Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.5 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Size Significantly smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 142 g vs 219 g
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Around 40% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $480

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

        Compact

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $399

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Zoom More zoom
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $190 - $240

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Zoom More zoom
        Touch screen No touch screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $482

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $320

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Touch screen No touch screen
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        $685

        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen

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