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-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35) and Nikon (such as the D3100 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 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 125x87x110 mm), creates panoramas in-camera and has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 440 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks a built in HDR feature, doesn't take 3D photos and doesn't shoot RAW.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$363 - $518

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

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

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

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
  • 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$280 - $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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ70 vs the DMC-FZ48

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$395 - $400

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

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

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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ100 vs the 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

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 slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$273 (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: $272.84 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 (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

  • 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3300 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3 years older
$695 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 524 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380

Sony Alpha DSLR-A380
2 years older
$1,013 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A380 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A380 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the DSLR-A380 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 128x97x71 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 519 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A380 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT-A37
9 months newer
$430 - $479 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT-A37 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SLT-A37 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3.0"
  • Larger: Prosumer size 124x92x85 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SLT-A37 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 506 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Sony SLT-A37 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/3.5), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 200 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is much larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 109x62x31 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300
6 months newer
$230

Significant advantages of the S9300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 109x62x31 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the S9300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Less zoom: 18x vs 24x
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the S9300 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9300 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Nikon Coolpix S9100
5 months older
$265

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x62x35 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Less zoom: 18x vs 24x
  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the S9100 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$310 - $399

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

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

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

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

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
2 years newer
$297

Significant advantages of the S9700 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 109x63x34 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the S9700 (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 S9700 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 24x
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9700 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48