As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to pro digicams and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ300) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix SL240 and the FinePix HS10)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it 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 is older (july 2011 vs january 2013).

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-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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$400

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

Fujifilm FinePix SL240

Fujifilm FinePix SL240
5 months newer

Significant advantages of the SL240 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the SL240 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SL240 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 510 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

Sony CyberShot DSC-H200
1 year newer
$317

Significant advantages of the DSC-H200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 22 mm vs 25 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-H200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (123×83×87 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 498 g
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 3.6"

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 3.8x), has a much larger screen (3" vs 1.8"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 350 shots) and is newer (july 2011 vs july 2008).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

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8 years older
$1,427

Significant advantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Large (134×91×156 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-F828 and DMC-FZ48

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$341

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (109×60×27 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$516

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Coolpix P7800
2 years newer
$900

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the P7800 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital 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 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

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), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism).

Nikon D3300

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

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

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
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$497 (body only)
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (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 T3i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the T3i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
4 years older

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

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and DMC-FZ48

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$325 (body only)
$350 - $399 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 9.8 MP

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
5 years older
$500 (body only)
$950 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (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 D80 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found