As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to travel zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ100 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P510 and the Coolpix P100)

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 wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 27 mm), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), is newer (july 2011 vs february 2010) and 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), doesn't have a built-in GPS and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$333

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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P510
6 months newer
$364

Significant advantages of the P510 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P510 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the P510 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$381

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • 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

  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the P100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the P100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much shorter max exposures: 8 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the P100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 481 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
5 years older
$1,199

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

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

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Much worse wide angle: 35 mm vs 25 mm
  • Much lower resolution screen: 207k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DMC-FZ50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

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 300 shots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 4 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (25 mm vs 24 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (107×61×28 mm)) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Samsung HZ35W

Samsung HZ35W
1 year older

Significant advantages of the HZ35W (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact (107×61×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a GPS
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the HZ35W (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the HZ35W and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60
2 years newer
$418

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 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 much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 337 ms) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k 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.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$435 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-G10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
1 year older

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Supports an external flash

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-G10 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$398 (body only)
$498 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
8 months older
$121 (body only)
$350 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Incredible shutter lag: 337 ms vs 280 ms
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to compact competitors include: it has significantly more zoom (24x vs 5x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 848 x 480 @ 30fps), has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 230k dots) and has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 280 shots).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs super compact (95×53×22 mm)), is thicker (3.6" vs 0.9"), is much heavier (498 g vs 150 g) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/3000 of a second).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48
2 years older
$325

Significant advantages of the DMC-FX48 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×53×22 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much thinner: 0.9" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 150 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FX48 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Lower resolution movies: 848 x 480 @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly less zoom: 5x vs 24x

common strengths of the DMC-FX48 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500
3 years older
$284

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)

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

common strengths of the DMC-FX500 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds