As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, 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-FZ100) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix L810 and the Coolpix B500)

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 8 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$250

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Much better wide angle: 20 mm vs 25 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$410

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

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

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×81×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 539 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$425

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$480

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-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$725

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

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
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
6 months newer
$119

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the L810 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 3.6"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs prosumer size (129×98×78 mm)) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$484 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D5500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 420 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$529 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
3 years newer
$789 - $997 (body only)
$1,045 - $1,297 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the D7200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 months older
$500 (body only)
$590 18-135mm 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

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$390 - $597 (body only)
$300 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$285 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (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 D5200 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 330 shots), is newer (july 2011 vs may 2010) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 15.8 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
similar age
$568 (body only)
$690 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-G3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$500 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
similar age
$667 (body only)
$887 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5N and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 460 shots vs 400 shots

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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 290 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×60×34 mm)), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
7 months newer
$249

Significant advantages of the DSC-H90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×60×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 222 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Less zoom: 16x vs 24x
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DSC-H90 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$340

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ60 (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-TZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.9), has much more zoom (24x vs 5x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 35 mm) and has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (3" vs 3.5"), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs super compact (98×59×20 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (3.6" vs 0.8") and is much heavier (498 g vs 158 g).

Fujifilm FinePix Z808EXR

Fujifilm FinePix Z808EXR
1 year older

Significant advantages of the Z808EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×59×20 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 3"
  • Much thinner: 0.8" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the Z808EXR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.9 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Z808EXR and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3.5" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500
3 years older
$285

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×57×23 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 175 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less zoom: 5x vs 24x
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much shorter battery life: 280 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-FX500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Great battery life: 280 shots vs 400 shots