As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ70) 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 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 lacks and external mic jack.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$390 - $598

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

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$298 - $330

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly 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

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$704

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ150 vs the DMC-FZ48

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
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • 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-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
5 years older
$528

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 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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps), creates panoramas in-camera, has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 569 ms) and is newer (july, 2011 vs september, 2008).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs mid size 111x68x46 mm).

Canon PowerShot G10

Canon PowerShot G10
2 years older
$899

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much longer battery life: 1000 shots vs 400 shots
  • Smaller: Mid size 109x78x46 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much more shutter lag: 569 ms vs 280 ms
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the G10 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 1000 shots vs 400 shots
  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot G10 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$362 - $398

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Takes 3D photos

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

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 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 compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact 103x59x36 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 245 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the DMC-TZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-TZ50 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$482 - $500

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-TZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-TZ60 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS19

Panasonic Lumix ZS19
6 months newer
$198 - $220

Significant advantages of the ZS19 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ZS19 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the ZS19 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS19 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$330 - $399

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • 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

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

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

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 720p @ 24fps), has a significantly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 12.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks a built in HDR feature.

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
  • Significantly 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 D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (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
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 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
  • Significantly 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