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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

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Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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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 ZS20

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 
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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 105x59x28 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Weight Significantly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $119.00 vs $229.00
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The best price we've seen is $110 cheaper (around 50% less)
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.8 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Zoom Much 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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $169

              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix LF1

              Panasonic Lumix LF1

              Pro digicam

              $250 - $471

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $170

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              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
              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
              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 DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger

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