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

Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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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)
Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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
Lowest price Cheaper $119.00 vs $183.99
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              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 DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $165

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $140

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $1,000

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $228

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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