As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ70) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the Coolpix L830)

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.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 9 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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$337 - $606

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$248 - $298

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

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

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

  • Significantly larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$225

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

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

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$616

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$314

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$963

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
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs mid size 109x65x42 mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$589

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger sensor: 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$348 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots RAW
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S120 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
2 years newer
$499 - $547

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the P7800 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • 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 a much larger screen (3.0" vs 1.8"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$290 (body only)
$379 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (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 D3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $289.95 vs $469.99
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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6 years older
$740 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XT and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$429 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • 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
  • Inexpensive: $429.00 vs $469.99
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 498 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 20x), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$350

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$260

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 110x64x34 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 24x

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

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 24x
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera panoramas

Samsung WB250F

Samsung WB250F
1 year newer
$165

Significant advantages of the WB250F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 107x62x22 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the WB250F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Less zoom: 18x vs 24x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the WB250F and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
5 months older
$273

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS8 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x58x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 210 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS8 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly less zoom: 16x vs 24x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-ZS8 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix S8200

Nikon Coolpix S8200
similar age
$340

Significant advantages of the S8200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 104x59x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 961k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S8200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly less zoom: 14x vs 24x
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S8200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • In-camera panoramas