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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
31
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
 
Pentax Q front
Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
47
Overall
40

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Key Specs

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 Known as Lumix DMC-FX77
Pentax Q
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 180g - 98 x 57 x 31mm
  • Launched June 2011
  • Renewed by Pentax Q10
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Overview

In this article, we will be evaluating the Panasonic FX78 versus Pentax Q, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by rivals Panasonic and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the FX78 (12MP) and the Q (12MP) is pretty comparable and they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FX78 was released 4 months earlier than the Q so they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FX78 being a Compact camera and the Pentax Q being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a short introduction of how the FX78 scores vs the Q with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Pentax Q

 FX78 Q 
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax Q over the Panasonic FX78

 Q FX78 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Pentax Q

 FX78 Q 
LaunchedJanuary 2011June 2011Same age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera often, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic FX78 has got exterior dimensions of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") and a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) and the Pentax Q has sizing of 98mm x 57mm x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2") with a weight of 180 grams (0.40 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the FX78 vs the Q.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the FX78 and Q is 95 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to visualize the gap in sensor measurements only by checking out specifications. The graphic here will provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX78 and Q.

To sum up, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution so you can expect comparable quality of pictures though you might want to factor the age of the cameras into account.

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FX78
Portrait photography with Pentax Q
21
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
45
manual focus
great flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
Pentax Q as a Street photography camera
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
69
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (180g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax Q as a Sports photography camera
29
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,400s)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (200 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
32
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (230 shots)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FX78
Travel photography with Pentax Q
56
flash built-in
rather wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
57
lighter than competition (180g)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
bad battery life (230 per charge)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Landscape photography factors
Pentax Q Landscape photography factors
36
rather wide (24mm)
big screen (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
51
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (230 per charge)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Vlogging information
Pentax Q Vlogging information
34
rather wide (24mm)
touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
34
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (180g)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone support
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Panasonic FX78 vs Pentax Q Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Pentax Q
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Pentax Q
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Pentax
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Pentax Q
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2011-01-25 2011-06-23
Physical type Compact Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 11 25
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens Pentax Q
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) -
Highest aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focusing distance 5cm -
Available lenses - 8
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.5 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT LCD TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1400 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/2000 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 142 grams (0.31 pounds) 180 grams (0.40 pounds)
Dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 98 x 57 x 31mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 47
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.2
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.1
DXO Low light rating not tested 189
Other
Battery life 200 photographs 230 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
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