As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the D3100)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), 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 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$257 - $297

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$226

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 (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

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$298 - $309

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$500

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

  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
1 year newer
$360

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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/3.3), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm), 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 4 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (108×60×32 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 124 fps) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS
4 years newer
$279

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (97×57×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX620 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the PowerShot SX620 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
3 years newer
$293 - $299

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (113×66×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX710 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS
1 year newer
$250

Significant advantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 124 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×64×42 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the SH-50 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SH-50 iHS and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/3 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS45
3 years newer
$169 - $199

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (108×60×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS45 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the DMC-ZS45 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V

Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V
2 years newer
$300

Significant advantages of the HX60V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the HX60V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the HX60V and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$315 - $319

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

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

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DMC-FZ48

  • 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 significantly larger screen (3" 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 takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 14.2 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$359 (body only)
$529 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$400 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much less shutter lag: 164 ms vs 280 ms
  • Shoots RAW

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"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the Rebel XS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 498 g

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$355 - $399 (body only)
$434 - $534 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the SL1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 498 g