As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ150) and Nikon (such as the D3100 and the Coolpix L810)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it creates panoramas in-camera and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$619

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$345

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

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

  • Shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

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
$220 - $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-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$340 - $398

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

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

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-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$350

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62
1 year newer
$389

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has in-camera HDR

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ62 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ62 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

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 @ 24fps), has a significantly larger screen (3.0" vs 1.8"), 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 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$262 (body only)
$484 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

  • Supports 24p
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • 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
  • Inexpensive: $262.19 vs $356.49
  • Light weight: 505 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

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

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years older
$707 (body only)
$1,017 55-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the D90 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$289 - $547 (body only)
$447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (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 D3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $289.00 vs $356.49
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$354 (body only)
$591 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Inexpensive: $354.09 vs $356.49

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 421 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 300 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and is slightly less expensive ($356.49 vs $505.91).

However, on average it has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1" 13.2x8.8mm), doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots) and is significantly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 101x58x38 mm).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$328 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2
5 years older
$397

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly smaller: Compact 106x56x26 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more shutter lag: 600 ms vs 280 ms
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 15fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-LX2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
10 months newer
$350 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas

Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon Coolpix P7700
1 year newer
$506

Significant advantages of the P7700 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the P7700 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly more shutter lag: 421 ms vs 280 ms
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the P7700 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
1 year newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: 1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
  • Great battery life: 350 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/3.4), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9), slightly closer macro focusing (1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm) and has boost light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs none).

However, on average it is slightly larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs mid size 112x65x34 mm), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks and external mic jack and is older (july 2011 vs february 2014).

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
1 year older
$85

Significant advantages of the SX130 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Smaller: Mid size 113x73x46 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Significantly thinner: 1.8" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the SX130 IS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the SX130 IS and DMC-FZ48

  • Good macro capabilities: 1.0 cm vs 1.0 cm

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
2 years newer
$279 - $280

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size 112x65x34 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly worse macro capability: 5.0 cm vs 1.0 cm
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX700 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots