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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ultra Zoom Bridge Camera, 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Panasonic DMC-FZ72EB-K Lumix Bridge Camera - Black (16.1MP, Super Telephoto 60x Optical Zoom, 20mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens) (Camera)
This is well worth the money as long as you keep your expectations in check.

1) Image quality. In good light conditions with this camera it is easy to produce great images. In lower light conditions, the small sensor will require you to work harder. On longer zooms, you will work very hard to maintain good focus and good pictures especially above 900mm (35m equivalent) but images are good enough up to 60x with a solid tripod, they tend to diminish with intelligent zoom which is effectively enhanced cropping anyway.

2) Zoom. This is what this camera is all about, and it is quite excellent. I compared images against my heavy DSLR APS-C at 500 mm zoom, the limit of my DSLR and in good sunlight so far, I was pushed to pick out the better image, the DSLR took the prize though in terms of clear pixel forms and realistic colours but only when magnifying to 200%. At A4 there was no discernible difference. At 1000 mm, I had to crop the DSLR image to compare and the Panasonic leaped ahead. The advantage of a large sensor quickly disappears over optical zoom.

3) Build quality is fine but in Panasonic terms below average. But given that Panasonic usually make cameras out of top quality materials, most people will be happy with it, and I am. Be aware that knobs and dials are a bit cheap looking and feeling.

4) Handling. This is a nice handling camera, it has a large grip, and after some time in use, the necessary dials and buttons are easy to find and you never feel like you are going to drop it. It has a pleasant tactile feel to it and well balanced in one hand.

5) Features. Plenty to play with here (read the spec elsewhere), the only extra I would like is one of these red dot trackers for snapping Aeroplanes at full zoom, that said, you can switch to the optical view finder and this will be good enough with a little practice.

Because of the zoom, portability and control, I am a big fan of Bridge cameras, yes it can be harder work to get a good image than a DSLR in some conditions, the advantages in weight in most circumstances makes it worth the extra effort.

This camera gets some criticism by the "expert" reviewers, in my 40 years as a snapper, I have found that it takes weeks of use to get the best out of any camera, they get half a day. Life is a compromise, I like to take photos of bad weather on a "dark and stormy night", 60% of my DSLR photos go into an album, I have also taken some great images with my pocket Nikon s9300 with a 1/2.3 sensor but maybe with a 20% success rate, and that's what I mean by hard work ! It's a nice challenge to squeeze out top quality from a Bridge, and that's what it's all about for me.

I look forward to posting some from my FZ72 soon.
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