Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 99x55x20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 300 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$229.87 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 2.7"
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Around 30% larger screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.5 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              300 HS:92x55x19 mm
              DMC-FX78:99x55x20 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS:141 g
              DMC-FX78:142 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS:3.4 fps
              DMC-FX78:3.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150 - $189

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $400

              Aperture Wider aperture
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $249

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $89

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              $87

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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