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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS15

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.5
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Size
Really small
Compact (105×58×33 mm)

galleries

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% larger screen
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)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Significantly smaller
99×56×20 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
142 g vs 208 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS15's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1300s
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3.1x faster max shutter speed
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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
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              ZS151080p @ 60fps
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              DMC-FX783.5"
              ZS153"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              DMC-FX785.0 cm
              ZS153.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FX781,600 ISO
              ZS153,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $179

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              $240

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $306

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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