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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 
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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
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 Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        300 HS:92x55x19 mm
        DMC-FX78:99x55x20 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.8"
        Weight Light weight Help
        300 HS:141 g
        DMC-FX78:142 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        300 HS:3.4 fps
        DMC-FX78:3.7 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

        Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

        Ultra compact

        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Movie format Records lower quality movies

        Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon ELPH 520 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

        Ultra compact

        $175 - $179

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $214

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $114 - $180

        Screen size Larger screen
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus VG-160

        Olympus VG-160

        Compact

        $112

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $289 - $300

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $91

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle

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        Canon ELPH 300 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
        Canon ELPH 300 HS Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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