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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 
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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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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
Size Slightly smaller 92x55x19 mm vs 99x55x20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Lowest price Cheaper $119.00 vs $165.00
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The best price we've seen is $46 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              300 HS:f/2.7
              DMC-FX78:f/2.5
              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
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $109 - $117

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $138 - $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $150

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $180

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $170

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $169

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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