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Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
21
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Panasonic FH3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 165g - 98 x 55 x 24mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FS11
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
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FX77
Photography Glossary

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Panasonic FH3 versus Panasonic FX78, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. The resolution of the FH3 (14MP) and the FX78 (12MP) is pretty similar and they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FH3 was introduced 12 months prior to the FX78 and they are both of a similar age. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the FH3 grades against the FX78 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FH3 over the Panasonic FX78

 FH3 FX78 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Panasonic FH3

 FX78 FH3 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2010Fresher by 12 months
Screen dimension3.5"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.8")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FX78

 FH3 FX78 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera often, you should consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FH3 features physical measurements of 98mm x 55mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") along with a weight of 165 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Panasonic FX78 has measurements of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the FH3 against the FX78.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the FH3 and FX78 is 94 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to envision the contrast between sensor sizing just by reviewing specifications. The photograph here may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the FH3 and FX78.

Plainly, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Panasonic FH3 to offer you more detail using its extra 2MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older FH3 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Portrait photography info
Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography info
28
decent megapixels (14MP)
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FH3
Sports photography with Panasonic FX78
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14MP)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
28
image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
max fps low (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (200 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FH3
Travel photography with Panasonic FX78
65
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
56
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
missing Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (200 per charge)
low resolution (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FH3 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic FX78 as a Landscape photography camera
37
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
36
quite wide (24mm)
very good size screen (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
low resolution (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
not so great battery life (200 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FH3 Vlogging features
Panasonic FX78 Vlogging features
29
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic port
33
quite wide (24mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
missing mic jack
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Panasonic FH3 vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FH3 and Panasonic FX78
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Alternate name Lumix DMC-FS11 Lumix DMC-FX77
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-01-06 2011-01-25
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 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 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-6.9 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3.5 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/1400 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames/s 4.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.80 m 5.60 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 165 gr (0.36 lb) 142 gr (0.31 lb)
Dimensions 98 x 55 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9") 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Retail pricing $160 $210