As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, 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 D3300)

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 slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 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 record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$250

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

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

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$199 - $257

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

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots

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)
  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 498 g

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"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$410

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×81×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 539 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$390

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • 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
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
4 years newer
$493 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 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 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has 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 24 MP), 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$419 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. 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

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$420 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$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)

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

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 Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k 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 T6i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the T6i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$408 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 498 g

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 a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots), significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$399 - $497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 1 J5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$375 - $779 (body only)
$899 15-45mm lens

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

  • Much 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
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots

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 slightly more zoom (24x vs 18x), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 270 shots) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (96×55×26 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 10 fps).

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
5 months older
$270

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×62×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S9100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
2 years newer
$238 - $292

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (96×55×26 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 137 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"