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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FX80

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

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
Lowest price Cheaper $145.72 vs $249.99
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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 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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $78 - $119

              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $131

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $100

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $88 - $99

              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $102

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $118

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $100

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $433

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

              Panasonic Lumix TS20

              Waterproof

              $215

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

              Compact

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $146

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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