As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams, 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-FZ200) and Fujifilm (such as the X30 and the FinePix x20)

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"), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs large (130×97×118 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-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$450

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

  • 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
$362 - $398

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

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$220 - $228

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 (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

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • 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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$350

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly 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), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs mid size (111×68×46 mm)).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
3 years newer
$411 - $600

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
  • Larger sensor: 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm

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

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$518

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the x20 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$328

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots RAW
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 mm)) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO).

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$325 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$561 - $747 (body only)
$689 - $847 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 420 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$263 (body only)
$358 18-55mm lens

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$979 - $1,197 (body only)
$1,235 - $1,497 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (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 D7200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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/3.7), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 360 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots) and significantly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (104×59×33 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 7 fps).

Samsung WB35F

Samsung WB35F
2 years newer
$75 - $110

Significant advantages of the WB35F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (101×61×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 144 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the WB35F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the WB35F and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/3.1 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Fujifilm FinePix F305EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F305EXR
1 year older

Significant advantages of the F305EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (104×59×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the F305EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the F305EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
3 years newer
$249 - $297

Significant advantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (112×66×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix S9900 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the Coolpix S9900 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$257

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Worse macro capability: 3.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • 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

Samsung WB150F

Samsung WB150F
5 months newer
$190

Significant advantages of the WB150F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (107×60×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 188 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the WB150F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the WB150F and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas