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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
80
Imaging
39
Features
73
Overall
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Fujifilm X30 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Fujifilm X30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 2/3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.0-2.8) lens
  • 423g - 119 x 72 x 60mm
  • Introduced August 2014
  • Replaced the Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FX78
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 142g - 100 x 55 x 21mm
  • Released January 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

Let's look closer at the Fujifilm X30 versus Panasonic FX78, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands FujiFilm and Panasonic. The resolution of the Fujifilm X30 (12MP) and the FX78 (12MP) is pretty similar but the Fujifilm X30 (2/3") and FX78 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizes.

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The Fujifilm X30 was brought out 3 years later than the FX78 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the Fujifilm X30 scores versus the FX78 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X30 over the Panasonic FX78

 Fujifilm X30 FX78 
ReleasedAugust 2014January 2011Fresher by 44 months
Manually focus More exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k230kSharper screen (+690k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Fujifilm X30

 FX78 Fujifilm X30 
Screen dimensions3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic FX78

 Fujifilm X30 FX78 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera, you need to factor its weight and volume. The Fujifilm X30 features physical measurements of 119mm x 72mm x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") and a weight of 423 grams (0.93 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FX78 has sizing of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

See the Fujifilm X30 versus Panasonic FX78 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the Fujifilm X30 and the FX78.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X30 and FX78 is 80 and 95 respectively.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to picture the gap between sensor sizing simply by going over technical specs. The graphic below should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm X30 and FX78.

As you have seen, each of the cameras provide the same megapixel count albeit different sensor sizing. The Fujifilm X30 uses the bigger sensor which should make getting shallow depth of field easier. The more recent Fujifilm X30 provides an advantage in sensor tech.

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Portrait photography information
Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography information
47
focusing manually
offers face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (2/3")
21
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm X30 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
64
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (2/3")
heavier than others in class (423g)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FX78 Sports photography advice
52
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
great battery power (470 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (2/3")
28
has image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery (200 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm X30
Travel photography with Panasonic FX78
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great battery power (470 per charge)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
heavier than others in class (423g)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
56
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
not so great battery (200 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Landscape photography highlights
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography highlights
58
focusing manually
reasonably wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (470 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (2/3")
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quite wide (24mm)
very good size screen (3.5")
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
manual exposure not possible
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
not so great battery (200 shots)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X30 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic FX78 Vlogging highlights
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reasonably wide (28mm)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic support
screen is not selfie friendly
heavier than others in class (423 grams)
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quite wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
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Fujifilm X30 vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X30 and Panasonic FX78
 Fujifilm X30Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Make FujiFilm Panasonic
Model type Fujifilm X30 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Other name - Lumix DMC-FX77
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2014-08-26 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip EXR Processor II Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS X-TRANS II CCD
Sensor size 2/3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 8.8 x 6.6mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 58.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 49 11
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-2.8 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 4.1 5.9
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3.5"
Display resolution 920 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.65x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 60s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1400s
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, forced flash, slow synchro, commander, suppressed flash Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/50p/30p/25/24p), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 423 gr (0.93 pounds) 142 gr (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions 119 x 72 x 60mm (4.7" x 2.8" x 2.4") 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 470 photographs 200 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-95 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $499 $210