As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix B500 and the Coolpix P500) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ200 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35)

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 8 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), lacks a built-in HDR feature and doesn't take 3D photos.

Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500
4 years newer
$257 - $297

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better wide angle: 23 mm vs 25 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×78×95 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 541 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$317 - $319

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older

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"
  • Worse wide angle: 27 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (118×76×89 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 367 g vs 498 g
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$480

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$279

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

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

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

  • 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-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300
4 years newer
$598 - $698

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Larger: Large (132×92×117 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

common strengths of the DMC-FZ300 and DMC-FZ48

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

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), creates panoramas in-camera, has much less shutter lag (280 ms vs 1187 ms) and is newer (july 2011 vs december 2010).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 14 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm), doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and lacks a built-in HDR feature.

Samsung NX11

Samsung NX11
6 months older

Significant advantages of the NX11 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX11 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the NX11 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
similar age
$170 (body only)
$350 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PM1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Olympus PEN E-P1

Olympus PEN E-P1
2 years older
$543 (body only)
$290 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-P1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: NMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-P1 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much more shutter lag: 1187 ms vs 280 ms
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the E-P1 and DMC-FZ48

  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$300 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-G5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

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 11), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs professional size (132×101×78 mm)) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$799 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the T6i and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$350 (body only)
$400 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$317 (body only)
$447 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (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 D3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 505 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 has a slightly wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 28 mm), creates panoramas in-camera and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 922k dots), is slightly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs mid size (110×66×43 mm)) and doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Smaller: Mid size (110×66×43 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.7" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$440

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the G16 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 400 shots
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital