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-FZ50) and Canon (such as the Powershot SX40 and the PowerShot SX50 HS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs professional size 123x92x108 mm), creates panoramas in-camera and has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 440 ms).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 35x), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 9 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$387

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
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ40 vs the DMC-FZ48

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
similar age
$315 - $405

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the Canon Powershot SX40 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
5 years older
$548

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.0" vs 3.0"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ50 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$704

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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 - $319

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 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • 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
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ70 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer
$273 - $385

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)

  • Shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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 takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (body only)
$427 - $480 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
  • Inexpensive: $278.29 vs $419.62
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$319 - $567 (body only)
$389 - $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

  • Inexpensive: $319.00 vs $419.62
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$385 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $556 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $384.95 vs $419.62
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$400 - $419 (body only)
$399 - $580 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
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $419.62
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), significantly 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, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$299 - $300

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 112x65x34 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX700 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$320 - $399

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS20 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48