Updated (February 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix FX80

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

55

Panasonic Lumix FX80

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
 

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 Very small Help
              DMC-FX7899×56×20 mm
              FX8096×56×19 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              FX801080p @ 60fps
              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
              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
              5.0 cm
              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-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $369

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $419

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $230

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $300

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              $240

              Wide angle Much 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-XS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

              Ultra compact

              $123

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              $169

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $128

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $110

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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