Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 front

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Key Specs

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
  • Announced January 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
Panasonic FZ28
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 27-486mm (F2.8-4.4) lens
  • 417g - 118 x 75 x 89mm
  • Released January 2009
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Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Overview

Following is a extensive assessment of the Panasonic FX78 versus Panasonic FZ28, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FX78 (12MP) and the FZ28 (10MP) is very close and both cameras offer the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FX78 was announced 2 years after the FZ28 which is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the FX78 scores against the FZ28 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Panasonic FZ28

 FX78 FZ28 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2009More modern by 25 months
Display size3.5"2.7"Larger display (+0.8")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ28 over the Panasonic FX78

 FZ28 FX78 
Manually focus Very precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Panasonic FZ28

 FX78 FZ28 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX78 offers physical measurements of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) while the Panasonic FZ28 has sizing of 118mm x 75mm x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5") with a weight of 417 grams (0.92 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the FX78 against the FZ28.

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FX78 and FZ28 is 95 and 72 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its hard to visualize the difference in sensor sizes simply by viewing a spec sheet. The picture underneath might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the FX78 and FZ28.

Clearly, both cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You can expect to see the Panasonic FX78 to result in more detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The younger FX78 should have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography details
Panasonic FZ28 Portrait photography details
no manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
has manual focus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Street photography information
Panasonic FZ28 Street photography information
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Sports photography advice
Panasonic FZ28 Sports photography advice
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400 seconds)
max fps very slow (4.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery life (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF
long zoom range (27-486mm 18.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX78
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ28
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse mode
low battery life (200 shots)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
has built in flash
quite wide (27mm)
very long zoom (486mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX78
Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ28
fairly wide (24mm)
big screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery life (200 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
has manual focus
quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
megapixel count low (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FX78
Vlogging with Panasonic FZ28
fairly wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support
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Panasonic FX78 vs Panasonic FZ28 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Panasonic FZ28
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
Also called Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2011-01-25 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 27-486mm (18.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.5-5.9 f/2.8-4.4
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.5 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1400 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m 8.50 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 @ 30fps, 320 x 240 @ 10fps
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 142 gr (0.31 lb) 417 gr (0.92 lb)
Physical dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 118 x 75 x 89mm (4.6" x 3.0" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 27
DXO Color Depth score not tested 17.9
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 79
Battery life 200 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $210 $599