Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
 
Samsung SH100 front
Portability
99
Imaging
38
Features
25
Overall
32

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 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
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
Samsung SH100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 0 - 0
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F) lens
  • n/ag - 93 x 54 x 19mm
  • Released January 2011
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Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Ultracompact by brands Panasonic and Samsung. The resolution of the FX78 (12MP) and the SH100 (14MP) is fairly well matched and they use the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FX78 was released about the same time to the SH100 and they are of a similar generation. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FX78 being a Compact camera and the Samsung SH100 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a brief view of how the FX78 scores vs the SH100 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Samsung SH100

 FX78 SH100 
Display sizing3.5"3"Larger display (+0.5")

Reasons to pick Samsung SH100 over the Panasonic FX78

 SH100 FX78 

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Samsung SH100

 FX78 SH100 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2011Similar generation
Manually focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX78 features outside measurements of 100mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs) whilst the Samsung SH100 has dimensions of 93mm x 54mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7") with a weight of n/a grams (0.00 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Following is the front view scale comparison of the FX78 compared to the SH100.

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FX78 and SH100 is 95 and 99 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is difficult to visualise the difference between sensor sizes purely by looking at a spec sheet. The image underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the FX78 and SH100.

Clearly, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same resolution. You should anticipate the Samsung SH100 to resolve more detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a little more aggressively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography features
Samsung SH100 Portrait photography features
22
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
29
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
Samsung SH100 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
50
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
low max ISO (0)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FX78
Sports photography with Samsung SH100
29
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,400 seconds)
max fps low (4.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF
27
good megapixels (14MP)
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Travel photography info
Samsung SH100 Travel photography info
56
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (200 per charge)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
71
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
very good maximum aperture (f)
no Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung SH100 as a Landscape photography camera
36
reasonably wide (24mm)
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
no manual control
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
bad battery life (200 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
37
very good maximum aperture (f)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
good megapixels (14MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
low max ISO (0)
has no RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Vlogging highlights
Samsung SH100 Vlogging highlights
34
reasonably wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.5)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external mic socket
33
very good maximum aperture (f)
touchscreen enabled
has microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Panasonic FX78 vs Samsung SH100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Samsung SH100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Samsung SH100
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Samsung
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Samsung SH100
Alternate name Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2011-01-25 2011-01-04
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip 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 surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4230 x 3240
Max native ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 -
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) ()
Largest aperture f/2.5-5.9 -
Macro focus range 5cm -
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/1400s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.60 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 142g (0.31 pounds) -
Dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 93 x 54 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 photographs -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal -
Storage slots Single Single
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