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

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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 Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Wide angle 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 96x56x19 mm vs 99x55x20 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 131 g vs 142 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        f/2.5
        Size Fairly small Help
        DMC-FX78:99x55x20 mm
        FX80:96x56x19 mm
        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-FX78:142 g
        FX80:131 g
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3.7 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FX78:5x
        FX80:4.6x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

        Compact

        $139

        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

        Compact

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $230 - $300

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon Coolpix P310

        Nikon Coolpix P310

        Pro digicam

        $319

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Samsung DV150F

        Samsung DV150F

        Ultra compact

        $75 - $138

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

        Compact

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

        Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $399

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        $599

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $199

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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