PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ72 – Digital camera




Product Description

PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ72 – Digital camera

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 is a digital camera with a powerful zoom. Its 20 mm ultra wide-angle lens is combined with a focal length of 1200 mm allowing you to take dynamic landscape photos. The 20 mm lens captures a surface that’s 140% greater than that of a 24 mm lens.The Lumix DMC-FZ72 features a highly sensitive 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and Venus processor which makes for a very responsive device. Taking advantage of the latest technology in data transfer, the FZ72 reaches 9 frames / sec in burst mode at full resolution.

The 3-inch LCD screen has an anti-reflective surface and a very wide viewing angle. This bridge also has built in optical stabilization to effectively remove the hand’s micro-shaking during shooting. The Power OIS system is also used in Full HD mode.

Internal menu languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Detailed product description

PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ72 – Super Zoom camera

Continuing to push the boundaries, is the new addition to the award winning and well renowned FZ series of cameras – the DMC-FZ72. It comes equipped with an outstanding zoom range with a 20mm ultra wide-angle lens and the industry’s highest 60x optical zoom.

Super Wide-angle & Super Zoom

The FZ72 boasts the industry’s highest 60x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm) making it possible to capture your subject from a distance. Thanks to the exceptionally long zoom, you can confidently capture shots that are not possible with alternative zoom cameras. Exceptionally versatile, the FZ72 also features a stunning LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens, which captures approx. 140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm lens, allowing you to capture dynamic and expressive landscapes. With the ultra wide-angle lens and super zoom, the FZ72 covers virtually all shooting angles.

Comprising 14 elements in 12 groups, including 6 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) lenses, this advanced lens unit packs a whole lot into the outstandingly compact body while delivering exceptional optical performance suppressing distortion at wide end and colour bleeding at tele end.

The zoom ratio can be further extended up to 120x equivalent, maintaining the picture quality even when combining a digital zoom thanks to the Intelligent Zoom and the Intelligent Resolution technology. If this wasn’t enough, the optical zoom ratio can further be extended with a 1.7x Tele Conversion Lens DMW-LT55 (sold separately). The 1.7x zoom of the DMW-LT55 telephoto lens transforms the 60x optical zoom of the FZ72 to an incredible 102x optical zoom, which is so powerful it can even capture the cratered surface of the moon clearly.

POWER O.I.S With Active Mode

The DMC-FZ72 is equipped with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode – a feature enjoyed by the high-end DMC-FZ200 model. Providing approx. twice the correction angle at the tele-end setting, and blurless zoom shots and night shots, this feature ensures stable framing and blurless shots with powerful zooming.

The Active Mode is also fully functional in video recording, allowing active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality.

Full HD Video with Stunningly Clear Sound

The FZ72 is versatile not only in its optical performance but also in its photo/video hybrid shooting capability . You can record high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60i (NTSC, sensor output 30p) / 50i (PAL, sensor output 25p) videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray Disc players and the video can be played back by simply inserting an SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card or by connecting with a mini HDMI cable. Alternately, users can choose MP4 at 30p (NTSC) / 25p (PAL) for video recording, which has a higher compatibility with PCs.

The FZ72 also boasts the highly realistic Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator for superior video sound. The newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone minimizes wind noise by approx.70% compared with the predecessor DMC-FZ62, resulting in clear sound, even if it was recorded on a windy day. 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 industry leading 60x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is also available in video recording, allowing recording of events in the distance. Designed to be user friendly, a dedicated button on the top of the camera enables users to instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings.

High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and Venus Engine for High Speed Response and High Picture Quality

The new 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine elevate the response, sensitivity and image quality of the DMC-FZ72. The FZ72 provides Light Speed AF, allowing users to quickly focus on moving subjects, such as when shooting sports scenes or animals. Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ72 shoots 9 fps in 16.1-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter, and 5 fps with continuous AF. Together with the quick start-up time of approx. 0.9 secs, the DMC-FZ72 never misses the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

Intuitive Control

Full manual control is available with DMC-FZ72 for advanced users to enjoy more creative photography. With its P/A/S/M mode, users can enjoy creative shooting, offering users unlimited ways of expression in both photo and video.


Technical specifications


Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Colour Support Colour
Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.2″
Viewfinder Resolution 202,000 pixels
Field Coverage 100%

Exposure & White Balance

White Balance Bracketing Yes
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)
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
Exposure Modes AVCHD
Light Sensitivity ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO auto, ISO auto (1600-6400)
Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Presets Incandescent, cloudy, Flash, daylight, shade
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
Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, 2 or 3 EV steps
Min Shutter Speed 60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec

Dimensions & Weight

Width 13.02 cm
Depth 11.82 cm
Weight 562 g
Height 9.7 cm

Lens System

Min Focus Distance 30 cm
Type 60 x zoom lens – 3.58 – 215 mm – f/2.8-5.9
Lens Construction 12 groups / 14 elements
Features ED glass, aspherical lens
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 20 – 1200mm
Zoom Adjustment Motorised drive
Macro Focus Range 1cm


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

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed 2 frames per second, 5 frames per second, 9 frames per second, 10 frames per second (3MPix)
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
Self Timer Delay 10 sec, 2sec

Memory / Storage

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
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
Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Memory Card Slot SD card


Type 3″ LCD display
Display Features Built-in
Resolution 460,000 pixels


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


Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output
Memory Card Slot SD card

Camera Flash

Flash Terminal TTL phase detection
Flash Modes Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
Effective Flash Range 0.3 m – 13.5 m : ISO auto ( wide lens ) ¦ 1 m – 6.4 m : ISO auto ( tele lens )
Features AF illuminator


Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 895 mAh ( included )
Battery Life Details Photo shooting – 400 shots


AV Interfaces A/V composite, HDMI
Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 23
Sensor Resolution 16.1 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type MOS
Total Pixels 16,800,000 pixels
Digital Video Format AVCHD, H.264
Product Type Digital camera – compact
Image Recording Format JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, MPO, MPO + JPEG

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