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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FX80

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Size
Really small
Super compact (96×56×19 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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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% larger screen
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
96×56×19 mm vs 99×56×20 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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-FX7899×56×20 mm
              FX8096×56×19 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              FX801080p @ 60fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              DMC-FX783.5"
              FX803"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DMC-FX78$299.99
              FX80$302.01
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.7 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX785x
              FX804.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $184

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $210

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $105

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $87

              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
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung PL200

              Samsung PL200

              Compact

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Placeholder

              Toshiba PDR-M21

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Size Slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $190

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Nikon Coolpix P7700

              Pro digicam

              $523

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $140 - $149

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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