As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams 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 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 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
$399

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
$544

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-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62
1 year newer
$402

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ62 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$298 - $345

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly 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
  • 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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$350 - $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-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$320 - $360

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • 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

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 2.7"), has better 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 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$309 - $527 (body only)
$389 - $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

  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
3 years older
$950 75-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A350 (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-A350 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$240 - $280 (body only)
$385 - $410 18-55mm lens

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$499 - $648 (body only)
$550 - $620 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the T3i 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), creates panoramas in-camera, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots) and is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 100x59x29 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

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
2 years newer
$326 - $399

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 100x59x29 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

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

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

common strengths of the S120 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/3.5), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 11 fps).

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$200 - $240

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 104x58x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS25 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$300

Significant advantages of the ZS20 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ZS20 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F770 EXR
5 months newer
$212

Significant advantages of the F770 EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x63x36 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Significant disadvantages of the F770 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 F770 EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$299 - $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)

  • 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