As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V and the Alpha A5100) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ100 and the Lumix DMC-FZ40)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), is older (july 2011 vs february 2012) and doesn't support an external flash.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$425

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-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$490

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

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830
2 years newer
$150 - $289

Significant advantages of the L830 (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 L830 (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 L830 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×91 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 508 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$329

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-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"

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

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810
6 months newer
$350

Significant advantages of the L810 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L810 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the L810 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 430 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 a 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 much 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 A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$398 (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 interchangeable lenses

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
$379 - $399 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 19.8 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Supports 24p

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-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
8 months older
$118 (body only)
$290 14mm lens

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a touch screen
  • 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 toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly longer battery life (400 shots vs 320 shots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 16 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a much smaller screen (3" vs 4.8"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (114×65×25 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
7 months newer
$391

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX20V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-HX20V and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 400 shots

Olympus SZ-31MR

Olympus SZ-31MR iHS
6 months newer
$270

Significant advantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-31MR (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 400 shots
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SZ-31MR and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$647

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots

Samsung WB350F

Samsung WB350F
2 years newer
$437

Significant advantages of the WB350F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a touch screen
  • Smaller: Compact (114×65×25 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the WB350F (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the WB350F and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
2 years newer
$527

Significant advantages of the Camera 2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Camera 2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Camera 2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Larger than average screens: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots

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" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9) and is newer (july 2011 vs january 2008).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror).

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$420 (body only)
$563 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

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

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

common strengths of the D5100 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$479 (body only)
$340 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 498 g

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the DSLR-A350 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found