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Panasonic DMC-FZ72 Camera Black 16.1MP 60xZoom 3.0LCD FHD 20mm Lumix DC Vario
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- 20 mm ultra wide angle, powerful 60x optical zoom Lens
- Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabiliser) with active mode
- Full-HD video with clear sound featuring wind shield zoom microphone
- 16.1 MP high sensitivity MOS sensor and venus engine
- Intuitive control in shooting-style design
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1||20.1||16||12.1||8||20.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||—||Yes||Yes||Yes||—||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||11.82 x 13.02 x 9.7 cm||71.7 x 6.1 x 42.9 cm||11.35 x 9.49 x 7.83 cm||11.02 x 12.52 x 8.66 cm||—||73.5 x 6 x 44.6 cm|
|Item Weight||0.56 kg||0.63 kg||0.54 kg||0.54 kg||0.61 kg||495 grams|
|Max Focal Length||1,200 mm||1,550 mm||160 mm||600 mm||1,365 mm||954 mm|
|Min Focal Length||20 mm||24 mm||4 mm||25 mm||21 mm||157.5 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.8||20.1||16 megapixels||12.8||16.8||20.1|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode||Auto focusing (AF) modes: Contrast Detection Auto Focus; Bluetooth; Built-in microphone; Flash range (tele):0 - 3.5 m; Flash range (wide):0.5 - 6.9 m; Hand strap; Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; PictBridge; Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,5,10 s; Sill image capture resolution:4608 x 3456, 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200, 4608 x 2592, 3456 x 3456; Touch sensitive screen; Tripod mountable; Video recording; bluetooth: 4.1; lens structure:12/9||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||-|
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Panasonic DMC-FZ72 Lumix Bridge Camera
Continuing to push boundaries of optical excellence is the award winning and well renowned FZ series of cameras - the DMC-FZ72. This Lumix bridge camera comes equipped with an outstanding focal range with a 20mm ultra wide-angle lens and the industry’s highest 60x optical zoom*. Also included is Panasonic's latest generation of Optical Image Stabilisation for both photo and video mode. A high resolution Electronic Viewfinder, Full manual control, Stereo wind-supressed microphone and Full HD video mode go together to make this camera a superb all-rounder for the beginner or enthusiast alike.
*For a consumer compact camera as of 18/07/13
At its time of launch the FZ72 offered the longest zoom range of all digital compact cameras. A massive 60x zoom lens covers all focal lengths from 20mm to 1200mm, in 35mm equivalent terms. This means you get three times more shooting area when shooting wide angle than a 35mm camera and it brings objects twice as close as our previous best bridge camera (600mm, FZ62).
New 16.1 Megapixel High Sensitivity/Low Noise MOS Sensor
Panasonic's 16 megapixel MOS sensor offers a 10-15% reduction in the block noise that becomes evident when shooting at high ISO settings (compared with previous model FZ62). In combination with a Venus Engine noise reduction system, it delivers more pleasing low-light shots whilst still supporting Full HD video recording, high-speed burst shooting and a 3D mode.
Improved Power O.I.S. with Active Mode for Video
Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional Image Stabilisation system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes and is now optimised for the high zoom of the FZ72. With the option of Active mode available during movie recording, videoing from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise.
Fastest Auto Focus - "Light-speed" AF
Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.
Professional Quality RAW Mode Shooting
For the ultimate control over picture quality RAW shooting mode is provided just like a professional camera. Shooting in Raw requires large capacity memory cards as each photo image can be up to 8x larger in file size than when shooting in JPEG. A Raw file contains the full uncompressed data that is captured by the image sensor.
Amazing 120x Intelligent Zoom
Not only does the FZ72 offer a huge 60x zoom lens but also includes a clever combination of optical and digital technology to get you even closer to your subject. The powerful image processing of the Venus engine means that a high quality image can be created from the telephoto lens that is equivalent to an incredible 120x zoom image (twice the optical zoom limit).
9 Frames per Second High Speed Burst Shooting
High-speed burst shooting, up to 9 frames per second at full resolution (max 3 images), is possible. Even 5 frames per second with AF Tracking is available enabling you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined.
Functionality and Ease of Use
High Resolution 3.0 Inch (7.5cm) LCD with High Brightness Mode
A high resolution (460,000 dots) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions.
Built-in Electronic Colour Viewfinder
A full colour, electronic viewfinder is built-in for monitoring the image from the sensor. Offering 100% field-of-view, it enables accurate composition of your photos with the camera held close to the face in the traditional camera shooting style.
iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode with iA Plus
iA mode helps you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture from a number of pre-set programmes. iA+ allows you to add an element of your own creative control where you can experiment with the overall look of the shot before you take the picture.
Creative Shooting Controls
Full Manual Control Options Including Manual Focus
Manual setting of focus, aperture or shutter speed are normally reserved for Digital SLR style cameras, so having such creative control on a compact camera is a real advantage and a valuable asset. The manual control dial and focus button are conveniently placed on the top of the camera providing control over photo or video recording.
Extensive Creative Effects for Recording
Any one of 15 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature effect, Toy Effect, Low Key, Star Filter, One-point Colour, Dynamic Monochrome, Soft Focus, Impressive Art, Cross Process and Old Days gives you the expressive power to turn ordinary situations into highly special scenes.
Creative Re-touch for Playback
Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Sepia, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.
Creative Panorama Shooting Mode with Filter Effects
In addition to the Panorama shooting mode that allows you to capture ultra-wide vistas in a single image, up to 13 filter effects can be applied making your panoramic image even more interesting.
Full HD Video Mode with AVCHD Recording
When shooting video for playback on a Full HD TV, AVCHD 1080 offers amazing high quality recording. Video captured on the camera's SD card can be played back directly on a Panasonic Viera Full HD TV by putting the card in the SD slot on the TV.
MP4 Full HD Video Recording Mode for High Compatibility
Also offered in video mode is MP4 (H.264) format recording. High Definition video including 1920x1080 can be shot at 25 Progressive frames per second. MP4 format is compatible with many video editing software packages, but is also compatible with iTunes for playback on smartphone or tablet devices.
Stereo Sound Recording with New Windshield Zoom Mic
The FZ72 incorporates a newly developed stereo microphone with windshield structure that powerfully blocks most of the noise from background wind. The high-sensitivity mic also improves the S/N ratio resulting in a more accurate sound reproduction.
External Flash Option with Hot Shoe Terminal
In addition to the built-in pop-up flash, a hot shoe is provided for the use of an optional, more powerful external flash.
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The viewfinder was a key factor for me as no lcd screen is really good enough in fierce sunshine. The digital viewfinder in this camera is not super-precise but it does the job well enough and I would not be without it.
I did consider the FZ330 which has the advantage of full 2.8 aperture through the range and is allegedly splash and dustproof. If you have a bigger budget it could be a good choice - but you are limited to "only" 600mm zoom range, which is probably more than enough in most situations.
At the price, which is entry-level for bridge cameras, I did wonder if the FZ72 might feel a bit cheap. Having owned magnesium-chassis Olympus and Canon cameras in the past I can't pretend this feels the same but after a few minutes you get used to it and I have no concerns about that.
This is a nice all-rounder, however the Intelligent Auto is a bit disappointing. Doesn't seem to work well on a dull day or indoors. I get better photos off my phone when indoors and use this instead! I've found the colours seem to be a bit off and bleed into each other, with pictures being less than sharp. The photos added are taken with JPEG mode not RAW, to show an example with the zoom in play. Need to mess about with the manual settings to over-ride to get a better shot, or select the scene type precisely to get the most out of the camera.
I think I'll be biting the bullet next time and saving up for an SLR.
Ok, that's that out of the way.
Zoom has to be seen to be believed. The first shot I took was maxed out to 60x. The image stabilization is uncanny. The reaction to the result is a mix of disbelief and sudden realisation that you have the next step in techno-zoom-wizardry in your hands.
Early days, but indications are very positive. Macro ability is as good as I need, though that makes it sound sound as if it's only adequate. It's good. The 20mm wide angle is superb.
Image stabilization is only going to do so much for you and I can't help thinking that some people must be chucking the camera around whilst snapping and assuming they'll get clear pictures. Though this camera performs technological miracles, it's unable to completely defy the laws of physics. After reading other opinions about the image quality, I was on the lookout for flaws. Again, it's just fine by me - and I've had Leicas with supreme glass, Pannies, high end Nikon glass so there are some pretty stiff yardsticks for me if I wanted to quibble. But I don't.
It is what it is. I'm impressed. It really can have a decent shot at all things, from absurdly long telephoto to more than adequate wide angle and macro. Not even broached the video yet.
I'll update at any point with any information that may be useful. I can say this camera appears to be a bucketful of fun in the making and I've only been playing. I wasn't keen on the plasticky feel of it at first, but given what's going on underneath, I've already almost forgiven that and as already mentioned, I have some examples of legendary build-quality as yardsticks so it's a little unfair.
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