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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Touch screen
Touch screen
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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FX80

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x56x19 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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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        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        DMC-FX78:5x
        FX80:4.6x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix FH10

        Panasonic Lumix FH10

        Ultra compact

        $105

        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-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $318

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $230 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $280 - $399

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

        Compact

        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $369 - $499

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Panasonic Lumix FX80 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Compact

        $80 - $88

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $138

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

        Super zoom

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Travel zoom

        $147

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

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