A really good Christmas deal, because Panasonic have doubled the cashback to £60:http://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/offer/christmas-201415-cashback-offer/
So £155 for a very decent camera (as recommended by Which? and a recent Gadget Show)
The DMC-FZ72 features stunningly versatile LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 60x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 20-1200mm) making it possible to capture dynamic landscape and wild animals or birds distant away. The 20mm ultra wide angle lens captures approx.140% wider angle of view compared with a 24mm angle of view.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively suppresses hand-shake vibration. The angular width that the DMC-FZ72 can compensate is more than 200% wider than the predecessor DMC-FZ62 at the tele-end, which realizes handheld 1200mm super telephoto shooting.
The Active Mode is equipped with DMC-FZ72 that encourages active video recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking without causing deterioration of image quality.
The recorded videos come with the highly realistic Dolby Digital Stereo Creator and its sound quality is further improved with the DMC-FZ72 thanks to the newly developed Wind Shield Zoom Microphone that minimizes wind noise by approx. 70% compared with the predecessor DMC-FZ62. Externally, the special sealed structure prevents wind from hitting the microphone directly and the draft structure suppresses retention of air internally. As a result, the sound is clear, comfortable to listen even it was recorded on a windy day.
The DMC-FZ72 records full-HD 1920 x 1080 videos in both AVCHD and MP4 format. A special, separate button on the top lets you instantly start recording videos while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings.
The 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is newly integrated in the DMC-FZ72. Together with the high performance image processing LSI Venus Engine, it elevates the response, sensitivity and image quality of the DMC-FZ72 even to the higher level.
Integrating the high speed digital signal output technology, the DMC-FZ72 shoot 9 fps in 16.1-megapixel full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. It also contributes to the Light Speed AF. Together with the quick start-up time, the DMC-FZ72 never misses the most fleeting shooting opportunities.
Lens 20mm Ultra Wide Angle
Lcd Screen Size 3" TFT Screen LCD
Optical Zoom 60x
Digital Zoom 5x
Memory Card Type SD
Internal Memory Yes
Battery Type Li-ion Battery Pack
Battery Charger Yes
Movie Mode Yes
Macro Mode For Close Focusing Yes
Minimum Focusing Distance 3.58mm
Continuous Shooting Yes
Built In Auto Flash Yes
Flash Modes Yes
Red-eye Reduction Flash Mode Yes
Self Timer Yes
Programme Ae Exposure Modes Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Slide Show Playback Yes
Connection mini HDMI & USB
Pc & Mac Compatible Yes
Pc Download Software Included Yes
Pc Editing Software Supplied No
Awards Which? Best Photography Band 2013
Face Detection Yes