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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
69
Imaging
38
Features
29
Overall
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Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Olympus SP-820UZ
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 22-896mm (F3.4-5.7) lens
  • 485g - 117 x 78 x 93mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Old Model is Olympus SP-820UZ
  • Replacement is Olympus SP-820UZ
Panasonic FX78
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • 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
Photography Glossary

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

Lets take a deeper look at the Olympus SP-820UZ versus Panasonic FX78, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by brands Olympus and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the SP-820UZ (14MP) and the FX78 (12MP) is fairly similar and they use the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The SP-820UZ was launched 20 months after the FX78 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the SP-820UZ grades vs the FX78 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus SP-820UZ over the Panasonic FX78

 SP-820UZ FX78 
ReleasedAugust 2012January 2011Newer by 20 months
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Olympus SP-820UZ

 FX78 SP-820UZ 
Display dimension3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic FX78

 SP-820UZ FX78 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to travel with your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and measurements. The Olympus SP-820UZ enjoys exterior measurements of 117mm x 78mm x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 485 grams (1.07 lbs) and the Panasonic FX78 has proportions of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus SP-820UZ versus Panasonic FX78 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the SP-820UZ compared to the FX78.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the SP-820UZ and FX78 is 69 and 95 respectively.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to imagine the contrast between sensor dimensions simply by reading specs. The image underneath may provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the SP-820UZ and FX78.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should anticipate the Olympus SP-820UZ to deliver more detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop images somewhat more aggressively. The more recent SP-820UZ provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Portrait photography information
Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography information
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decent MP (14 megapixels)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus SP-820UZ
Street photography with Panasonic FX78
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no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than average in class (485g)
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Sports photography details
Panasonic FX78 Sports photography details
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incredible zoom range (22-896mm 40.7 x zoom)
decent MP (14MP)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,400s)
slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (200 per charge)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Travel photography camera
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decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
really wide (22mm)
great reach (896mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (485g)
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
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has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus SP-820UZ Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography advice
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really wide (22mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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relatively wide (24mm)
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Olympus SP-820UZ
Vlogging with Panasonic FX78
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really wide (22mm)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
more heavy than average in class (485g)
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relatively wide (24mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone port
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Olympus SP-820UZ vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus SP-820UZ and Panasonic FX78
 Olympus Stylus SP-820UZPanasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Brand Olympus Panasonic
Model Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FX77
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-08-21 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4288 x 3216 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 11
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 22-896mm (40.7x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.4-5.7 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3.5"
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech TFT Color LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1400s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 15.00 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 180 (30, 240 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 485 gr (1.07 lb) 142 gr (0.31 lb)
Dimensions 117 x 78 x 93mm (4.6" x 3.1" x 3.7") 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 200 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $299 $210