As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to mirrorless, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P500 and the Coolpix L830)

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, has slightly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 335 ms) and slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (3.7 fps vs 9 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.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$232 - $309

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
  • 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
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ70 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$343 - $598

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ200 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$384

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

  • Takes 3D photos
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ150 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$387

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

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ40 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$544

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Shoots RAW

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ35 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ35 vs the DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer
$369

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ60 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
arrow Compare the DMC-FZ60 vs the DMC-FZ48

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has significantly less shutter lag (280 ms vs 598 ms), significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 20 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a slightly smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has in-camera HDR
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 400 shots
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha ILC-3000 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
1 year older
$900 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Takes 3D photos

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G2 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Significantly more shutter lag: 423 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the DMC-G2 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash
arrow Compare the DMC-G2 vs the DMC-FZ48

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
9 months newer
$328 (body only)
$318 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much more shutter lag: 598 ms vs 280 ms

common strengths of the NX1000 and DMC-FZ48

  • None found
arrow Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 - $700 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Shoots RAW
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 9.8 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the A6000 and DMC-FZ48

  • Very good image stabilization: Lens vs Lens
  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 400 shots
arrow Compare the Sony Alpha A6000 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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 none), has a slightly larger screen (3.0" vs 2.5"), 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 24.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
4 years older
$1,000 (body only)
$1,600 17-85mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.2x14.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Shoots RAW
  • Has interchangeable lenses

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3.0"
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the Rebel XTi and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 127x94x65 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$265 - $387 (body only)
$401 - $427 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (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 D3100 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$319 - $415 (body only)
$389 - $477 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.2x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

  • Light weight: 505 g vs 498 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 20x), has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), slightly closer macro focusing (1 cm vs 3 cm) and has a 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 120x79x91 mm vs compact 105x59x28 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 ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$340 - $399

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

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

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

  • Significantly 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
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS20 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30
1 year newer
$319

Significant advantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 105x59x28 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Has a GPS
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"

Significant disadvantages of the ZS30 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the ZS30 and DMC-FZ48

  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Lumix ZS30 vs the Lumix DMC-FZ48