As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel SL1 and the PowerShot SX50 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera and has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 335 ms).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 50x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 9 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$449 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
1 year newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$551

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ35 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$387

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ40 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$298 - $330

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ70 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ70 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$704

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ150 vs the DMC-FZ48

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$499 - $500 (body only)
$599 - $650 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the SL1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$352 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $797 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
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Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (body only)
$375 - $427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$600 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 742 ms) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$311 - $400 22mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more shutter lag: 742 ms vs 280 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the EOS M and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon EOS M vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GH1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the DMC-GH1 vs the DMC-FZ48

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs mid size 108x64x38 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 320 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built in HDR feature.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$348

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
2 years newer
$149 - $150

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 108x71x44 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 251 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX170 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
6 months older
$165 - $233

Significant advantages of the F550 EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 104x63x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Records high-speed movies: 320 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the F550 EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the F550 EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
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