At 20mm, the FZ72's wide angle lens is wider than its nearest competitors on the market and means you can get creative with wide angle shots or fit more into the scene.
The zoom function of the FZ72 is its standout feature. Here we can compare an image taken at the wide angle, in which you can barely see a clock face in the centre of the frame.
Here at the full 60x zoom function, the full clock face is visible and the optical stabilisation system has done an excellent job of keeping blur to a minimum even though this picture was shot handheld.
The FZ72's macro focusing option allows you to get very close to the subject to produce frame-filling pictures.
Here again we can take a look at the zoom function. Here's another shot at the 20mm wide angle.
Now look at the 60x optical zoom to see how close the lens can get.
If you do need extra reach, the camera's decent digital zoom comes in handy and allows you to get even closer. There is some loss of detail, but it's certainly good enough to share online and so on.
The FZ72 has a dedicated panoramic mode, which is easy to use. Simply pan the camera across the scene and release the shutter button when you want the camera to stop recording.
In artificial lighting conditions, the FZ72's automatic white balance tends towards the warm side. Meanwhile, noise is visible in this shot taken at ISO 3200, especially when examining at 100%.
The FZ72 has a large number of digital filters available when shooting in a specific mode. They are as follows: