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.

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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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You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic value camera I purchased this camera as I was going on safari in South Africa and wanted a camera with a decent zoom. I am extremely happy with the picture quality of the shoots. 13 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent camera Fantistc optical zoom good quality lense produce good quality pictures Comfortable to hold and easy to use would recommend this camera 30 September 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it! Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a great camera. Easy to use, massive zoom lens with very good auto focus. Loads of easy to use features. You could easily pay over £800 for a similar spec' bridge camera and you would struggle to notice the difference. For the spec' and zoom capabilities, this camera is very good value for money. In addition, the service at John Lewis was spot on! 02 September 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by An excellent choice Having looked at a number of options I narrowed it down to two models and must say i am thrilled with my choice. An easy to operate camera for a novice such as I, with the 60x zoom living up to expectations. I am looking forward to my Safari trip even more so now I know I am able to take close-ups without endangering life! The Bill Oddie sales video on the Lumix website was a deciding factor in my choosing this model. 01 September 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Easy to use, fantastic results Decided to buy this camera as my previous 2 panasonic cameras never let me down. It was reasonable priced with some good features. It is easy to use and produces excellent quality images. 30 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by DMC-FZ72 as a replacement for a Leica V-LUX 40 My wife had damaged her much-prized Leica, which meant that we didn't have a camera capable of long telephoto shots. (We like photographing animals and birds.) Leica have stopped marketing the V-LUX 40, apparently because it has been found to be vulnerable to accidental damage of the telephoto.) The new camera has been used for one overseas trip, and in my view it has performed admirably, but my wife won't use it because she finds it cumbersome! I find the camera features, especially the viewfinder excellent. I think I've gained a camera! 12 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfectly capable super zoom. A bargain at the current circa £200 price. A very useful and configurable all purpose camera. Goes from an extra wide 20mm equivalent to 1200mm. No real vices that I can find and as long as you do not imagine you are getting a large sensor camera it does very well. I competes with the shorter zoom but faster lens FZ200 amongst the Panasonic fans so it probably has not done as well as it deserves but I think it is a fine buy for its type. The wind shielded microphone is an extra bonus. 23 June 2015
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