As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ150 and the Lumix DMC-FZ50) and Sony (such as the CyberShot DSC-H400 and the SLT A58)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 27 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is newer (july 2011 vs july 2010) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and doesn't support an external flash.

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 a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has an external mic jack

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)
  • Light weight: 528 g vs 498 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.6"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

Sony CyberShot DSC-H400
2 years newer
$268

Significant advantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more zoom: 64.6x vs 24x
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H400 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-H400 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
5 years older
$1,199

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly larger: Large (141×86×142 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
3 years older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ28 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 417 g vs 498 g
  • Thin: 3.5" vs 3.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$550

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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$398

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 588 g vs 498 g
  • Very long exposure times: 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 much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), 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 much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$638 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • More shutter lag: 326 ms vs 280 ms
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SLT A58 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 492 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much less shutter lag: 164 ms vs 280 ms
  • Shoots RAW

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"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the Rebel XS and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 502 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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6 years older
$599 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the Rebel XT and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (127×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$625 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • 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
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$300 (body only)
$397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 34 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 3.9 MP) and has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 350 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 mid size (112×76×48 mm)), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and is thicker (3.6" vs 1.9").

Canon PowerShot G2

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10 years older
$129

Significant advantages of the G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much worse wide angle: 34 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
10 months older
$799

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Thinner: 1.9" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the G12 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel 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 a viewfinder (digital vs none), has a much longer battery life (400 shots vs 250 shots) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,037k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20.7 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 60 fps).

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
3 years newer
$369 - $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