LCD and Viewfinder
Panasonic FX78 has a Fixed Type 3.5″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. The 3.5″ screen is larger than average but230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
FX78 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (Compare) or Fujifilm FinePix S8100fd (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Panasonic FX78 can shoot continuously at max speed of 4 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/1400 sec.
Unfortunately FX78 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Panasonic FX78 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 11 points to choose from.
With Panasonic FX78, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Panasonic FX78 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
FX78 has a built-in Stereo microphone but no speaker.
Panasonic FX78 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or Samsung SH100 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect FX78 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Panasonic FX78 is powered by a proprietary battery which provides a shooting life of 200 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, Panasonic FX78 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend FX78 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Panasonic FX78 vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Panasonic FX78 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Panasonic FX78 is $209.99