Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix FX80

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Panasonic Lumix FX80

54

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FX80

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x56x19 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Panasonic FX80

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Slightly smaller
96x56x19 mm vs 99x55x20 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$152.92 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
131 g vs 142 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1300s
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Around 20% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.5
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899x55x20 mm
              FX8096x56x19 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              FX801080p @ 60fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              DMC-FX78142 g
              FX80131 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              DMC-FX781/1300s
              FX801/1600s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              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
              3.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX785x
              FX804.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $150

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              $273

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $405

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $91

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $199

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR200

              Casio Exilim ZR-200

              Travel zoom

              $267

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $242

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Panasonic Lumix TS25

              Waterproof

              $169

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $110 - $180

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $194

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Casio Exilim EX-ZR15

              Casio Exilim ZR15

              Compact

              $130

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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