Panasonic Lumix DMCFX78W 12.1MP Digital Camera, 3.5 inch 16x9 LCD Monitor, Leica DC Vario-Summarit Lens, 1920x1080 Full HD Video, White

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About Panasonic DMC-FX78

The Panasonic DMCFX78W 12.1MP Digital Camera features an elegant body shape and a variety of chic colors. But it's more than just attractive, thanks to a host of advanced functions that capture stunning photos and full HD movies. Stylish enough to look like a fashion accessory, it will preserve precious memories of parties and other events with its incredible image quality as you carry it wherever you go. The DMC-FX78 gives you smooth, free, touch-control shooting. Your subject is instantly brought into auto focus by simply touching the image on the large, 3.5-inch LCD. You can also operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch and the Sonic Speed AF system provides fast, accurate AF performance for an entirely new style of shooting.

The DMC-FX78 is equipped with a 3.5-inch 16:9 LCD with 230,000-dot high-resolution and a wide-viewing angle. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing you and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

According to the rise of movie recording popularity, digital cameras are now more compatible with it. The DMC-FX78 has recording capability of full HD 1,920 x 1,080 movies in AVCHD format despite its slim, stylish body. The AVCHD format features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with conventional Motion JPEG. In addition, a host of options enhance the usability and fun of recording high quality full HD movie. Despite its compact, slim and stylish look, the DMC-FX78 offers versatile ways of recording memories not only in beautiful photo but also in high quality movie with ultimate ease of operation.

The DMC-FX78 features a 5x optical zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-120mm). This gives you highly natural expressions from people and animals that you can't get close to. The 5x optical zoom can be increased its power to 6.5x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 9.8x by using the center part of the large CCD brings subjects even closer.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (4),Easy to use (3)

Panasonic DMC-FX78 Features

  • Touch-control Shooting: The DMC-FX78 gives you smooth, free, touch-control shooting. Your subject is instantly brought into auto focus by simply touching the image on the large, 3.5-inch LCD
  • Touch Shutter (Photo / Movie): You can operate the auto focus and shutter release at the same time with just a touch. This kind of intuitive touch operation lets you easily catch even fast-action sports shots where your subject is on the move
  • Touch AF (Photo / Movie): With the DMC-FX78, auto focus can be set at any part of the frame by simply touching the subject on the LCD. This lets you frame your shot easily and accurately. It's also helpful when you want to single out a subject from among other objects in the frame, to optimize focus
  • Touch Zoom: Full touch-screen operation on the DMC-FX78(FX77) makes zooming even easier. To pull your subject in quickly by zooming to maximum magnification, touch the T button
  • 12/30 Multi Display: The 12/30 Multi Display shows you images in a small thumbnail format. The DMC-FX78 makes it smooth and easy to find the exact shot you want even from a large number of thumbnail images
  • Motion Picture Button: A special, dedicated button on the top lets you instantly start recording movies while shooting photos without having to make any extra settings
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Movie: The iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode is available in motion image recording. The DMC-FX78 features not only the MEGA O.I.S. but also the Touch AF Tracking that lets you select the subject by simply touching it on the screen and track the subject if it moves
  • 5x Optical Zoom in Movie Recording: The DMC-FX78 lets you use a 5x zoom for motion images. The 5x optical zoom can be increased its power to 6.5x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture using digital zoom
  • High Quality Sound: The DMC-FX78 features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful movies with outstanding sound
  • Wind Cut: The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days
  • My Color Mode: You can use the My Color Mode for shooting movies. They render highly unique expressions by matching the colors to your subject and surroundings
  • Scene Mode and Cosmetic Mode for Movie: You are naturally supposed to take the same subject in the same situation when you start recording movie while recording photos
  • Happy Mode: The Happy Mode, a color mode option in the iA Mode, optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make images more vivid and true to the color of the scene you remember
  • Video Divide: You can divide a single video into two parts using only the camera. This is handy for compiling memorable scenes and deleting unwanted scenes to free up space on your memory card while you are traveling
  • Seamless Slideshows with Photos and Movies: The DMC-FX78(FX77) has many slideshow options for both photos and movies. They help you to recollect memorable moments in seamless, chronological order. You can also select and play only photos, only movies, or only AVCHD movies
  • Intelligent ISO Control - Motion Detection: The Intelligent ISO Control function detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions
  • Intelligent Exposure - Light Detection: The Intelligent Exposure instantly analyzes the framed image and adjusts the brightness in areas that are too dark due to dim lighting, backlighting or use of the flash
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) - Shake Detection: The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in the DMC-FX78 compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake
  • Touch AF Tracking - Subject Detection: Once the AF subject is selected by touch control, it continues to track the subject even if it moves until you press the shutter
  • Quick AF: The DMC-FX78 features the Quick AF. Ordinary AF is activated when the shutter button is pressed half-way, while the Quick AF starts operating as soon as the camera is pointed toward a subject
  • Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition: The DMC-FX78 features the Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" faces. The Face Recognition prioritizes focus and exposure right on the face of your special person
  • 3D Image Viewer / VIERA Link: Photos or movies recorded in AVCHD on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to playback your contents
  • Panorama Assist Mode (Photo): This is a handy function for aligning panorama photos using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition. The afterimage of each previous shot is displayed, so you can use it to precisely line up the second and third shots
  • High-speed Burst Mode: The DMC-FX78 lets you choose the Speed Priority or Image Priority. In the Speed Priority Mode, it can fire off up to approximately 10 frames per second with 3-megapixel resolution, which is highly sufficient for photo prints
  • Select from 4 Aspect Ratios Featuring 1:1 Aspect Mode: In addition to 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9, you can now shoot with a 1:1 aspect ratio. This unique square frame adds to your image expression possibilities

Panasonic DMC-FX78 Specifications

7 elements in 6 groups (3 Aspherical Lenses / 5 Aspherical Surfaces)
Optical Image Stabilizer
MEGA O.I.S. (On / Off / Active mode (only for motion picture))
Optical: 5x
Extra Optical: 6.1x (4:3 / 8M), 7.8x (4:3 / 5M), 9.8x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent: 6.5x
Digital: 4x (Max. 20.0x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom), (Max. 39.2x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Length
f = 4.3 - 21.5 mm (24 - 120 mm in 35 mm equiv.) (26 - 130 mm in 35 mm equiv. in movie recording)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto / Movie Recording: Wide 3 cm (0.10 feet) - infinity / Tele 100 cm (3.27 feet) - infinity
Focus Range Display
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area / Spot / Touch Area
AF Assist Lamp
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Image Sensor
1/2.33", 12.5 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
Normal / AF Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF, AF Tracking, Touch AF/AE, Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
Focus Icon Select
Yes (in Face Recognition only)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode (1600 - 6400)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Transform, Self Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic, Cosmetic)
Program AE
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV
Backlight Compensation
Yes (only in Intelligent Auto Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple
One-touch Movie Button
Recording Mode (Mode Button)
Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, 3D Photo, SCN, Cosmetic, My Color
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame
Movie Scene Mode
Portrait, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach, Snow, Aerial, High Sensitivity(Activated by selecting Still Image Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Image Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Shutter Speed
Still: 8 - 1/4,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
F2.5 - 5.9 / Iris Diaphragm (F2.5 - 8 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Auto Review
1 sec / 2 sec / Hold / OFF
Color Mode
My Color Mode (Expressive / Retro / Pure / Monochrome / High Dynamic / Silhouette / Pin Hole / Film Grain) Color Mode (Standard / Natural / Vivid / Black & White / Sepia / Cool / Warm)
Happy (only in iA Mode)
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
3D Image: MPO
Motion Picture: AVCHD / QuickTime Motion JPEG
AVCHD Recording
NTSC / PAL (Depends on region)
Aspect Ratio
4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
Recording Image Size 1
Still Image: 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M), 3,264 x 2,448 (8M EZ), 2,560 x 1,920 (5M EZ), 2,048 x 1,536 (3M EZ), 1,600 x 1,200 (2M EZ), 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
3:2 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,672 (10.5M), 3,264 x 2,176 (7M EZ), 2,560 x 1,712 (4.5M EZ), 2,048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ), 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 4,000 x 2,248 (9M), 3,264 x 1840 (6M EZ), 2,560 x 1,440 (3.5M EZ), 1,920 x 1,080 (2M EZ), 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ)
Recording Image Size 2
1:1 Aspect Ratio: 2,992 x 2,992 (9M), 2,448 x 2,448 (6M EZ), 1,920 x 1920 (3.5M EZ), 1,536 x 1,536 (2.5M EZ), 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality
Fine / Standard (3D Mode: MPO Fine / MPO Standard)
Motion Picture Recording
4:3 Aspect Ratio: VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG), QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
16:9 Aspect Ratio: Full-HD Movie: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, AVCHD (FSH: 17 Mbps): [NTSC Model] 60i, [PAL Model] 50i
HD Movie: 1,280 x 720 pixels, AVCHD (SH: 17 Mbps): [NTSC Model] 60p, [PAL Model] 50p, Motion JPEG: 30 fps
Continuous Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 60 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 65 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 75 min
Actual Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [FSH]: Approx. 35 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [SH]: Approx. 38 min
Motion JPEG with picture quality set to [HD]: Approx. 40 min
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 3.7 frames / sec
Max. 7 images
Hi-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed Priority), Approx. 6 frames / sec (Image Priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)
Approx. 15 - 100 shots
iA Mode Face Recognition
iA Mode Optical Image Stabilizer
Photo & Movie
iA Mode Intelligent ISO Control
iA Mode Face Detection
Photo & Movie
iA Mode Intelligent Scene Selector
Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
iA Mode Intelligent Exposure
Photo & Movie
iA Mode AF Tracking
Photo & Movie
iA Mode Motion Deblur Mode
iA Mode Digital Red-eye Correction
Intelligent Resolution Technology
Photo & Movie
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Macro Zoom
Real-time Histogram
Composition Guide Line
Yes (2 patterns)
Approx. 70 MB
Orientation Detector
Travel Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation
Video Divide
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.9 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 2.5 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
8.8 cm (3.5") TFT Touch Screen LCD Display (230,000 dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High-angle Mode
Touch Panel
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, Category, Favorites), Album Playback, Dual Image Playback, Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Yes / Touch Magnification
Calendar Display / Dual Image Display
Yes / Yes
Set Favorites
Playback Motion Picture
Yes (AVCHD / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode
All / Picture Only / Video Only / 3D / Album / Category / Favorites
BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / Off)
Show Histogram
Delete Image
Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Resize / Cropping
Yes / Yes
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
HDMI Output
Yes (AUTO)
Movie Rec Guide
Wind-cut in Motion Picture
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Yes (Mono)
HDMI (mini HDMI), AV Output (NTSC / PAL), USB2.0 High speed
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
LUMIX Image Uploader
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 680 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Optional)
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
0.005 sec
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
0.3 sec (minimum)
Battery Life (Approx.)
200 images (CIPA Standard)
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, Super LoiLoScope (trial version)
Dimensions (Approx.) (W x H x D)
99.7 x 55.2 x 20.6 mm (3.93 x 2.17x 0.81 inch)
Weight (Approx.)
142 g (0.32 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
126 g (0.28 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card

Panasonic DMC-FX78 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Great camera.


from Fort Lauderdale FL.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Still testing this camera, is great in most caracteristics , just two little things. 1.The selection for different scenes is little complicated, so i recommend use the IA (intelligent adjust), but also you can study the other controls and learn to use them. 2. The sensibility of the touchscreen at least with my finger sometimes is low. The camera instruction itsel recommend to use the pen stylus, but is little weird to carrying it and using it. So patience and learn to use your finger.


I really like this!!


from Tokyo, Japan

I am Japanese, I have its Japanese version "DMC-FX77�, I think the only difference is the language on the display, mine is with Japanese language. I happened to view this website, and I wonder why nobody ever put a comment for such a nice camera, so I think I can write a review for this (Please forgive me for my poor English). The color, its white color is beautiful, I think the color is a bit like ivory with pearl finish. I really like this camera and this model actually has been rated quite high in one of the Japanese evaluation website for many kinds of products or service. I introduce you some evaluations from the website for example. I totally agree with them, and "Beauty Retouch Mode" is also very convenient for the ladies, I think. I think the only problem is a power of the battery as one of them says, so I suggest you to prepare spare battery if you use it for travel, but I think it's no problem for the daily use. A) I take pictures everyday (with a camera), I only use compact digital camera because of the easiness to carry. I bought this "Panasonic" model for the first time feeling it attractive for its wide lens (24mm Ultra-Wide-Angle Leica Lens). The LCD display is also wide and beautiful. The response of touch panel is also good, we can also take a picture by only touching the display if you like, it's very easy because the camera automatically focus on the pint where you touch the display (Touch-control Shooting). The focus is rapid, when taking pictures of my children, it surely chases the moving of them. I am really surprised of its rapidity because I felt the time lug with my previous camera in the same occasion. The movie taken with this camera, I'm content with its picture quality, it is enough for taking pictures with compact digital camera. This is very nice model in the category of compact digital camera, such a light weight, small sized with fine functions and specification. I think the only problem is that it’s a bit difficult to get used to the icons in the beginning, but I think it's no longer the problem once you get used to it. If you really seek the quality of the picture or functions, you probably choose compact system camera with zoom lens, but I don't need such models for taking pictures everyday. I don't understand why those who can't use the functions of those models properly want to have compact system cameras with zoom lens, because this model's performance is amazing though it's a compact digital camera. I am very content with buying this camera, after sometime ago. B) (Design) I think the design is good with the quality of the materials, and the thickness itself is no problem, only the dimension on the catalog became a bit thicker than the similar models of other manufacturers because around the area of its lens is a bit thicker than the rest part of the camera. (Quality of the picture) I think 1.21 mega pixels is enough. As the number of the pixels gets larger, file size increases and it gets more hard to back up the data. I think 1 mega pixel is already fine. (Operation) In case of Panasonic, it's easy to use because the power switch is slide type. The button for taking movies, the button for zooming, they are not icons but mechanical type, it's also good to make it easy. (Battery) It doesn't last long, makes me feel stress. (Size) The thickness 20mm class is good, thinking about the operation holding with hands. (Functions) I think it's fine considering about the easiness of the usage and the quality of the pictures. With its strong performance of trembling reduction system, I don't feel any special problem even when taking pictures in the night. (LCD) The large 3.5-inch LCD enables the operation without stress and convenient when viewing the pictures taken. (Feeling of holding) With its strong performance of trembling reduction system, you don't have to "hold" the camera with intention. (General) Very strong performance of trembling reduction system and easiness of the usage put this camera's evaluation high.


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Fun, stylish, easy to use; nice results


from Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

Slim, stylish and easy to use P&S. Intelligent Auto (iA) mode works great so this is a perfect camera for someone who really wants a true point and shoot to not think about things and get nice snapshots in most settings. I recommend using the settings and features to get even more out of the camera - and there are a lot of them. Things I like about the FX78: •Slim and stylish; easy to slip in a pocket or purse and enjoyable to handle •Great auto (iA - intelligent Auto) •Fast focus, start up and next shot responsiveness •Fun and artistic "my color" settings (pinhole, film grain, high dynamic, silhouette, etc.) •Lots of flexibility to adjust the "regular camera" mode (exposure compensation, focus, face detection, self timer, standard color, vivid color, black and white, sepia, flash on, flash off, flash slow sync, etc.) •Great selection of scene settings to get the most out of photographing things like pets, portraits, night portraits, snow, beach, hand-held night scene, etc. •Easy to use especially if you are familiar with Panasonic cameras. If not, it's worth a read through the manual (on CD only) to get a better understanding of the settings and what icons represent what settings. •Nice image quality for P&S - The images are very nice but keep in mind this is a point and shoot camera with a P&S sensor. I would say you could easily get photos that would print out nicely at 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 that you'd be proud to hang on the wall or put in a photo album. •24mm ultra-wide angle lens •5x optical zoom (with stabilization) •Bright f/2.5 aperture •Nice video - although I haven't played with the HD movie mode much yet but the one quick clip I took was fine. I wasn't too interested in the "beauty touch-up mode" but I tested it out to see how it works and it does well if you use a light touch - meaning that you can apply the beauty settings (whiten teeth, smooth skin, eye shadow) in varying percentages. 10% - 20% was enough for me to offer a pleasing effect for a snapshot. Overall, I'm really having a lot of fun with this camera.

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