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-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L840 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 has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 37.2x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 20 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
3 years newer
$179

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the L840 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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-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-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-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$820

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340
3 years newer
$205

Significant advantages of the L340 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much better wide angle: 4 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 960 shots vs 400 shots

Significant disadvantages of the L340 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the L340 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

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 image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and is newer (july 2011 vs january 2008).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k 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" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm).

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3 years older
$899 (body only)
$619 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less shutter lag: 160 ms vs 280 ms

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XSi (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
4 years older

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XTi (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 XTi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$699 (body only)
$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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$409 - $497 (body only)
$525 - $597 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k 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 D5300 (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 D5300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$355 (body only)
$541 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

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$627 - $797 (body only)
$970 - $1,097 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the D7100 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) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs standard size (119×72×60 mm)) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 12 MP).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
3 years newer
$435 - $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

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/3.4), creates panoramas in-camera, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 190 shots), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9) and has higher quality type of 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 ultra compact (86×54×20 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
4 years newer
$348

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"
  • More zoom: 30x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$298 - $330

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • More zoom: 30x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (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-ZS50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Canon ELPH 530 HS
6 months newer
$214

Significant advantages of the ELPH 530 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Ultra compact (86×54×20 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 530 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly less zoom: 12x vs 24x
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the ELPH 530 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm