Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78
Released March, 2011
The Pros:Capable of recording video in full 1080p high definition with stereo sound. Optical image stabilization - also works during video recording to reduce noticeable hand movement. Easy to use streamlined touchscreen interface.
The Cons:Fairly unattractive, uninspired aesthetic. Poor 230k dot display resolution - especially for the size of the display and the user's reliance on it as the cameras control interface. Only 4 external button controls - really annoying for purists, those used to having buttons on cameras, really only slows down interaction with the camera.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 (aka DMC-FX77 in other parts of the world) is a 3D-compliant, point-and-shoot digital camera released in early 2011 as an upgrade from the non-3D DMC-FX75 (2010). It adds 3D functionality, in that it can create a 3D image by taking 30 consecutive shots and then combining the best two into an MPO-format file.
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Featured is a 24mm ultra-wide angle, 5x optical zoom lens; a 12.1MP MOS sensor; and an intelligent 3.5” touchscreen that supports Touch Zooming, Touch AF, Touch Shutter, and Touch Playback. Another noticeable upgrade is the video quality, which goes from 720p to full 1080p high-definition. Additional features include photo/video tagging for upload, support for high-speed continuous shooting, and a batch of intelligent ‘Retouch’ functions.
- 12.1MP MOS Sensor
- 5x LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMARIT
- 24mm Ultra-Wide Angle
- Full HD JPEG Still Image
- Full HD MPO 3D Image
- Full HD AVCHD Videos
- 3.5" TFT Touchscreen LCD Display
- Touch Zoom
- Touch Auto Focus
- Touch Shutter
- Touch Playback
- 6400 ISO
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Expansion
- AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
- USB 2.0
- Stereo Microphone
- Monaural Speaker
- Li-Ion Battery Pack
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-K | Blue
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-S | Silver
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-A | Blue
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-N | Gold
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-P | Pink
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78-W | White
User Reviews (1)
capable of recording video in full 1080p high definition with stereo sound
optical image stabilization - also works during video recording to reduce noticeable hand movement
easy to use streamlined touchscreen interface
simply touch your subject on the display to have the camera remain focused on them, even as they move around
innovative 3D mode - uses the same sensor to take 20 shots as you pan side-to-side, selects the best 2 to create a 3D image
HDMI output - capable of direct playback of recorded images and video onto a compatible display / HDTV
records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash memory
fairly unattractive, uninspired aesthetic
poor 230k dot display resolution - especially for the size of the display and the user's reliance on it as the cameras control interface
only 4 external button controls - really annoying for purists, those used to having buttons on cameras, really only slows down interaction with the camera
menu items rely on icons with no text captions - infuriating to use for people who don't have experience / knowledge of the interface
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