As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500 and the Coolpix L340)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$298 - $312

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

  • 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
$849

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

  • Light weight: 499 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$274 - $298

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 (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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62
1 year newer

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)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ62 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 493 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
4 years newer
$455 - $498

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

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

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

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

  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
3 years newer
$530 (body only)
$578 - $598 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-G7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
3 months newer
$250 (body only)
$260 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-GX1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
8 months newer
$322 (body only)
$380 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-GF5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Supports 24p
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Each has a built-in flash

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 larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots), has significantly more focus points (23 vs 9) and slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs super compact (93×52×23 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830
2 years newer
$108 - $119

Significant advantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 122 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W830 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly less zoom: 8x vs 24x
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DSC-W830 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
6 months newer
$188

Significant advantages of the SX240 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (106×61×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX240 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the SX240 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
7 months newer
$365

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×62×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 23
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

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" 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 has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly 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" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.7x15.5mm).

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
4 years older
$899 (body only)
$995 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (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 D40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$699 18-55mm lens

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

  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • 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 a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (100×58×31 mm)).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
3 years newer
$400 - $499

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the S90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (100×58×31 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the S90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S90 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash