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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

58

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Panasonic Lumix FX80

55

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Runner-up
     

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
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$150.62 vs $289.99
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The best price we've seen is $139 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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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              DMC-FX78:1/1300s
              FX80:1/1600s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.7 fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FX78:5x
              FX80:4.6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

              Compact

              $269

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $112

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

              Travel zoom

              $165

              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-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $370 - $426

              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-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $90

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $330

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus SH-21

              Olympus SH-21

              Travel zoom

              $161

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              $592

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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