As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, 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 Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix P500)

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 significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 39.1x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 23 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).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$480

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 499 g vs 498 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$387

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • 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
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$430

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$199 - $257

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • More zoom: 39.1x vs 24x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 1 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 600 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 493 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$306

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×81×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 539 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 598 ms), significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 60 fps).

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
9 months newer
$400 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much more shutter lag: 598 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the NX1000 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$375 (body only)
$390 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

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

common strengths of the EOS M and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
similar age
$264 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the J1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$376 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the NEX-3N 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 has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (133×100×79 mm)), is slightly lighter (498 g vs 575 g) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$377 (body only)
$499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k 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 D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
10 months newer
$699 (body only)
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (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 T4i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the T4i 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 slightly more zoom (24x vs 16x), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (114×65×25 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

Canon PowerShot SX240 HS
6 months newer
$170

Significant advantages of the SX240 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (106×61×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX240 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX240 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F
2 years newer
$369

Significant advantages of the WB350F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (114×65×25 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.6"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the WB350F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the WB350F and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
6 months older

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Less zoom: 16x vs 24x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
2 years newer
$268 - $303

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (96×55×26 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 137 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found