As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams, entry-level DSLRs, travel zooms and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P900 and the Coolpix P7800)

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), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 335 ms) and is newer (july 2011 vs july 2010).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$210 - $228

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 (130×97×118 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$362 - $398

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$358

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

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

  • Shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$1,012

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)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older

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 (120×80×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28
3 years older
$559

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

  • Shoots RAW

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

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ28 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 380 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 340 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs mid size (113×65×48 mm)).

Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Olympus XZ-2 iHS
1 year newer
$334

Significant advantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-2 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the XZ-2 iHS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Great battery life: 340 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
2 years newer
$500 - $547

Significant advantages of the P7800 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7800 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the P7800 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Good macro capabilities: 2.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$328 - $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: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
10 months older
$987

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 380 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the G12 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

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 image stabilization (lens vs none) and shoots faster continuously (3.7 fps vs 3 fps).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror), has a slightly shorter battery life (400 shots vs 700 shots), users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and doesn't shoot RAW.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
4 years older
$950 (body only)

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

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

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (127×94×65 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$325 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • 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"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

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 much longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) (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 Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70) and DMC-FZ48

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 24x
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$362

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • In-camera panoramas

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
1 year newer
$376

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS25 and DMC-FZ48

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to compact competitors include: it has much more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 16fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 37 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.5") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 123k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs super compact (91×55×21 mm)), is thicker (3.6" vs 0.8"), is much heavier (498 g vs 130 g) and is significantly more expensive ($469.99 vs $237.39).

Nikon Coolpix S640

Nikon Coolpix S640
1 year older
$237

Significant advantages of the S640 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (91×55×21 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 130 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the S640 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the S640 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.8
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72
8 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-P72 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (120×58×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 259 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-P72 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse wide angle: 39 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DSC-P72 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7
4 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-LZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (99×62×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 234 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LZ7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 25 mm
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much less zoom: 6x vs 24x

common strengths of the DMC-LZ7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds