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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
34
Overall
37
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Panasonic FH27
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2011
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
  • Announced January 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both offered by Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the FH27 (16MP) and FX78 (12MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FH27 was launched very close to the FX78 and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a short view of how the FH27 matches up versus the FX78 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH27 over the Panasonic FX78

 FH27 FX78 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Panasonic FH27

 FX78 FH27 
Screen dimensions3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")

Common features in the Panasonic FH27 and Panasonic FX78

 FH27 FX78 
AnnouncedJanuary 2011January 2011Same generation
Focus manually No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to travel with your camera often, you'll have to think about its weight and size. The Panasonic FH27 has got outside measurements of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs) whilst the Panasonic FX78 has specifications of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the FH27 vs the FX78.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the FH27 and FX78 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to envision the difference in sensor dimensions only by researching specs. The image underneath might provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the FH27 and FX78.

All in all, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Panasonic FH27 to render more detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots a bit more aggressively.

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Portrait photography camera
34
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH27 Street photography info
Panasonic FX78 Street photography info
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has focus by touch
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Sports photography camera
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
28
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400s)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery (200 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FH27 Travel photography features
Panasonic FX78 Travel photography features
68
has focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
56
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (200 per charge)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH27 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography advice
43
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording
36
fairly wide (24mm)
big screen (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
terrible battery (200 per charge)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH27 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Vlogging camera
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone support
33
fairly wide (24mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
missing external mic port
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Panasonic FH27 vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH27 and Panasonic FX78
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-FX77
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2011-01-05 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VI Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.5 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT Touch Screen LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1400 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.0 frames per sec 4.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.80 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 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 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic 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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 152g (0.34 pounds) 142g (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") 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 250 pictures 200 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $229 $210