As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams, mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and pro DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L810 and the D3200)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)), creates panoramas in-camera, has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 440 ms) and is newer (july 2011 vs july 2010).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$220 - $248

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)
  • Significantly 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$322 - $398

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$499

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

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" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly larger: Large (141×86×142 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$1,015

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)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has much more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm) and is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (112×58×25 mm)).

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
similar age
$330

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (99×60×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the S100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Ricoh Caplio GX200

Ricoh Caplio GX200
3 years older
$555

Significant advantages of the GX200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (112×58×25 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Shoots RAW
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the GX200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 24x
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the GX200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 180 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, has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 742 ms) and much 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 20.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$240 (body only)
$315 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 742 ms vs 280 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the EOS M and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
2 years newer

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

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

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

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

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1
1 year newer
$349 - $499 (body only)
$560 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-M1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the X-M1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the X-M1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash

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 1.8"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$289 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (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 D3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $289.00 vs $469.99

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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6 years older
$740 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XT and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (127×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro 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 has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 6.5 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$724 (body only)
$929 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the 60D and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $724.00 vs $469.99
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
3 years older
$700 (body only)
$1,670 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the 40D and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $700.00 vs $469.99
  • Each has a built-in flash