As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX500 IS 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 slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 60x), 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
$379

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • 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-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$704

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ150 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62
1 year newer
$530

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ62 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ62 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$409 - $598

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

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

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 FZ70

Panasonic Lumix FZ70
2 years newer
$265 - $298

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • Significantly larger: Large 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the FZ70 and DMC-FZ48

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

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
1 year newer
$184

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 195 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX500 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Standard size 104x69x80 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs the Panasonic Lumix 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 focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$499 - $749 (body only)
$550 - $600 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the T3i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$249 (body only)
$343 - $408 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (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 D3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
arrow Compare the Nikon D3000 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
1 year older
$735 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the K-x and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
arrow Compare the Pentax K-x vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$449 - $520 (body only)
$545 - $696 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$425 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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 3.8x), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 200 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a much narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 101x58x35 mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$398

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots RAW
  • Larger sensor: 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the DMC-LX7 vs the DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
1 year newer
$235 - $359

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2.0 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • More shutter lag: 484 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the S110 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
10 months newer
$548 - $550

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 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 a viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16 MP), significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a significantly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$320 (body only)
$325 - $450 16-50mm lens

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the NEX-3N and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-3N 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/3.3), creates panoramas in-camera, has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and has a 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 compact 105x60x34 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact 104x58x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS25 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the ZS25 vs the DMC-FZ48

Olympus Stylus SZ-15

Olympus Stylus SZ-15
1 year newer
$100 - $199

Significant advantages of the SZ-15 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 108x70x40 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-15 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SZ-15 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
arrow Compare the Olympus Stylus SZ-15 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
7 months newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX10V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DSC-HX10V and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$319 - $499

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS30 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS30 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48