As well as being compared against other compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms, super zooms and ultra compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FX75 and the Lumix DMC-TS10) and Pentax (such as the MX-1)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 31 mm), has a much larger screen (3.5" vs 2.7"), is significantly smaller (super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs compact (100×64×22 mm)), has a touch screen and is newer (january 2011 vs june 2010).

However, on average it is not waterproof and has a slower max shutter speed (1/1300 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75
7 months older
$545

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX75 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX75 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • Significantly larger: Compact (103×55×23 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FX75 and DMC-FX78

  • Wide aperture: f/2.2 vs f/2.5
  • Good wide angle: 24 mm vs 24 mm
  • Very small: Compact (103×55×23 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10
6 months older
$356

Significant advantages of the DMC-TS10 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Waterproof
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TS10 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.5"
  • Much larger: Compact (100×64×22 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-TS10 and DMC-FX78

  • Very small: Compact (100×64×22 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

Samsung PL200

Samsung PL200
6 months older

Significant advantages of the PL200 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PL200 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much worse wide angle: 31 mm vs 24 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the PL200 and DMC-FX78

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.5
  • Very small: Compact (100×60×21 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 28 mm), has a much larger screen (3.5" vs 2"), is slightly smaller (super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs large (128×93×129 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Pentax MX-1

Pentax MX-1
1 year newer
$394

Significant advantages of the MX-1 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the MX-1 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

common strengths of the MX-1 and DMC-FX78

  • None found

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100
4 years older

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

common strengths of the S9100 and DMC-FX78

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.5 vs f/3.3), has a much larger screen (3.5" vs 3"), is much smaller (super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs compact (105×59×31 mm)), has a touch screen and is thinner (0.8" vs 1.2").

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (5x vs 20x), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Olympus SH-21

Olympus SH-21
9 months newer
$198

Significant advantages of the SH-21 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SH-21 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much larger: Compact (105×59×31 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SH-21 and DMC-FX78

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×31 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Very light: 184 g vs 142 g
  • Very thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$430

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much larger: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the ZS25 and DMC-FX78

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Very light: 193 g vs 142 g
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.8"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10
similar age
$450

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Shoots faster: 10 fps vs 3.7 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS10 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much larger: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the DMC-ZS10 and DMC-FX78

  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Have touch screens
  • Very light: 219 g vs 142 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.5 vs f/2.8), has a much larger screen (3.5" vs 3"), is significantly smaller (super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs professional size (133×91×110 mm)), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 12 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$534

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FX78

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×87×110 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 588 g vs 142 g
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 0.8"

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Fujifilm FinePix S1
2 years newer
$1,588

Significant advantages of the S1 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the S1 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • Much smaller screen: 3" vs 3.5"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×91×110 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the S1 and DMC-FX78

  • Fairly small: Professional size (133×91×110 mm) vs Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 680 g vs 142 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (24 mm vs 26 mm), has a much larger screen (3.5" vs 2.7"), has a touch screen, is thinner (0.8" vs 2.1") and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 2 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (super compact (99×56×20 mm) vs ultra compact (50×22×54 mm)), much lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2011 vs february 2014).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

Sony CyberShot DSC-W800
3 years newer
$80 - $105

Significant advantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W800 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W800 and DMC-FX78

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX70 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX70 (vs the DMC-FX78)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-WX70 and DMC-FX78

  • None found