Panasonic Lumix FZ72 60x Optical Zoom 16MP Bridge Camera - Black £179.99 @  Argos
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Panasonic Lumix FZ72 60x Optical Zoom 16MP Bridge Camera - Black £179.99 @ Argos

£179.99Argos Deals
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Found 19th Jul 2015
This Panasonic Lumix FZ72 60x Zoom Bridge Camera offers stunning versatility for your photo needs. The Lumix DC Vario lens with a 60x optical zoom makes it possible to snap landscape and wild animals or birds from distance. Creative retouch enables you to filter your photos and the panorama mode offers superb scene capturing shots.

Model number: DMC-FZ72EB-K.

Product specification:

16.1 megapixels.
60x optical zoom.
4x digital zoom.
3in screen with TFT LCD technology.
Optical image stabilisation.
Up to 9 frames per second.
Shutter speed of 8 to 1/2000 sec.
MOS sensor.
Lens information:

Lens type: wide angle zoom.
Minimum aperture: 2.8.
Maximum aperture: 5.9.
Manual focus.
Features:

View finder.
Minimum ISO rating 100 and maximum ISO rating 6400.
Built-in flash.
1080p HD recording.
Video capture with sound.
PictBridge compatible.
Features intelligent scene mode feature.
Memory card compatibility:

SD, SDHC, SDXC, .
General information:

Colour: black.
Includes shoulder strap, USB cable .
Batteries required: 1 x Li-Ion (included) .
Size H9.7, W13, D11.8cm.
Weight 562g.

35 Comments

Decent bridge camera with fair reviews....image quality not the best...like all bridge cameras there is a trade off....good price but it's been hovering around this price for some time now so not an outstanding price....

Still deserves to be hot though .....shame these cameras no longer have Leica optics

Just one of many reviews

whatdigitalcamera.com/rev…iew

Original Poster

corred1964

Decent bridge camera with fair reviews....image quality not the … Decent bridge camera with fair reviews....image quality not the best...like all bridge cameras there is a trade off....good price but it's been hovering around this price for some time now so not an outstanding price....Still deserves to be hot though .....shame these cameras no longer have Leica opticsJust one of many reviewshttp://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/reviews/compact-cameras/panasonic-lumix-fz72-review



What sort of camera would you go for on a budget of £250? Either pocket camera or bridge. Ideally I want one you can use with a remote control.

I'd be tempted to get a low shutter count DSLR...possibly a Canon 1100d....at least with a DSLR you can upgrade part by part......second hand lenses are often well priced....

Depending if you need video or not....the Panasonic G1 is a good buy if not....or the G2 if you do & these are a similar size to this bridge camera

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corred1964

I'd be tempted to get a low shutter count DSLR...possibly a Canon … I'd be tempted to get a low shutter count DSLR...possibly a Canon 1100d....at least with a DSLR you can upgrade part by part......second hand lenses are often well priced....Depending if you need video or not....the Panasonic G1 is a good buy if not....or the G2 if you do & these are a similar size to this bridge camera



Thank you, I'll look into all those you mentioned.

Remember with the Canon (other brands are available inc Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony) there are also a wide range of cheaper high quality 3rd party lenses available from makers like Sigma, Tamron & Tokina ....with the Sony most old Minolta AF lenses work & with Pentax there is a huge range of old Pentax AF lenses that are compatible with their modern cameras

I'm very interested in this camera as I want a simple t use camera with a big zoom, the review you linked to above was done when the camera was £360 so at this price it seems a good deal
I have also seen on the Panasonic website that there is £30 Cashback available on this model which sweetens this deal
http://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/promotions/promotions/view_terms/77
I've added heat and will sleep on it.....

In fact I've convinced myself! If I get it for £150 after Cashback there's no risk as they sell for more than this second hand on eBay!

dlm136...your one quick sleeper.
Watching QVC pentax one today and surprised they still fit K lenses have an Pentax Me over 30 years old and the lenses I have will still fit the latest,have'nt used for 15 years and the Duracell battery still works and lights up the speed in viewfinder,cracking camera,off topic I know.

dlm136

I'm very interested in this camera as I want a simple t use camera with a … I'm very interested in this camera as I want a simple t use camera with a big zoom, the review you linked to above was done when the camera was £360 so at this price it seems a good dealI have also seen on the Panasonic website that there is £30 Cashback available on this model which sweetens this dealhttp://promotions.panasonic.co.uk/promotions/promotions/view_terms/77I've added heat and will sleep on it.....




I've owned a number of Panny FZ's since they were launched as well as TZ's & they are very good at doing what they do......

They will never compete with an SLR for image quality (smaller sensor & poorer lens) but for everyday use they are good & an equivalent SLR with lenses to cover the range would cost £1000's & weigh enough to sink a ship X)

I'm an SLR user as a rule but have a bridge camera for those occasions where carrying a heavy bulky SLR & the image will still put compacts & phones to shame

morrig

dlm136...your one quick sleeper.Watching QVC pentax one today and … dlm136...your one quick sleeper.Watching QVC pentax one today and surprised they still fit K lenses have an Pentax Me over 30 years old and the lenses I have will still fit the latest,have'nt used for 15 years and the Duracell battery still works and lights up the speed in viewfinder,cracking camera,off topic I know.



Yes amazing isn't it....but then again Canon EOS film lenses still fit the latest Canon digital cameras too (EF & EF-S)

You would need the K-AF to work with the Autofocus though with the Pentax
Edited by: "corred1964" 19th Jul 2015

morrig

dlm136...your one quick sleeper.


you snooze you lose
looks like I reserved one of the last ones in London

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COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high zoom.
Pay few quid more and you can already get a proper dslr such as D3200

229mel

COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high … COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high zoom.Pay few quid more and you can already get a proper dslr such as D3200


Ok I'll bite - where can you get a D3200 for a few quid more? (this one will cost £150 after cashback)

Original Poster

229mel

COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high … COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high zoom.Pay few quid more and you can already get a proper dslr such as D3200



Not cold. "a few quid" - you mean £100?! That's how much the difference is between this and the 3200. I know because I was toying with one, and there are advantages to having a bridge over a DSLR or SLR. How about 60x zoom?
Edited by: "squiff" 19th Jul 2015

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tell me honestly how often will you use the 60x zoom? Are you a pensioner by any chance?
havent checked the prices now, but got mine for 199+ 20 cashbach at xmas when they had price glitch at argos, using it daily to take product shots and you are simply nuts if you think that just because its in huge dslr-like body and has this crazy super-high zoom it will be actually just as good!
Edited by: "229mel" 19th Jul 2015

I would put a bit too, and get a g6. really want a g6.

Amazing price. I purchased a Sony HX400V exactly a year ago and it has a 50x zoom and paid £380. Always thought my old 24x zoom Panasonic had better snaps but needed a longer zoom. At this price, it's an absolute bargain IMO.

squiff

What sort of camera would you go for on a budget of £250? Either pocket … What sort of camera would you go for on a budget of £250? Either pocket camera or bridge. Ideally I want one you can use with a remote control.



Get the Sony a5100 deal from two days ago

Looks like I missed it thanks anyway op!

229mel

COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high … COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high zoom.Pay few quid more and you can already get a proper dslr such as D3200



So what focal length will you have with your dslr for under £350?! Certainly not over 1000mm equivalent!

Tool

I've had the FZ72 for just over a year now and before that had the FZ18 for 6 years (still going strong). Most of the pics on my Flickr were taken on the FZ72 if you wanted to have a look. flickr.com/pho…er/

corred1964

Yes amazing isn't it....but then again Canon EOS film lenses still fit … Yes amazing isn't it....but then again Canon EOS film lenses still fit the latest Canon digital cameras too (EF & EF-S)You would need the K-AF to work with the Autofocus though with the Pentax


Yes but don't forget the ef mount is a lot more recent than the Pentax K mount. Canon had the FD mount at the same time as Pentax had their K mount. I still own and use 3 Pentax film bodies as well as Canon film and dslr bodies. I do like the Pentax primes for their small size and superb optics.

229mel

COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high … COLD! its a damn bridge camera- a regular point and shoot with super high zoom.Pay few quid more and you can already get a proper dslr such as D3200



You really do love that D3200 don't you? Though you never did finish your points in here....

hotukdeals.com/dea…e=3

smish

I've had the FZ72 for just over a year now and before that had the FZ18 … I've had the FZ72 for just over a year now and before that had the FZ18 for 6 years (still going strong). Most of the pics on my Flickr were taken on the FZ72 if you wanted to have a look. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethmcallister/



Wow, amazing pics, great showcase for what the camera is capable of in the right hands! Is the image quality noticeably worse at the extremes of the zoom range?

fitzu

Wow, amazing pics, great showcase for what the camera is capable of in … Wow, amazing pics, great showcase for what the camera is capable of in the right hands! Is the image quality noticeably worse at the extremes of the zoom range?


Thank you! Pretty sure this one was full zoom, handheld flickr.com/pho…am/ Obviously if you're zooming in on say...a ship out at sea, you're gonna get the haze and all sorts of things interfering with the quality of the pic, but I do find it really fun being able to zoom in on planes etc and see all the detail. I got a GM1 a few months ago which has superb image quality but obviously then you're looking at paying a fortune for a lens with anywhere near the kind of range that the FZ72 has. For me they make a good pair, as the GM is tiny which allows me to take both out if I'm going somewhere specifically to take pics. I've thought over and over about getting an SLR but I always come to the conclusion that I either wouldn't take it out with me or I'd miss shots faffing around with lenses. I just accept that the FZ is never going to be the greatest quality but it is a really fun camera.

229mel

tell me honestly how often will you use the 60x zoom? Are you a pensioner … tell me honestly how often will you use the 60x zoom? Are you a pensioner by any chance?havent checked the prices now, but got mine for 199+ 20 cashbach at xmas when they had price glitch at argos, using it daily to take product shots and you are simply nuts if you think that just because its in huge dslr-like body and has this crazy super-high zoom it will be actually just as good!


Frankly, daft. Just because you wouldn't need the zoom doesn't mean it's irrelevant for everyone. It's horses for courses and this is a totally different type of shooter... And the fact is, if you want to capture things at distance, this will deliver shots that are literally impossible for you and your D3200 (unless you've spent an incomparable sum on extra glass). Not everyone is only taking product shots.

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happyblob

Frankly, daft. Just because you wouldn't need the zoom doesn't mean it's … Frankly, daft. Just because you wouldn't need the zoom doesn't mean it's irrelevant for everyone. It's horses for courses and this is a totally different type of shooter... And the fact is, if you want to capture things at distance, this will deliver shots that are literally impossible for you and your D3200 (unless you've spent an incomparable sum on extra glass). Not everyone is only taking product shots.


actually the D3200 is Big ,bulky,the autofocus is sooo damn slow ,its a crap camera from user experience and I have other cameras with much better zoom/super fast focusing and much lighter..however 99% I use the d3200 , why? Only Because of the picture quality you can get! That pretty much sums it up, if you just want an average point and shoot camera with that super-zoom which you will rarely be using than yeah its Ok I guess, If you want a real thing for work that can produce excellent shots than don't fool yourself!

229mel

actually the D3200 is Big ,bulky,the autofocus is sooo damn slow ,its a … actually the D3200 is Big ,bulky,the autofocus is sooo damn slow ,its a crap camera from user experience and I have other cameras with much better zoom/super fast focusing and much lighter..however 99% I use the d3200 , why? Only Because of the picture quality you can get! That pretty much sums it up, if you just want an average point and shoot camera with that super-zoom which you will rarely be using than yeah its Ok I guess, If you want a real thing for work that can produce excellent shots than don't fool yourself!


Heh, you're preaching to the converted when it comes to image quality being top priority. I currently shoot with a Sigma DP1 Merrill... it is absolute ball ache to use; glacially slow, awful battery life, naff JPEG rendering and RAWs that are in an obscure closed format, and a fixed lens with a fixed focal length. But the IQ it produces rivals full frame (some even say medium format, although I wouldn't go that far). So yeah, like you, technical image quality is my personal priority.

But some people out there want something for capturing nature and far away birds or animals... or taking to air shows... or big music concerts where you've no chance of getting close. They will frequently want to capture subjects that are way off in the distance- or they just really value the option to be able to. And nothing you can say changes the fact that for those situations, this camera will run rings around a DSLR with a kit lens (and the cost of getting that telephoto reach on a DSLR puts that option out of the reach of a lot of people).

Ergo it isn't the case that this is automatically a bad option, a cold deal, or that people buying it are idiots. It depends on what someone wants out of a camera. Horses for courses.

You can get shots with this type of camera that you couldn't get any other way.
Of course you will use the full zoom - that's why you buy it !!
I have a canon like this deal camera with same max focal length and use it as much as my nex and pen cams.
Horses for courses.

how does this camera compare to this sony which is similar price and zoom?

Picked mine up yesterday and I'm very happy with it
Can anyone recommend a decent case/bag that's not too big, thanks

dlm136

Picked mine up yesterday and I'm very happy with itCan anyone recommend a … Picked mine up yesterday and I'm very happy with itCan anyone recommend a decent case/bag that's not too big, thanks



I hope you enjoy your FZ72 - I paid a similar price at Christmas - for £150 it's a great camera.

My cashback took a couple of months to come through so don't despair if it takes a while.

I gave up finding a small bag for it; I bought and returned two (one on ebay one from Amazon) and both were too tight despite the dimensions on their listings suggesting there's be plenty of room. In the end a friend gave me an old SLR case which isn't too big and at least I can get the camera in and out easily.

I use the Lowepro Format 120 for mine. It's definitely big enough, but not ridiculous. It's roomy enough to get the camera in and out easily and I just about have enough room to keep my GoPro tucked in the top of it too so it does the job for me. Lowepro bags are great quality, I have another one which is 6/7 years old and still like new.
It's this one if anyone wants to check it out in Currys. currys.co.uk/gbu…tml?srcid=198&cmpid=ppc~gg~~~Exact&mctag=gg_goog_7904&s_kwcid=AL!3391!3!43562518295!!!g!67784125295!&ef_id=Va7hcwAAAEtMrVFl:20150722003908:s
Edited by: "smish" 22nd Jul 2015

Thanks for the replies, I'll take a look at those bags
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