memory Card (included)
Memory Card Type
Model name / number
NFC enabled Information Devices with NFC can be tapped together to establish a wireless connection for sending or streaming files and other data
Power Supply
1x lithium-ion battery and charger
Screen size
Sensor Type
Shooting Modes
Sweep Panorama
Touch Screen
Video Resolution
1080p HD video
Weight Information Unpackaged weight
Zoom (digital) Information Enlarges video captured by the optical zoom and makes it seem even closer
Zoom (optical) Information A 7 x zoom will get you closer to your subject than a 5 x zoom


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Q & As

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brilliant piece of kit Bought this camera as an upgrade to my Fuji HS 20 EXR and boy was I impressed with it's performance, very fast start and zoom great 60x zoom that even without a tripod can be great just zoom out a little slower. In all a very good camera with a great name of Panasonic behind it I would recommend to anyone not wanting to go down the DSLR route with several lenses so 10/10 25 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A superb piece of kit The purchase started as a general chat about camera's. The John Lewis partner had all the time in the world and discussed my needs. Checking all the products it was easy to decide on the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ72 for wildlife photography and I am more than satified with my new camera. 27 January 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very very pleased I use a bridge camera for my work which I now see is very basic. When I got this as a christmas pressent I was so pleased. This is so simple to use, the basic set up instructions had me up and using in within minutes and the pictures, wow you can see the difference. I am only a basic user previously having a panasonic previous, I knew that the quality would be good. I hope that this will now give me the scope to expand my skills. 13 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it bought this camera two weeks ago at John Lewis a good deal with a price promice and £30 cash back.wanted the camera for upcoming cruise to Spain and gibralter,have just returned and I am delighted with the quality of the photos,especialy the wide angle panarama shot mode photos.its so easy to use my best buy for a long time 09 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seems excellent I have not tamed this beast completely yet, but so far it takes first class pictures, and is both intuitive and easy to use. I hope to explore the far boundaries of photography in due course, after reading the rather daunting on-line manual. 30 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great new camera from Panasonic Lumix. Equipped with a 1.7 X lens and adapter the camera is a very light alternative to a DSLR and its heavy bulky lenses. 05 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good all-rounder Still getting to grips with the camera but so far I'm liking it. Lightweight compared to my previous Lumix of a few years ago. Controls are easy to use. Went for this camera as it has a normal viewfinder which I prefer, as well as a screen. Good creative control with lots of features. The creative touch is excellent. Particularly like the 'one point colour'. Zoom is nice and smooth but there are times when it's best to use a tripod even if it's a mini one. Battery life seems good and doesn't take long to recharge. I would suggest downloading the manual onto a phone, tablet etc as there is so much to digest! 30 July 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My first 'real' camera and it was wonderful! I wanted a camera that I could take on Safari to Tanzania (no relation to the previous reviewer!) and felt my little digital would not be good enough. Knowing very little about cameras, this seemed light and simple to use. It was in fact fantastic, It was easy to understand and find my way about quickly, especially as I only had it a few days before I went. I could easily find the right buttons without looking and switch modes, playing with different effects. The viewfinder was essential with the sun and I could change the light settings within a few clicks. The zoom worked well too, very little shake, especially as I was in a vehicle with other people moving around and I took some amazing photos. I can't tell you anything technical and if you are a photo geek it may be a bit basic, but it was perfect for new amateur and I love every second of using it. 20 July 2014
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