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-G1 and the Lumix DMC-FZ100) and Nikon (such as the D3100 and the Coolpix L820)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), is newer (july 2011 vs july 2010) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 50x), 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) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$279

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

  • 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
$322

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

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

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

  • 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-FZ18

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
4 years older
$1,000

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ18 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ18 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the DMC-FZ18 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×75×88 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 407 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$346

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
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
1 year newer
$418

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly more zoom: 50x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Shorter battery life: 315 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX50 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820
1 year newer
$242

Significant advantages of the L820 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L820 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the L820 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×85 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 470 g vs 498 g

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 better image stabilization (lens vs none), has much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 670 ms) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 19.8 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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
2 years older
$400 (body only)
$480 14-45mm lens

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

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-G1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Incredible shutter lag: 372 ms vs 280 ms
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$348 (body only)
$448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the A5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$395 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 400 shots
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
1 year newer
$899 (body only)
$3,160 12-35mm lens

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

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-GH3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$450 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 280 ms
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the NEX-5 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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 significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (lens vs none), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 18 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$640 18-55mm lens

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$397 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
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps

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

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$399 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Larger: Professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X
4 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D40X (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Much thinner: 2.5" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the D40X (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the D40X and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

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), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 290 shots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×60×34 mm)), is older (july 2011 vs february 2012), is thicker (3.6" vs 1.3") and is slightly heavier (498 g vs 222 g).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
7 months newer
$139

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

  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • Lighter: 222 g vs 498 g

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-H90 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a GPS
  • Smaller: Compact (103×60×33 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-ZS7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS
2 years newer
$344

Significant advantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX170 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX170 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"