As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ35 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX50 HS and the PowerShot SX510 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 125x87x110 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 50x), doesn't record movies in 24p, 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-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$616

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-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-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

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
1 year newer
$399 - $400

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the PowerShot SX50 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
3 years older
$959

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ28 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

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 better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none) and is newer (july, 2011 vs august, 2010).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$319 (body only)
$389 - $506 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 D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$285 (body only)
$427 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: $284.99 vs $419.62
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$747 (body only)
$650 - $847 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (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 resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D5300 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A100 (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-A100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the DSLR-A100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 133x95x71 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 423 ms), is newer (july, 2011 vs march, 2010) and is significantly less expensive ($419.62 vs $1,499.00).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs four thirds 18.0x13.5mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
10 months older
$1,499 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the DMC-GH2 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
1 year older
$899 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 423 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the DMC-G2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the DMC-G2 vs the 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/3.4), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs mid size 112x65x34 mm), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
4 months older
$367

Significant advantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 106x69x40 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SZ-30MR and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Olympus SZ-30MR vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$299 - $350

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

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700
2 years newer
$297

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

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

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

common strengths of the S9700 and DMC-FZ48

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

Panasonic Lumix ZS40

Panasonic Lumix ZS40
2 years newer
$398 - $400

Significant advantages of the ZS40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 111x64x34 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ZS40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS40 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS40 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
1 year older
$215

Significant advantages of the SX130 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Smaller: Mid size 113x73x46 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 3.6"
  • Lighter: 308 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX130 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX130 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48