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-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX510 HS and the PowerShot SX50 HS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 50x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 9 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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
  • Significantly better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Takes 3D photos

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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$380 - $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-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

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
2 years newer
$199 - $250

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

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

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

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the SX510 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix 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-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$349

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

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 2.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$499 - $600 (body only)
$599 - $650 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (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 SL1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the SL1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$599 - $700 (body only)
$499 - $550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T5 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (body only)
$380 - $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

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$600 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 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 better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 742 ms) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 230 shots).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 17.9 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$311 - $400 22mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more shutter lag: 742 ms vs 280 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the EOS M and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon EOS M vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Olympus PEN E-PL3

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
similar age
$243 - $649 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PL3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3 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), creates panoramas in-camera, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 104x63x33 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

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
  • Has a touch screen

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

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR
6 months older
$233

Significant advantages of the F550 EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 104x63x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Records high-speed movies: 320 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the F550 EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the F550 EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
2 years newer
$149 - $180

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 108x71x44 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly lighter: 251 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX170 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1 cm vs 1 cm
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX170 IS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48