As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and compacts. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ40 and the Lumix DMC-FZ35) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D3100)

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.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps), 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) and lacks a built in HDR feature.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40
1 year older
$399

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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200
1 year newer
$350 - $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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$248 - $330

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

  • Much more zoom: 60x vs 24x
  • Takes 3D photos
  • 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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$383

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
1 year older
$350 - $400

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ100 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None

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
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none), creates panoramas in-camera, has slightly more focus points (23 vs 9) and much 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 24.1 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 51,600 ISO), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
8 months newer
$309 - $527 (body only)
$389 - $447 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

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$272 (body only)
$390 - $409 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

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
1 year newer
$350 - $400 (body only)
$420 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Significantly heavier: 650 g vs 498 g

common strengths of the K-50 and DMC-FZ48

  • Good image stabilization: Sensor shift vs Lens
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 129x96x70 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$430 - $450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much larger sensor: APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Fewer focus points: 9 vs 23

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 480 g vs 498 g

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to compact competitors include: it has way more more zoom (24x vs 3x), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 480p), has a much wider wide angle lens (25 mm vs 38 mm), has a much larger screen (3.0" vs 1.6") and has a slightly higher resolution screen (460k dots vs 80k dots).

However, on average it is much larger (prosumer size 120x79x91 mm vs compact 92x58x27 mm), is thicker (3.6" vs 1.1") and is much heavier (498 g vs 190 g).

Nikon Coolpix 3200

Nikon Coolpix 3200
7 years older
$149

Significant advantages of the 3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 88x65x38 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.5" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 190 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the 3200 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 24x
  • Much smaller screen: 1.6" vs 3.0"
  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 25 mm

common strengths of the 3200 and DMC-FZ48

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom

Fujifilm FinePix F10 Zoom
6 years older

Significant advantages of the F10 Zoom (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much smaller: Compact 92x58x27 mm vs Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
  • Much thinner: 1.1" vs 3.6"
  • Much lighter: 190 g vs 498 g

Significant disadvantages of the F10 Zoom (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much less zoom: 3x vs 24x
  • Much worse wide angle: 36 mm vs 25 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs Lens

common strengths of the F10 Zoom and DMC-FZ48

  • None found