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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
29
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Key Specs

Panasonic FX580
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 167g - 95 x 57 x 22mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FX550
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
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX77
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Overview

In this article, we will be matching up the Panasonic FX580 versus Panasonic FX78, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FX580 (12MP) and the FX78 (12MP) is pretty close and they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The FX580 was revealed 24 months before the FX78 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a more detailed comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the FX580 scores vs the FX78 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX580 over the Panasonic FX78

 FX580 FX78 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Panasonic FX580

 FX78 FX580 
RevealedJanuary 2011January 2009More modern by 24 months
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic FX78

 FX580 FX78 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera, you should consider its weight and size. The Panasonic FX580 features exterior dimensions of 95mm x 57mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while 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).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is the front view over all size comparison of the FX580 compared to the FX78.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FX580 and FX78 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizes merely by viewing specifications. The pic underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the FX580 and FX78.

Plainly, both of those cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical resolution therefore you should expect comparable quality of pictures although you should really factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more aged FX580 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FX580
Portrait photography with Panasonic FX78
26
features face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
21
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Street photography advice
Panasonic FX78 Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Sports photography features
Panasonic FX78 Sports photography features
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
28
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
low battery power (200 per charge)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Travel photography details
Panasonic FX78 Travel photography details
58
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
56
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
low battery power (200 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX580 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography advice
37
decently wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
36
really wide (24mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
low battery power (200 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX580
Vlogging with Panasonic FX78
31
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic jack
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really wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
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Panasonic FX580 vs Panasonic FX78 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX580 and Panasonic FX78
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Also called as Lumix DMC-FX550 Lumix DMC-FX77
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-01-27 2011-01-25
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 11 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-125mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/2.5-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3.5 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1400s
Continuous shooting rate 2.0fps 4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 6.00 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB 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)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167g (0.37 lbs) 142g (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 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 - 200 photographs
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $499 $210