Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72 Review

4.5
August 19, 2013 | Matt Grayson |

Specifications

Metrics

Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.2 x 97.0 x 118.2 mm / (5.13 x 3.82 x 4.65 inch)
Weight Approx. 562g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.24 lb) / Approx. 606g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.34 lb)

Pixels

Camera Effective Pixels 16.1 Megapixels

Sensor

Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.3-type High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 16.8 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter

Lens

Aperture F2.8 - 5.9 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 - 8.0 (W), F5.9 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 60x
Focal Length f = 3.58 - 215mm (20 - 1200mm in 35mm equiv.) / (22 - 1320mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 75.8x (4:3 / 10M), 108x (4:3 / 5M), 135x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 120x
Lens LUMIX DC VARIO / 14 elements in 12 groups / (6 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer POWER O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (only for Motion Picture) / Off)
2- Speed Zoom Yes
Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes
Digital Zoom Max. 5x

Focus

Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity / Tele 150cm - infinity / AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 150 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp Yes (On/Off)
Focus Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF / Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture) / AF/AE Lock Button / Manual Focus, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area (flexible / scalable)

Shutter

Shutter Speed Still Image: / Approx. 8 - 1/2,000 sec / Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec / Motion Picture: / Approx. 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec / Creative Video Mode: 1/8 - 1/20,000 sec

Finder

Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (202K dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x

File

File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW, DPOF / 3D Image: MPO / Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4

Recording Modes

Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, Creative Video, C, Panorama Shot, Scene, Creative Control
Creative Control mode Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, / Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color (15 filters)
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Panning, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, / Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky, 3D Photo
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image: 9 frames/sec, Max. 3 images with AF Tracking: 5 frames/sec, 2 frames/sec / High-speed Burst: Approx. 10 frames/sec (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1) / Flash Burst Shooting

Motion Picture Recording (*2)

HD Video 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 50p (SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 25p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
STD Video 640 x 480, 25p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 25fps)
High Speed Video -

Continuous recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD Approx. 160 min (FSH), Approx. 180 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 160 min (FHD)

Actual recordable time (motion pictures)

AVCHD Approx. 80 min (FSH), Approx. 90 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 80 min (FHD)

Exposure Parameters

Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing 1/3-3EV step, Max. +/-3 EV, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / (Changeable to 1/3 EV step) / High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 - 6400)

Picture Quality

Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Still Picture Recording [4:3] 4608x3456 (16M) / 3648x2736 (10M EZ) / 3072x2304 (7M EZ) / 2560x1920 (5M EZ) / 2048x1536 (3M EZ) / 640x480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4608x3072 (14M) / 3648x2432 (9M EZ) / 3072x2048 (6M EZ) / 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640x424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4608x2592 (12M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M EZ) / 3072x1728 (5.5M EZ) / 2560x1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ) / 640x360 (0.2M EZ) / [1:1] 3456x3456 (12M) / 2736x2736 (7.5M EZ) / 2304x2304 (5.5M EZ) / 1920x1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536x1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480x480 (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard (3D Mode: MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature (2-axis adjustable)
Photo Style / Film Mode Photo Style: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
Color Mode / Color Effect / My color Color Mode (only in iA Mode): Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Happy
Aspect Bracketing -

Other

Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes (On/Off)
GPS -
Wi-FI -
NFC -
Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)

Display

Playback Mode All, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, Category Selection, Favorite), Calendar
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual- Image Playback Yes (Menu / Zoom Lever) / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
Show Histogram Yes
Show Highlights Yes
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes

Edit

Retouch Auto Retouch / Creative Retouch
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / DPOF / Favorites

Setup

OSD language Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Monitor

LCD Monitor 7.5cm (3.0") TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), AR Coating / Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle / Power Monitor mode, AUTO Power Monitor mode

Flash

Built- in- Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off / Flash Synchro: 1st / 2nd Slow Sync. / 0.3 - 13.5m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.5 - 6.4m (Tele / ISO Auto)

Media

Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built- in- Memory Approx. 200MB

Audio

Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Mono

Interface

Interface miniHDMI, AV Output (PAL / NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)

Power

Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 895mAh, 6.5 Wh) (Included) / AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 400 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1

Standard Package

Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.2AE / Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Pack, Battery Charger, USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String

Further Specifications

NOTE *1 / Recording conditions by CIPA standard / - Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF) / Humidity: 50%RH when LCD monitor is on. / - Using a Panasonic SDHC Memory Card / - Using the supplied battery. / - Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].) / - Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording. / - Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording. / - The number of recordable pictures varies depending on the recording interval time. / - If the recording interval time becomes longer, the number of recordable pictures decreases. / - CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association]. / *2 / - These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 oC (73.4 oF) and a humidity of 50%RH. / - The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use. / - Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc. / - Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [AVCHD] is 29 minutes 59 seconds in some European / Asian areas. / - Maximum time to record motion pictures continuously with [MP4] is 29 minutes 59 seconds or up to 4 GB.

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