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Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V front
Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
46
Overall
43

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V 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
  • Revealed January 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FX77
Sony HX10V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-400mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 234g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Announced February 2012
  • Updated by Sony HX20V
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Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Overview

Let's examine more in depth at the Panasonic FX78 versus Sony HX10V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by companies Panasonic and Sony. There exists a huge gap among the resolutions of the FX78 (12MP) and HX10V (18MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FX78 was brought out 13 months before the HX10V which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the FX78 scores against the HX10V in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX78 over the Sony HX10V

 FX78 HX10V 
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony HX10V over the Panasonic FX78

 HX10V FX78 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012January 2011Fresher by 13 months
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX78 and Sony HX10V

 FX78 HX10V 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Physical Comparison

In case you're going to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FX78 comes with outer dimensions 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 Sony HX10V has measurements of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic FX78 versus Sony HX10V in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are working with at the time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the FX78 and the HX10V.

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FX78 and HX10V is 95 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is hard to envision the difference in sensor sizing merely by looking through technical specs. The graphic underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX78 and HX10V.

As you have seen, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Sony HX10V to render extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older FX78 will be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Portrait photography info
Sony HX10V Portrait photography info
21
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
38
good resolution (18MP)
provides face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Street photography camera
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (234 grams)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Sports photography camera
28
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,400s)
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (200 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
49
great zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Travel photography features
Sony HX10V Travel photography features
56
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery pack (200 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
69
lighter than competition (234 grams)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great reach (400mm)
no Timelapse function
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX78 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Landscape photography camera
36
really wide (24mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
terrible battery pack (200 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
45
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX78 Vlogging features
Sony HX10V Vlogging features
33
really wide (24mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no microphone port
34
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (234 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
no external microphone support
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Panasonic FX78 vs Sony HX10V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX78 and Sony HX10V
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
General Information
Brand Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Also called Lumix DMC-FX77 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-01-25 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine FHD BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 24-400mm (16.7x)
Maximal aperture f/2.5-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3.5" 3"
Display resolution 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1400 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 4.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 142 gr (0.31 lb) 234 gr (0.52 lb)
Dimensions 100 x 55 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") 105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 320 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Cost at launch $210 $616