Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Review

4.5
August 19, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

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#1 Daniel Ruschel

When you install sensors in these cameras really?

2:33 pm - Monday, August 19, 2013

#2 Dane Smith

check out this cool app that turns your 2d pictures into 3d pictures—- http://www.cmy3d.com

2:58 pm - Monday, August 19, 2013

#3 Claude B.

Who is the real one?
Lumix FZ72 with 1200mm
Or
The Canon FX50 also with 1200mm zoom ???

Now, witch on is worth the buy to have the best?

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS-vs-Panasonic-Lumix-FZ72

8:28 pm - Monday, August 19, 2013

#4 Michael R.

Thanks for this great review!
I have learned over the past years that photographyblog.com is the only source, where I can find reviews I can trust. : ) 

I have one question:
Are you going to take some test photos, in combination with the DMW-LT55 teleconversion lens?

That would be great!

Greetings from Germany
Michael

7:57 am - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

#5 CHFels

Hey, you guys have been eating your Wheaties, maybe even a can of Popeye’s spinach!  Great writing on this review, thanks. 

I’m not as enthusiastic about the lens as you are, however.  The 1200mm samples are so lacking in detail, I really wonder whether a 500mm image from an FZ200, taken at greater aperture and upsized, wouldn’t have the same detail, or even more.

Keep up the good work, that is, spicing up your writing and getting real - it’s appreciated!

CHFels

12:00 am - Thursday, August 22, 2013

#6 Anders

The image quality is disappointing. Look at the 20mm photos at ISO 100 outdoors. Very noisy and much noise reduction too.

The Fz72 like all other panasonic cameras has a superb Leica lens of excellent quality, however, the sensor in this case is a disaster.

4 years ago Fz35/Fz38 was launches with same sensor size and 12 MP which was handled very good, Canon SX50 also has 12 MP and handles it good.

Obviously 16 megapixels in a small sensor still isnt possible although 4 years has passed since then

9:01 pm - Thursday, August 22, 2013

#7 Claude B.

Other test with this FZ72 or 70 show very good results.
In Wide angle and maximum telephoto at 1200mm.

Click to enlarge them…  http://www.ephotozine.com/article/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz72-sample-photos-22591#comment_16555743

http://www.magezinepublishing.com/equipment/images/equipment/Lumix-FZ72-5229/highres/Panasonic-Lumix-FZ72-P1000016_1375359607.jpg

9:30 pm - Thursday, August 22, 2013

#8 Kurt

The picture quality is just terrible. I expected that Panasonic this year finally resolves these problems. I am extremely disappointed and no longer believe that the successor to the FZ200 has not this problem.

My smartphone makes better pictures!

9:14 am - Sunday, August 25, 2013

#9 Riccardo

Please stop breaking our nuts with image quality and sharpness!! it’s a 1/2.33’ sensor!! stop wasting air (or key stroke) for every new compact or bridge camera. Please…
I’m really tired of those IQ ultra-fan.

Talking about the camera I think it’s simply amazing! It packs all the feat an amateur or newbie can look for in this segment. 20-1200mm, RAW, good noise until 400-800, optical stabilization.

The only big issue it’s the lack of a focus and zoom ring like Fuji’s camera at the same price range

3:40 pm - Thursday, August 29, 2013

#10 Claude B.

@Riccardo, obviously those new generations of camera aren’t for you. If you prefer big body cameras it is your problem.
I’m a professional photographer and those compact and/or brige/compact cameras will be part of my gear with my big body camera. Sometimes the importance of getting quick and fast and discreet pictures is better then getting “0” pictures.
A picture by itself can say a lot.

7:17 pm - Thursday, August 29, 2013

#11 Riccardo

I forgot the @Kurt in the beginning of my comment so it’s not clear what I wanted to say. Sorry.

I love bridge cameras (I own two) and I think they perfectly fit a lot of situations and can help newbie like me to understand PASM modes.

I’m simply tired to read in every bridge review someone that write about the Image Quality like Kurt that state that his cellphone can take better picture (good for you but no one cares). These are small sensor camera and everyone knows where this limit will show up so, if someone compare IQ between two bridge everyone else can learn something but a comparison between a 1/2.33 and APSC sensor image quality and noise is useless like a comparison between a citycar and a Ferrari

4:06 pm - Friday, August 30, 2013

#12 Claude B.

@Riccardo, now its clear and I agree with you 100%.

6:29 pm - Friday, August 30, 2013

#13 Roald46

I bought the camera yesterday and it’s to soon for me to talk about the quality of the pictures. First of all I bought this camera to film. I have already a FZ150 and FZ200 and i am extremely satisfied about the videoquality of both. First view, it gives a lot of camera for this price but I am missing some small features wich make filming easier: No quick focus, no microphone input, no free angle lcd, no 50p. But future will tell me if I did right buying it. Lumix and Sony are still the few ones who offer us, Europeans, the 25fps

1:19 am - Sunday, September 1, 2013

#14 Roald46

Hello, i am a dedicated contest video-filmer and use for that purpose a Sony hdr-cx730 and Lumix DMC FZ-150 and FZ-200. Since i like nature filming, i am using CU lenses en Teleconverters.
Check out in this video how this new Lumix DMC FZ72 behaves in comparison with my other cameras. Is it worth bying? Look at the video and decide for yourself:
http://youtu.be/csSFrNPx2CI

1:33 am - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#15 harry langdon

good quality video although nikon d7100 much better

2:40 am - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#16 Roald46

I don’t understand these people who always want to compare (their) DSLR with Bridgecamera’s. It’s like comparing a VW Golf wit a Porsche Carrera.
This camera costs in Europe only €399. If you have to buy a DSLR-body + the full range of lenses between 20mm and 1200mm, you will have spend a few thausands of € !!!
Anyway, this review was about filming where you only keep a 1920 x 1080 resolution, so i wander who will notice the difference between a DSLR and a bridge camera.
It’s the content of the image that counts, not the number of pixels.
This is a very useful camera for nature filming because of the lens, so it’s an additional camera. To be a primary camera, Panasonic did a lousy job on the ergonomic part of the camera: especialy the manual focus and the LCD viewer are a p.i.t.as! Waiting for this camera with the FZ-200 features addes. FZ-300???

12:01 am - Thursday, September 5, 2013

#17 Roald46

To Claude B.
The canon films in 24p, not very useful in Europe.
The 20mm wide angle in stead of the 24 from Canon is a plus.
On the ergonomic side I would prefer the Canon.

8:10 am - Thursday, September 5, 2013

#18 Roald46

Found a way to overcome more or less the AF-problem:
Push on the AF button behind, put on AF, close the quikmenu, let the AF do his job, push again on the AF button, choose for MF, close the quikmenu and adjust if necessary with the little wheel.
It’s not heaven but more efficient then to have to adjust the wheel over the whole distancerange.

6:39 pm - Friday, September 6, 2013

#19 Hawk

From reading all the reviews on this and other sites, the sensor seems to be the big issue, the same small sensor. I know there are other tweeks about a camera but image quality seems to be up front. What do all of you think about the next generation of bridge cameras being slightly larger, like the panny FZ70 but, will have a larger sensor same range zoom 50 or 60x and have great image quality, good speed etc?

9:09 pm - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#20 Roald46

If you make the sensor larger, the lenses will become equaly larger to. I don’t want to imagine what size the lens a Lumix FZ72 with a 35mm sensor would have !!!

9:55 pm - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#21 Riccardo

@Hawk
Check out the Fujifilm X-S1 that uses a 2/3” sensor that is slightly larger that 1/2.3” typical of all bridge cameras. With a bigger sensor lenses get bigger^2.
What do you need? A compact all around camera that can shoot very good photo in good light conditions with an amazing zoom? Go for a bridge like this (FZ72).

You are really interested in night photography and need excellent high ISO quality? Go for an APSC or full frame.

You want something between? Buy the X-S1 or a mirrorless

8:39 am - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#22 Hawk

I have had my SX50 for about six months now and as for all the bridge cameras, it holds it’s own. Great pic’s and at the high end of the zoom good quality pic’s. The only gripe I have is the video button is right by the thumb rest and I’ve had several videos of the ground as I was walking. I looked at the Pana FZ70. It’s also seems to be neck and neck with the SX50. The SX50 is a little small for my hands. I checked the FZ70 and it looks great. But I read where Canon is working on an improvement of the SX50. I’m waiting to see what comes next since all the high end bridge cameras seem to be at their peak. Has anyone heard that about the new Canon?
Thanks
Hawk

12:35 pm - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

#23 Marcel

Riccardo my friend look for another hobby in life you haven’t got a clue about this camera i have test it for a week now and the image quality is disappointing, when you test one , then make comments please , if you do not like negative comments don’t read them, this info is for people how has not bought one yet,

7:45 pm - Thursday, September 12, 2013

#24 Roald46

I agree it is a missed change for Panasonic to make a Rolls Roye of a bridgecamera.
Take the FZ200, give it the lens of the FZ72 and the sensor of the FZ150. That would have been GREAT.
Instead they want to postion themselves as cheaper then the competitors without anybody asking for that. Kick this marketing guys out, Panny, and listen to the people in the field!!.
Still, his videoquality is great despite that he is so clumsy to handle.

12:48 am - Friday, September 13, 2013

#25 John Hancocks

This camera is unremarkable aside from its 60X zoom feature.  As for the accessories such as the DMW-LC55 close-up enhancement and the essential lens adapter DMW-LA8, well, where are they?  No one seems able to obtain them.

These problems aside, the camera has a major design flaw - the LED display panel doesn’t hinge out up or down!  For me this renders many of those side on macro shots impractical…and as for celestial photography - try mounting it on a tripod and using it to view an object more that 70 degrees above the horizon.  Had I known of this strange omission, I would never have bought this camera!

8:30 am - Saturday, September 14, 2013

#26 Roald46

Your comments on the ergonomy of this camera are right to the point !!!
Panasonic has always problems with the delivery of their accessories. You wait at least two months and for the delivery of the lensadapter for their teleconverter it took them 8 months! For the moment I mount the teleconverter (which I had already from my DMC-FZ150 and 200, straight on the frontring of the lens. The lensadapter is ordered already one month! For Close-up lens I use the Canon 500mm and the Kenko 250mm mostly in combination with the Lumix-telconverter (gives me extra distance with the same magnification.)

12:38 pm - Saturday, September 14, 2013

#27 Ian

Hello.  I have been using this site for along time and finally feel the need to post a comment and I am hoping someone can help. I recently bought the FZ72 as a second camera, same old story, I want something more portable to carry around.  However, I not massively impressed.  My question is this ... Apart from the obvious ( zoom and viewfinder ) is there any real difference between what this camera can do and the TZ40 ?  As far as I can see the sensor is the same and the TZ40 seems to get excellent reviews.  For me I think the 480mm equivalent is enough and I can not see a great difference in picture quality (if anything the TZ40 appears better)
Any advice or opinions would be greatly welcomed….

10:35 pm - Thursday, September 26, 2013

#28 ELIAN

too bad the picture quality, I am disappointed

10:50 pm - Monday, September 30, 2013

#29 ELIAN

this camera is worse than my smartphone

10:56 pm - Monday, September 30, 2013

#30 Roald46

I wonder why Panasonic doesn’t care about all these negative comments? They always made such good camera’s and now this??
Don’t they read the reviews of their products?

11:30 pm - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

#31 ELIAN

do not understand why not continue with 12 mp

12:00 am - Wednesday, October 2, 2013

#32 ELIAN

I think that this revision was poorly made, I found some photos taken with http://www.flickr.com/photos/kasperroed/9642889023/this camera and are not bad

1:26 am - Thursday, October 3, 2013

#34 ali

pansonic batteries incredibly cheap. all under 99p

http://zaposhop.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=panasonic

9:05 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#35 Roald46

Is this blog becoming a publicityblog for cheap batteries?

10:18 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#36 Roald46

Is this blog becomming a publicityblog for cheap batteries?

10:20 pm - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#37 Barney

Panasonic,

They have made the rather excellent FZ200.
These bridge camera’s are at the edge of the physic laws. You can’t break those laws.
Giving a 1/2.33 inch sensor more then 12MP mean you need a jolly fast lens to avoid diffraction. It’s also necessary in order to keep your ISO low since these sensors always perform poor at higher values.

The FZ200 and LX7 show that Panasonic knows the limitations of smaller sensors. This is another product with big numbers on slammed on the box and no real field value. There are enough of these kind of stupid options

2:39 pm - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#38 Barney

I just wished they made something like the FZ200 with the 1/1.7 inch LX7 Sensor.
This would increase ISO performance by a fair margin. This mean the camera will be more usable in cloudy conditions becouse of faster shutter speeds.
They might need to slow down the lens in order to keep it roughly the same size. Something like a 24-600mm F2.8-4 would be great.

2:45 pm - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

#39 joe

Nice review, enjoyed it.

The camera is a blast. It’s just so easy to stick it on full auto and take pictures. The zoom capability is remarkable though the power OIS is the star behind it. With macro and a useful 20mm wide angle, it’s all things in one package.

Soon as I got it, took a couple shots at full zoom. I do believe that could be rightly termed a ’ WTF’ moment. Hooked and it got better.

Clever stuff. It’s big fun. I love it.

4:41 am - Thursday, October 31, 2013

#40 Cj

I dont own a bridge camera yet but one thing I do notice that those who bash the performance of pansonics are canon sx50 owners and positive reviews appear to be from first time buyers of the panasonics.Go to a canon review page and owners of panasonics are bashing the canon cameras. Those with large pockets will just say “Nah go buy a $4000 DSL”.
What appears to me is that the manufactures playing us and it feels like the lens size is a marketing ploy. Do you really think they are going to give you the best in a transistion camera.C’mon?.

9:37 pm - Sunday, November 10, 2013

#41 Roald46

I have this camera now a little bit more then 3 months. I think I am going to sell it. The results (video) are excellent
(almost 16.000 people looked at my test on You Tube http://youtu.be/csSFrNPx2CI)
but I hate the fixed screen and clumsy manual focus. Had the Sony DSC-HX300 in my hand and was amazed about the results.
Less Wide-angle (24) but same tele (1200)and same price. Zeiss lens and very good steady-shot.
Very good manual focusing with ring and/or zoom. Movable screen and REAL-VIEW when recording video with a separate monitor. Everything the FZ72 is missing! Panasonic, you have disappointed me! Shame on you.

11:50 pm - Sunday, November 10, 2013

#42 HonestGabe

I fully agree with Claude B., commet #7.  If you think the FZ70/72 is incapable of producing high quality images check out the images on the websites for which he gives the url’s.

10:18 pm - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

#43 swapnil jinnawar

please help me to deside between panasonic lumix fz70 and sony hx 300

8:48 am - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#44 Barney

Swapnil,

Don’t buy either of those.
Think of how much zoom you need first.
Then there 2 very good options. The olympus stylus 1 and the panasonic FZ 200. these have faster lenses which is much more useful then a bit more reach.

The olympus only goes to 300mm equiv. the panasonic to 600mm. The olympus does have a bigger sensor borrowed from the XZ-1 that will be better in low light.

10:57 am - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#45 Roald46

Well Barney, I’ve sold my FZ72 after 2 months. Not because of the results, which were good, but because of the bad manual operation. Since I own already the Lumix FZ200,I bought the Sony HX300 which is very good in manual operation (focus-ring!)but misses the flash-shoe and micro-input (like FZ72), but has a real-view in 1920 x 1080 50i. Also the Sony performs much better in low-light conditions. Until now I am satisfied. The FZ200 still stays the best in P
performance and sharpness, Sony is a tiny bit softer. If you look on my latest nature film you will see what I mean. Mostly filmed with Lumix FZ150 and FZ200 and Video-camera Sony HDR-CX730E. The image of the Castle by night at the end was shot with the Sony HX300. The City with Sony CX730 and the Moon with Lumix FZ72. You see, a little bit of everything and all matches.
http://youtu.be/k_NfABU2Rv4 (Dutch comment)

1:21 pm - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#46 Roald

Roald,

Ik ben zeer onder de indruk van de kwaliteit.
Je liet zien dat de fz200 en fz150 in de juiste handen zeer mooie beelden kunnen produceren.
Over de maan en kasteel aan het einde ben ik minder te spreken.
Hoewel je de maan zeer dichtbij hebt kunnen halen is ze gewoon niet heel scherp. Verder vond ik het kasteel ook niet op het niveau van de rest van de film. De ruis of compressie artifacten wanneer ik keek op 1080p waren niet zo mooi.

Al met al wel een prachtig natuur filmpje waar vooral de stukken die gefilmd zijn onder dag licht niet veel onderdoen voor een professionelere productie.

Een camera met een grotere sensor zou de donkere shots misschien beter uit laten komen. vooral met prime lenzen. Bijvoorbeeld een Panasonic G6 met de 20mm F1.7.

 

1:38 pm - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#47 Daniel Ruschel

Professional production!

Roald,

I am also very impressed with the production quality.
You showed FZ200 and FZ150 cameras and capable of very beautiful images in this film. You used some software processanto for production? I have some of these ultrazoons cameras, including the Panasonic FZ35 and FZ150 beyond Canob SX 40 and SX 50. Do you think the Sony HX300 superior image quality compared to all my cameras? I think so poque fazwer never got such beautiful films. Please comment!

1:55 pm - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#48 Barney460

Daniel,

“The image of the Castle by night at the end was shot with the Sony HX300”

That shot was taken at 20:30 in the film.
I was not impressed by that part. But is was by most of the other parts that were taken with the Fz150/200. I think the FZ200 has an edge over your current gear but the HX300 not so much.

Roald did say something about an manual focus ring which is very nice to have.

3:02 pm - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#49 Roald46

TNX for the nice comments.
No tricks, only edited with Edius 7 in 1920 x 1080 50i and CBR (constant bit-rate), of course for YouTube it becomes 25p and VBR (variable and much lower bit-rate) That explains the compression artifacts. I only use from time to time Mercalli to make the pan’s smoother, but that’s all. The Sony CX730 is the “softest” (gate)and the FZ150 was the sharpest(“was” because I’ve sold it)FZ200 and FZ72 were more or less similar. I tried the Canon EOS M for the Castle but to my surprise it was very noisy because probably to high ISO. The best result at night was the Sony CX730 (city)The Moon is sharp enough but due the compression of the air (distance), the focal length of 1350 mm and the YouTube compression, it might look not as crispy as a Close-up.
Probably with a much more expensive material like a reflex with prime lenses everything might look better, but that’s out of reach for my budget. Canon SX 40 and 50 are also OK but only 24p which is not acceptable in Europe, we need 25fps and 50i or 50p. Hope to have answered your questons but feel free to ask more ... :-)

4:01 pm - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#50 kristen

will this camera take good pictures in a concert setting?

6:38 am - Monday, December 9, 2013

#51 swapnil jinnawar

Thanx for your valuable advise but in India Pentax is unfortunatly not available in all cities & also service points too.Now after your advice i am more attracted towords my first DSLR purchase and my entry level sectives are sony ILCE-3000 (alfa3000) and nikon d3100,nikon d5100.This three are fits in my budget. Also it is neccessary to hold certificate or diploma in photography to catch attention from top photography recruiters like maxim,national geographic etc.

7:27 am - Monday, December 9, 2013

#52 Roald46

1-swapnil jinnawar :

I don’t recall having said something about Pentax? Maybe this reaction is from another blog??

2-kristen

I honestly doubt it, because these Lumix cameras with their small sensor are not well-known for low-light noise-free pictures. Normally you can forget all ISO more then 400. And even then you should be careful with the motion-blur.

11:06 am - Monday, December 9, 2013

#53 dave

I have a simple basic question is this camera capable of putting the date on the picture when the exposure is taken?

3:18 am - Saturday, December 28, 2013

#54 Roald46

I really don’t know since I’ve sold the camera in between (to difficult to film manually).But you can probably find it in the manual (it’s Belgian site, but the manual is in English)
https://dlc.panasonic-europe-service.com/EUDocs/GetDoc.aspx?did=235607&fmt=PDF&lang=en&src=3&uilang=nl-NL&model=DMCFZ72EB

10:37 am - Saturday, December 28, 2013

#55 martyg

anyone had one of these DMC-FZ72 (70??)long enough to know how the focusing issues encountered with a Nikon P520 compare with this particular Panasonic?

10:55 pm - Monday, December 30, 2013

#56 Lars Sorensen

Hello:

great and comprehensive report on this probably best for the money camera.
I bought one a few weeks ago.

However, does anyone know why I keep with my lens stuck in the macro position, despite using all the obvious options for the normal wide-telephoto lens use?
Yes, whenever I try to go wide the screen shows “Current conversion setting: close up”!

The only position in which I can use the lens normally is in C but all the others: M, A, S, SCN, etc give me the same problem.
What am I doing wrong?

Help please.
Lars

5:41 pm - Sunday, January 12, 2014

#57 Roald46

You are probably in the position Macro-zoom.

9:04 pm - Sunday, January 12, 2014

#58 Lars Sorensen

Hi Roald 46:

thanks for the suggestion that my camera is in Macro-zoom.
My problem is how do I get out of there??

Lars

11:06 pm - Sunday, January 12, 2014

#59 Roald46

Push on AF/AF*/MF button. Go down and you will see that you are on Macrozoom position. Get it out of there bij switching to AF or AF*

12:10 am - Monday, January 13, 2014

#60 Lars Sorensen

Roald46:

thanks very much. I will try that!

Lars

2:27 pm - Monday, January 13, 2014

#61 Muhammad

what is defferent betwen FZ70 & FZ72?
FZ70 can more than Zoom(60x) to HX300(50x)?

7:52 pm - Friday, January 17, 2014

#62 Roald46

Probably FZ70 is for the US and Asian Market and the FZ72 for the European? NTSC or PAL ?

11:44 pm - Friday, January 17, 2014

#63 Lars Sorensen

Thanks very much, problema solved! My camera was in the “conversion” position, so it set it in “off” and it works perfectly now!

I don’t know the different models. Here it is NTSC.

Thanks,
Lars

12:26 am - Saturday, January 18, 2014

#64 jan

The fz70/72 is on the panasonic site ranked under the fz200.it is also cheaper in price.
you dont see Leica written on the lens..
It is a good zoom camera,but the fz 200 give more quality pictures.
Normaly such a large zoom is just a gadged for me because the pictures are not crisp anymore..
I want to pay more for the fz200,this is a better choice,with at full zoom excelent pictures and fast focus..

9:47 pm - Sunday, February 2, 2014

#65 martyg

can someone help me with manual focus..Focus Assist is on in “setup”, dial is in “P” position, AF/AF’FLOWER’/MF IS PRESSED, CHOICES ARE DISPLAYED,MF is choosen,  menu/set button is pressed “mf’ is displayed in viewfinder, rotating dial is pressed to MF phase..but no enlarged section of view is displayed and rotating dial does not change focus! Help

12:35 am - Monday, February 24, 2014

#66 Gabor

Hi Roald46
I learned a lot from your comments. Thanks. I see you like catching moments (and movements) in nature. I wonder whether you or anyone else could comment on the image quality issue. For a long while I have been using an old Finepix S9600(9MP, a 1/1.6 CCD sensor, a 28-300 mm equivalent zoom controlled on the lense barrel, and quite a lot of control with buttons, includind metering). I realized that the time has gone over this camera, and I am looking for bridge camera with larger zoom… Is the FZ70 capable of taking sharp still pictures of moving subjects like birds, squirrels at full tele (in good light)? I guess the CMOS helps this, but the smaller sensor does not. Any comments would be welcome.

5:46 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2014

#67 Roald46

Dear Gabor,
As you could see I am meanly a Filmer who uses this camera as very handy tool for making videos.
I think this FZ70 or the new Sony HX400 will do very good for you. Maybe Lumix is a little bit crispier and Sony less “grainy” once you passed the ISO 200. They have both plus and minus, but don’t they all have?
Small sensor? What would you do with a sensor 10 x bigger: you would need a lens much, much bigger and ...much more expensive. Stop looking at sensor sizes and start making unbelievable pictures. The only camera better would be the Lumix FZ200 combined with the Lumix x 1.7 teleconverter which will give you almost the same tele as the FZ70 or the HX400, but will cost double.

10:07 pm - Sunday, March 2, 2014

#68 Gabor

Roald46, Thanks a lot for your advice.

5:49 am - Monday, March 3, 2014

#69 Gabor

Roald, You have used the 1.7 teleconverter yourself. How easy is it to use? To put it on and take it off? Does it work equally well at the full wide angle end of the zoom, when it is on?
Thanks, Gabor

4:25 pm - Monday, March 3, 2014

#70 Roald46

I don’t find the tele-converter DMW-LT55 anymore on the Panasonic-site, so I don’t know if it still exists.
Anyhow, you need also a tube to screw it on the body because the lens cannot hold it. For the FZ200 you need:
http://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/camera-accessories/lenses-and-filters/dmw-la7gu.html
For the FZ70/72 you need the longer one (8).
A tele-converter is used to have more tele, so you can only use the last steps of the zoom. In Wide-angle you get just a round hole, which is useful to actually find your object. The FZ70 iis easier for that matter, but the FZ200 is a much better camera with a Leica-lens and easier to us manually.
If you click on the link you can see what result you get with the FZ200. For the last three shots (bird) I used the tele-converter which gives me a 1050 mm tele.
http://youtu.be/_-_LBuCZlnw
In use with the FZ70 you will get a 2000mm but that needs a very stable tripod and a good eye. There is one shot in the test-film which shows you the result. You rarely need that much tele.

8:25 pm - Monday, March 3, 2014

#71 Gabor

Roald, Thanks again for the detailed comment. I have never used a teleconverter, but will check the links provided…

10:09 pm - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#72 Gabor

Roald, I checked a few things and now I have just charged the battery of the new FZ200. I also had the FZ72 in my hands, but this one seemed more robust. The teleconverter will come next. Could there be any difference between DMW-LT55 and DMW-LT55E? I tried to dig the net, but there was no obvious answer. These are probably the same. All the best. G

9:55 pm - Friday, March 7, 2014

#73 Roald46

With video-cameras the “E” means mostly “version for Europe”, but I have no idea if that’s also the same for lenses?

11:24 pm - Friday, March 7, 2014

#74 Gabor

Hi Roald,
The 1st impressions are great! I wonder whether you can give me the size (length) of the undismounted FZ200+LA7+LE55 together. The teleconversion lense should be on its way, but I am looking for a proper size bag in advance… As far as I checked both the lense and the adapter require 8x8x8 cm3 to fit comfortably. Regards,
Gabor

9:27 pm - Thursday, March 13, 2014

#75 Roald46

Tube:72 mm diameter 68 mm
Lens:83 mm diameter 83 mm
FZ200: 125 x 115 x 83 mm Large x Deep x Height
All together: 125 x 255 x 83 mm
Lens + adapter: 83 x 150 mm

11:44 pm - Friday, March 14, 2014

#76 Gabor

Thanks for this degree of precision. This is really appreciated. Gabor

9:02 pm - Saturday, March 15, 2014

#77 Bente

Bente…I am having trouble not only viewing the playback of a video on the camera, but also after I load it to my PC. It shows up on the computer only as a photo and viewing from the camera is difficult for me since I cannot find anywhere in the instruction booklet how to view the video. HELP!

1:26 pm - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#78 Roald46

Look in the manual on the CD

10:02 pm - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#79 Roald46

Page 161

10:33 pm - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#80 ozziemozzie

it’s amazing how 90% of the comments here are bashing the camera to some degree, mostly comparing it to some other camera?

10:15 am - Friday, May 2, 2014

#81 matteo

Hi guys, i’ve just bought this camera and ..i’m really pleased with it. Take a look to my shoots: http://500px.com/gmstucchi
I’m not a pro, i’m a complete beginner, but with this camera i can do what i love: animal and sportive close-up…

8:30 pm - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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