As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX510 HS and the PowerShot SX520 HS) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Lumix DMC-FZ100)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (24x vs 60x), has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 21 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).

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX510 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SX510 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX510 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 349 g vs 498 g

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

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3 years newer
$329

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • More zoom: 42x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX520 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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1 year older
$876

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

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2 years newer

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Significantly 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)

  • 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

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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3 years newer
$449

Significant advantages of the SX60 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Much more zoom: 65x vs 24x
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX60 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX60 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

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1 year older

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
  • 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 higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 337 ms) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 270 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 15.8 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 60 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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8 months older
$118 (body only)
$300 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Incredible shutter lag: 337 ms vs 280 ms
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-G10 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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similar age
$655 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Incredible shutter lag: 293 ms vs 280 ms
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon 1 J5

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3 years newer
$497 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 3.7 fps
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the 1 J5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 3x), has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 320 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (109×60×27 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and is thicker (3.6" vs 1.1").

Olympus XZ-1

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6 months older

Significant advantages of the XZ-1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the XZ-1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Built-in flashes
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot S30

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the S30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the S30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the S30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Built-in flashes
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p
  • Smaller: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Built-in flashes
  • Very long battery life: 380 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon D5500

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3 years newer
$549 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • 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 D60

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3 years older
$382 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 522 g vs 498 g

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/3.3), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps).

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

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6 months newer
$636

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

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

  • Much 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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

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3 years newer
$299

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly more zoom: 30x vs 24x
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the DMC-ZS50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to compact competitors include: it has much more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 38 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 123k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs super compact (104×58×20 mm)), is thicker (3.6" vs 0.9"), is much heavier (498 g vs 150 g) and is not waterproof.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX48 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×53×22 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 150 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX48 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x

common strengths of the DMC-FX48 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good wide angle: 25 mm vs 25 mm
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-P72 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (120×58×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 259 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-P72 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DSC-P72 and DMC-FZ48

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Konica Minolta DiMAGE F100

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9 years older

Significant advantages of the F100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×52×32 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 220 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the F100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the F100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix TS25

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the TS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (104×58×20 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 144 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the TS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less zoom: 4x vs 24x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the TS25 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good wide angle: 25 mm vs 25 mm