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

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 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
$147.71 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (2x 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
              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 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-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              $188

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $128

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot G2

              Pro digicam

              $1,000

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $146

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Kodak EasyShare M550

              Kodak EasyShare M550

              Compact

              $130

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

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