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)
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
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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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        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
        Thickness Is thicker
        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 slightly more expensive
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $175

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $350

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Ultra compact

        $130 - $170

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

        Ultra compact

        $78

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $92

        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        $145

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $531 - $547

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $295

        Zoom More zoom
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        $240

        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

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