As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX30 IS)

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 30 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 60x), 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) and lacks a built in HDR feature.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$379

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$704

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ150 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$298

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • Significantly larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$365 - $598

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

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Takes 3D photos

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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$490

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
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ35 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer
$273 - $400

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ60 vs the DMC-FZ48

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 image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$380 - $427 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (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 D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$276 - $290 (body only)
$299 - $409 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • 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
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$597 - $656 (body only)
$477 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 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
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$599 (body only)
$200 - $749 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23
  • Significantly larger: Professional size 133x100x79 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

common strengths of the T5i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
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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 20x), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is much larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$329

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 20x vs 24x
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS30 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR
1 year newer
$150

Significant advantages of the F850EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x61x36 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 232 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the F850EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • Worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the F850EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 20x vs 24x
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix F850EXR vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$229 - $399

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 20x vs 24x
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS20 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$210 - $220

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 104x58x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 193 g vs 498 g

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS25 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 20x vs 24x
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
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