As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix L810)

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 significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 39.1x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$350

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×97×118 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$999

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

  • None found

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$319

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$449

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 539 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • More zoom: 39.1x vs 24x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better wide angle: 23 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 1 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$820

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 528 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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 image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and is newer (july 2011 vs march 2009).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
2 years older
$654 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the T1i and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 520 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$620 - $647 (body only)
$747 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 420 g vs 498 g

Olympus E-410

Olympus E-410
4 years older

Significant advantages of the E-410 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-410 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the E-410 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Standard size (130×91×53 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 435 g vs 498 g
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$650 - $697 (body only)
$997 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 3.8x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, is newer (july 2011 vs july 2010) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs mid size (110×66×43 mm)) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon Coolpix P7000

Nikon Coolpix P7000
10 months older
$374

Significant advantages of the P7000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the P7000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (110×66×43 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 742 ms), slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly 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 has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
8 months newer
$309 (body only)
$380 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-GF5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$397 - $979 (body only)
$1,099 15-45mm lens

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

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

common strengths of the EOS M and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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/3.2), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (3" vs 4.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (133×71×19 mm)).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Samsung WB150F

Samsung WB150F
5 months newer
$250

Significant advantages of the WB150F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×60×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 188 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the WB150F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the WB150F and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the Camera 2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (133×71×19 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the Camera 2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Camera 2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35
2 years newer
$140

Significant advantages of the ZS35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 240 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the ZS35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Many focus points: 21 vs 23

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$249 - $333

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital