The FX78 brings a fast f/2.5 lens and a large 3.5-inch touchscreen together in a sleek and compact package.
The large 16:9 touchscreen allows for touch shutter, touch AF and touch zoom operation. A 24mm wide angle lens has a 5x optical zoom range and a fairly wide f/2.5 maximum aperture. The 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor offers full 1080 HD video recording.
Also included is a new 3D mode. It will capture 20 images at high speed and then select two to automatically combine into one 3D image. A 3D HDTV is necessary to view images to full effect.
The FX78 follows the Lumix FX75, a compact point-and-shoot introduced with an f/2.2 lens and a 3.0-inch touchscreen. We gave the FX75 a positive review, noting average low-light performance and a slow maximum aperture at telephoto. For this iteration, Panasonic does away with the physical buttons on the back panel and puts almost all camera controls in the FX78's touch-operated menus.
Pricing and availability
The Pansonic Lumix DMC-FX78 will be available in March 2011 in either black, gold or white. No pricing is announced at this time, but it will be released 30 days before the camera becomes available.