Inputs and Outputs Notes
The DMC-FX78 records
images and movies onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or on SD Memory Cards, SDHC,
and SDXC cards. The camera is compatible with
SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC
cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Pictures may be
copied between the memory card and the built-in memory, if desired.
Lens: This camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Its
4.3-21.5mm focal length is
equivalent to 24mm to 120mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance is
1.64' to infinity (Wide), 3.28' to infinity (Tele), and as close as 1.2" in the Macro mode.
Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 24-120mm focal length of
the lens gives it an optical zoom of 5x. The camera's
extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 9.8x, when the
picture size is 3M or less. In addition, the digital zoom
extends the focal length by another 4x.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/2.33" CCD image sensor with approximately
12.5-million total pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels.
Image Recording Format:
The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect
ratios. The camera can also record HD movies in AVCHD (16:9) and HD and SD movies in QuickTime Motion JPEG in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and
|4:3 Aspect Ratio
||3:2 Aspect Ratio
||16:9 Aspect Ratio
||1:1 Aspect Ratio
|4000 x 3000 (12M)
||4000 x 2672 (10.5M)
||4000 x 2248 (9M)
||2992 x 2992 (9M)
|3264 x 2448 (8M)
||3264 x 2176 (7M)
||3264 x 1840 (6M)
||2448 x 2448 (6M)
|2560 x 1920 (5M)
||2560 x 1712 (4.5M)
||2560 x 1440 (3.5M)
||1920 x 1920 (3.5M)
|2048 x 1536 (3M)
||2048 x 1360 (2.5M)
||1920 x 1080 (2M)
||1536 x 1536 (2.5M)
|1600 x 1200 (2M)
||640 x 424 (0.3M)
||640 x 360 (0.2M)
||480 x 480 (0.2M)
|640 x 480 (0.3M)
|FSH: 1920 x 1080 @ 60i
||HD: 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps (16:9)
|SH: 1280 x 720 @ 60p
||VGA: 640 x 480 @ 30 fps (4:3)
||QVGA: 320 x 240 @ 30 fps (4:3)
Mega Optical Image Stabilizer:
Mega O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement
that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. The
built-in Venus Engine FHD controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens for
higher accuracy and correction effect. Mega O.I.S can be turned on or off
manually, or is set to On in certain shooting modes.
Battery: The FX78 is powered by the DMW-BCK7PP rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
(3.6 volts/680 mAh). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 100 minutes of
recording time, or about 200 images. Playback time
using the LCD monitor is approximately 300 minutes. The battery takes
approximately 150 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A91B battery
Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the
camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5PP AC
adapter, along with the DMW-DCC10 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot
be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if
you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or
playing back photos in a slide show.
LCD Touch Panel Monitor: The DMC-FX78 has a 3.5" TFT Smart
Touch LCD color monitor
featuring approximately 230,000 dots. It has approximately 100% field of view.
Flash: The FX78 has a built-in flash with a range of
approximately 1.97' to 19.4' in Wide Angle, and 3.28' to 8.2' in Telephoto. Available flash modes
- Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording
conditions make it necessary.
- Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main
flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
- Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of
the recording conditions.
- Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every
time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Slows the shutter speed
when the flash is activated to illuminate dark background landscape; also
pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
- Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the
menu, the FX78 allows
you to choose from the following shooting modes:
- Normal: The camera allows you to make your own settings
for zoom, flash, picture brightness, close-ups, or coloring.
- Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made
automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the
following: i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Macro, i-Night Portrait, i-Night Scenery,
iBaby, or i-Sunset.
- Scene Mode: allows you to select from different scene modes
using the menu. Available Scene Modes include:
- Portrait: allows you
to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust
the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject
- Transform: changes the appearance of the subject to
improve skin appearance
- Self Portrait: setting for taking pictures of yourself
- Scenery: allows you to
take a picture of a wide landscape
- Panorama Assist: You can take pictures with
connections suitable for creating panorama images
- Sports: allows you to take pictures of a fast
moving subject or sports scenes
- Night Portrait: The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by
using the flash and the slow shutter speed; use of a tripod recommended
- Night Scenery: for taking vivid pictures of a landscape
at night; use of a tripod recommended
- Handheld Night Shot: allows you to record multiple
pictures of night scenes at high speed, which are combined to make a
- Food: for taking pictures of food with a natural hue without
being affected by the ambient light in restaurants, etc.
- Party: allows you to
take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a
banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly. The shutter speed or the exposure is
automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.
- Candlelight: brings out the atmosphere of a candlelit
- Baby1/Baby2: two selectable settings for taking pictures of a
baby; you can use text stamp to show baby's name, birthday, or age
- Pet: for photographing your pet; you can use text stamp
to show pet's name or age
- Sunset: for taking pictures of a sunset (red colors
- High Sensitivity: prevents blurring of subject in dark,
- Hi-speed Burst: takes pictures of rapid movement or a
decisive moment. Burst speed can be set to approximately 6 pictures per second
(image priority) or 10 pictures per second (speed priority). Between
15 and 100 total pictures are recordable.
- Flash Burst: enables continuous recording in dim
locations. Picture size is set to 3M (4:3), 2.5M (3:2) 2M (16:9), or
maximum number of pictures: 5.
- Starry Sky: takes clear pictures of starry skies or
dark subjects (shutter speed can be set to 15, 30, or 60 seconds)
- Fireworks: takes clear pictures of fireworks in the
- Beach: optimal for taking pictures at the beach
- Snow: brings out the natural color of snow in ski
slope and mountain scenes
- Aerial Photo: takes pictures of the view from aircraft
- Photo Frame: superimposes a frame over the image
- 3D Photo Mode: allows you to take a 3D picture
- Cosmetic Mode: pictures are taken while setting the
texture or clearness of the skin; settings include Soft Skin, Natural Skin,
or Summer Look
- My Color Mode: you can take pictures with a desired
effect by previewing the subject on the screen; settings include Expressive,
Retro, Pure, Monochrome, High Dynamic, Silhouette, Pin Hole, or Film Grain.
- Motion Picture Mode: for taking motion pictures in HD
3D Photos: Pictures are recorded continuously while moving
the camera horizontally, and two pictures are selected automatically to be
combined into a single 3D picture. To play back the 3D picture, you can
connect the camera via HDMI or insert the SD card containing the 3D image into
the TV's SD card slot. A television that supports 3D is required.
Beauty Retouch: You can optimize the color and tone of skin
and change the impression of the face using the Beauty Retouch function. You can
select from the following effects:
- Aesthetic Retouch: Clear Skin, Shine Removal, Whitening, Lift Up,
and Eye Emphasis
- Make Up Retouch: Foundation, Lip Color, Cheek Color, and Eye
Art Retouch: You can change the saturation or brightness of
recorded pictures, and create impressive pictures using the Art Retouch
function. Saturation and brightness can be changed in + or - 6 steps.
Self Timer: The self timer is
useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still
images. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds.
Exposure Compensation: If you
are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to
correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set
the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.
Burst Mode: Pictures are taken continuously while the
shutter button is pressed. In Normal Burst mode, approximately 3.7 pictures per
second are taken, up to 7 pictures.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance modes:
- Auto: automatically
adjusts the white balance
- Outdoor, Clear Sky: for recording
outdoors on a bright day
- Outdoor, Cloudy Sky: for recording
outdoors under a cloudy sky
- Outdoor, Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
- Incandescent: for recording
under incandescent lighting
- Set Manually: sets the white balance manually on a
Note: The White Balance can be finely adjusted toward
red or blue when the preset White Balance does not produce the desired hue.
ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the
ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark
places. In the Intelligent ISO setting,
the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, in a range up to
400, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness.
Intelligent ISO sets the optimum ISO and shutter speed according to the movement
of the subject and brightness of the scene to minimize the jitter of the
In the Preset ISO mode, you can select 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600.
Color Modes: You can use these modes to make your pictures
softer or sharper, or change the colors for a special effect. Some color modes
are only available when shooting in the Intelligent Auto Mode or Normal Picture
Mode. Available color modes include standard, happy, natural, vivid, B/W, sepia,
cool, and warm.
Auto Focus Mode:
You can choose one of the following AF modes:
- Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face,
adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion
of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
- AF Tracking: Focus can be adjusted to a specified subject, and follow
the subject even if it moves.
- 23-area Focusing: Up to 23 points for each AF area can
be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the
- 1-area Focusing: Camera
focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and
size of AF area can be changed.
- Spot Focusing: The camera focuses on a limited narrow
area in the screen.
Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at
a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.
Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording
date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with
the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.
Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion.
You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You
can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.
Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or
enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move
the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.
Auto Review: After an image
is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds
for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1
second, 2 seconds, or Hold.
This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in
cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once
an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image. You can set up
to 50 pictures to be resized at one time.
Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary
parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.
Auto Power Off: The camera is
automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of
time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10
Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge
compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints,
regardless of brand.
LUMIX Image Uploader: You can set up pictures and videos to
be uploaded to image sharing sites, such as Facebook (photos only) and YouTube
(videos only). Once you have selected the pictures or videos, the built-in LUMIX
Image Uploader will automatically upload your files. This can be performed when
connecting the camera to your PC, or by copying the upload tool to the memory
card and inserting the card into your PC.
Mini HDMI: The FX78 is equipped with a mini HDMI (Type C)
output for connecting the camera to an HDMI-compatible HDTV. A HDMI mini cable will be needed. The mini-HDMI cable will carry both high
definition video and audio to the TV. When the camera is connected to a VIERA
Link-equipped Panasonic HDTV via HDMI, you can control the camera's playback
functions using the TV's remote control.
This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer or a
printer using the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or
other A/V device using the supplied audio/video cable.
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7):
software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the
acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and
Operating Environment for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 HD Lite Edition:
- PC: IBM PC/AT compatible having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or
higher (XP), Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (Vista), Intel Pentium
III 1 GHz or higher (Win 7)
- For Short Movie Story Creating Function: Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6
GHz or higher; Video Memory: 256 MB or more
- For AVCHD/AVCHD Lite Motion Picture Function:
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz / Pentium D 3.2 GHz or higher when playing
back the motion picture
- Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher when editing the motion picture
- Minimum Environment for AVCHD/AVCHD Lite: Intel Pentium III 1 GHz
- Windows XP (32-bit): Professional or Home Editions (SP2/SP3)
- Windows Vista (32-bit): Home Basic (SP1/SP2), Home Premium (SP1/SP2),
Business (SP1/SP2), Ultimate (SP1/SP2)
- Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional,
- Display: High color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more
recommended). Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1280 x 1024
pixels or more recommended)
- Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0c for XP, DirectX 10 for
Vista or Win 7; DirectDraw Overlay support PCI Express x 16 is
recommended. Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended. Direct 3D
- RAM: 512 MB or more if using
Windows XP or Vista, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) or more for Windows 7
- Free Hard Disk Space: Ultra DMA-100 or higher;
450MB or more for installing software
- Necessary Software:
- DirectX 9.0c for XP; DirectX 10 for Vista and Windows 7
- .NET framework 4.0
- SQL Server Compact 3.5
- Internet Explorer 6.0 or more
- QuickTime Player 7.6.5 or more
- Other Requirements: CD-ROM drive (required for
installation), Compatible drive and media required for DVD writing,
Windows-compatible sound device, USB Port, Mouse or other pointing
Super LoiLoScope (30 day full trial version): Super
LoiLoScope is a video editing software that draws out the full power of your PC.
You can use your music, picture and video files to create videos to share with
your friends and family by burning it to a DVD, uploading it to websites, or
simply share with your friends via email. Note: This will only
install a shortcut to the trial version download site.
Operating Environment for Super LoiLoScope:
- OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3 or
- SD Videos: Intel ATOM 1.6 GHz or better, Intel
Pentium 4 2 GHz or better
- HD Quality Videos: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or
- SD Videos: Graphics card compatible with PixelShader 2.0 or
later; NVIDIA GeForce 6000 series or better; ATI Radeon 9600 or better;
Intel 945 or better
- HD Quality Videos: Graphics card that support H.264
decoder; NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or better (excluding
8800GTX, 8300); ATI Radeon HD2000 series or later (excluding 2900);
Intel G45 or better
- RAM: 1 GB or more for SD Videos; 2 GB or more for HD
- Free Hard Disk Space: 1 GB or more for installing software
- Drive: A compatible drive and media are required for CD/DVD
- Sound: Windows-compatible sound device (Windows Vista or Windows
7 or higher is compatible with 5.1ch audio playback)
- Interface: USB port (Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)); various memory cards
and readout devices, IEEE 1394 terminal
- Other Requirements: Mouse or equivalent pointing
device; Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5sp1 must be installed on your PC.
QuickTime (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to
playback still pictures with audio and motion pictures (QuickTime Motion JPEG
format) recorded on a digital camera.
- Included as standard in Macintosh OSs.
- For Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000, download "QuickTime 6.5.2 for Windows" from
the Apple website (URL included in manual) and install
- Purchase Apple QuickTime Pro recommended for editing movies created with
USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:
- Windows Millennium Edition
- Windows 2000 Professional
- Windows XP Home Edition, Professional
- Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate
- Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
- Mac OS 9.2.2
- Mac OS X (10.1 to 10.6)
Estimated Still Image Capacity: The number of recordable pictures:
4000 x 3000
2560 x 1920
640 x 480
Estimated Moving Image Capacity: The available recording
1920 x 1080
||2 hrs 4 min
1280 x 720
||2 hrs 4 min
1280 x 720
||8 min 10 sec
||16 min 20 sec
||1 hr 7 min
640 x 480
||21 min 30 sec
||43 min 00 sec
||2 hrs 56 min
320 x 240
|2 min 30 sec
||1 hr 2 min
||2 hrs 4 min
||8 hrs 28 min