As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Nikon (such as the D3100 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 records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7"), is slightly smaller (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs professional size 125x87x110 mm), creates panoramas in-camera and has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 440 ms).

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
$330 - $398

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$314

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • None found

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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$200 - $248

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
  • 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-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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$987

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
  • Smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
5 years older
$548

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Shoots RAW
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much smaller screen: 2.0" vs 3.0"
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 10fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

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 720p @ 30fps), has a significantly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.7"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), 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 pentamirror) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$222 (body only)
$355 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Very inexpensive: $221.86 vs $308.81
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$339 (body only)
$429 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 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $339.00 vs $308.81
  • Light weight: 459 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
3 years older
$845 (body only)
$725 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the Rebel XSi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$420 - $497 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs 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
  • Inexpensive: $419.95 vs $308.81
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$697 (body only)
$579 - $797 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 460k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (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 D5300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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6 years older
$675 18-55mm lens

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XT (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 Rebel XT and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 336 ms) and is newer (july, 2011 vs march, 2010).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.2 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs four thirds 18.0x13.5mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
1 year newer
$598 - $798 (body only)
$1,135 45-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GH3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
2 years older
$450 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-GH1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Inexpensive: $450.00 vs $308.81
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
1 year older
$600 (body only)
$500 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G10 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-G10 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

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/3.5), creates panoramas in-camera, has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 210 shots), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9) and significantly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 5 cm).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 106x63x33 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS
1 year newer
$274

Significant advantages of the SX280 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 106x63x33 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX280 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 400 shots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX280 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS
1 year newer
$135

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
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

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

  • Worse image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

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

  • Wide aperture: f/3.0 vs f/2.8
  • In-camera panoramas

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS
2 years newer
$138 - $180

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
  • Significantly 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