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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Zoom 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
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
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              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 ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $210 - $220

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $318

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $338 - $345

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $176

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $105

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

              Samsung NX Mini

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 with 9-27mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              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 DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $490 - $515

              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-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

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

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