As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500 and the Coolpix L830)

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.

However, on average it 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), lacks a built in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$343 - $598

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

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
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$387

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ40 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$259 - $837

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 130x97x118 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • 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
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ70 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$544

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)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ35 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer
$369 - $546

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has in-camera HDR

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

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ60 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$395 - $800

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ100 vs the DMC-FZ48

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 598 ms) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$329 (body only)
$420 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the NEX-3N and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-3N vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
1 year older
$900 14-42mm lens

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 423 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the DMC-G2 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
arrow Compare the DMC-G2 vs the DMC-FZ48

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
9 months newer
$328 (body only)
$312 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much more shutter lag: 598 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the NX1000 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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 (3.0" vs 1.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 118k dots), has image stabilization (lens vs none) and creates panoramas in-camera.

However, on average it doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism), has a slightly shorter battery life (400 shots vs 550 shots) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon EOS 20D

Canon EOS 20D
7 years older
$1,299 (body only)
$1,739 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 20D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.5x15.0mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the 20D (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the 20D and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 20D vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$270 - $387 (body only)
$401 - $430 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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/3.8), creates panoramas in-camera, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 270 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
2 years newer
$199 - $259

Significant advantages of the SX600 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact 104x61x26 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX600 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5 cm vs 1 cm

common strengths of the SX600 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$340 - $798

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS20 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$135 - $150

Significant advantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 108x70x40 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-16 iHS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SZ-16 iHS and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48