Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

59

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

51

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Size
Really small
Compact 105x59x28 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

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
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 105x59x28 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 206 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x 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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS20's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $89

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              $87

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $240

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $158 - $248

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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