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-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D5200)

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, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 335 ms) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it 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), lacks a built in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$618

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 118x76x89 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$342

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$344 - $598

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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
$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-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer
$407

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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 720p @ 24fps), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k 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" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$302 - $527 (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: $301.99 vs $469.99
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$547 (body only)
$499 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (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 D5200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years older
$705 (body only)
$902 55-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the D90 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$393 (body only)
$429 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g
  • Inexpensive: $393.39 vs $469.99

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the D3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Inexpensive: $367.39 vs $469.99
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 498 g

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 330 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), 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 compact 108x62x33 mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$345 - $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

Fujifilm XF1

Fujifilm XF1
1 year newer
$152

Significant advantages of the XF1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly larger sensor: 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

Significant disadvantages of the XF1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the XF1 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
10 months older
$979

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 380 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the G12 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

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), slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm).

Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3
similar age
$212 (body only)
$571 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the C3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 430 ms vs 280 ms
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the C3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens

Olympus PEN E-PL5

Olympus PEN E-PL5
1 year newer
$456 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the PEN E-PL5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the PEN E-PL5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the PEN E-PL5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

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), significantly 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, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x58x33 mm), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 10 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$297 - $368

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)

  • Significantly 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

Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the ZS15 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x58x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the ZS15 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS15 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds