As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to travel zooms, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the D3300)

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 2.5"), creates panoramas in-camera and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 15 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 39.1x), 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 lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$278 - $297

Significant advantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix B500 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 1 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Coolpix B500 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$849

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ40 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ40 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 499 g vs 498 g
  • 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
$298 - $311

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ200 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
$245 - $298

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 (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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$458

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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS
2 years older
$900

Significant advantages of the SX10 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX10 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the SX10 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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 300 shots), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

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 (105×59×28 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
3 years newer
$298 - $329

Significant advantages of the DMC-ZS50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (111×65×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.6"
  • More zoom: 30x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-ZS50 (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-ZS50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$251

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

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
3 years newer
$198 - $229

Significant advantages of the SX610 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×61×27 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 191 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX610 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.8 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter battery life: 270 shots vs 400 shots
  • Significantly fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the SX610 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
4 years newer
$348

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.4" vs 3.6"
  • More zoom: 30x vs 24x

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$599

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

  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has a GPS

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS20 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Many focus points: 23 vs 23

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, has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (130×100×78 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 significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.2 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$300 (body only)
$399 - $547 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

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

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$409 - $649 (body only)
$520 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 T5i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the T5i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$285 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera, has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (109×60×27 mm)).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
3 years newer
$486 - $499

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the X30 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
3 years older
$300

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

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Supports 24p

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

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • 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
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm