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 mirrorless. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Sony (such as the SLT A37 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R)

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 significantly 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 a built-in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

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
  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$248

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$274

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ70 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Samsung WB110

Samsung WB110
1 year newer
$331

Significant advantages of the WB110 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the WB110 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the WB110 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ48

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older

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"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 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 longer battery life (400 shots vs 240 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (102×61×34 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$279 - $380

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Shoots RAW
  • 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

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus Stylus XZ-10

Olympus Stylus XZ-10
1 year newer
$148

Significant advantages of the XZ-10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (102×61×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the XZ-10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 240 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the XZ-10 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
similar age
$395

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

common strengths of the P7100 and DMC-FZ48

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

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 2.6"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and has slightly more focus points (23 vs 11).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much 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.

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
9 months newer
$964 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less shutter lag: 109 ms vs 280 ms
  • Supports 24p
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SLT A37 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 506 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
3 years older
$615 18-55mm lens

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"
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

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

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$294 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$470 - $649 (body only)
$549 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the T5i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has significantly less zoom (24x vs 30x), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 1,040k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (111×65×34 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 10 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$298

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (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 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

  • Great zoom: 30x vs 24x
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none), is newer (july 2011 vs september 2008) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony NEX 7

Sony NEX-7
similar age
$840 (body only)
$739 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX 7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the NEX 7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the NEX 7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
2 years older
$330 (body only)
$689 14-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-G1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash