As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P520 and the Coolpix L840)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (125×87×110 mm)) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 41.7x), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Larger: Large (130×94×119 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$390

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
1 year newer
$384

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • More zoom: 41.7x vs 24x
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the P520 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
4 years newer
$493 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and DMC-FZ48

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$820

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 528 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 493 g vs 498 g

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 @ 30fps), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and shoots faster continuously (3.7 fps vs 3 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 14.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and has a slightly shorter battery life (400 shots vs 700 shots).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$508 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$479 (body only)
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 459 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 significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$249 - $289

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

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

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

  • Significantly 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"
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$220

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"