As well as being compared against other super zooms, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, mirrorless, travel zooms and pro digicams. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48's top rivals come from Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FZ70 and the Lumix DMC-FZ200) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3 and the PowerShot SX510 HS)

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 significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (24x vs 60x), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 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-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
2 years newer
$250

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)

  • Significantly 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

  • 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
$400

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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-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
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.6"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
2 years older
$999

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
similar age
$820

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

  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 410 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 528 g vs 498 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60
1 year newer

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

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

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

  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DMC-FZ60 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×81×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Great battery life: 450 shots vs 400 shots
  • Light weight: 493 g vs 498 g

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), creates panoramas in-camera and focuses automatically while shootting video (contrast detection vs none).

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm).

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
5 months older
$403 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
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the T3 and DMC-FZ48

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 498 g

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$419 (body only)
$419 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

common strengths of the D3300 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Light weight: 430 g vs 498 g

Olympus E-600

Olympus E-600
1 year older
$510 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-600 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the E-600 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 460k dots

common strengths of the E-600 and DMC-FZ48

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (130×94×60 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Light weight: 515 g vs 498 g
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 months older
$624 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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • 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

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), slightly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 30 seconds) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it has a significantly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 16 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
2 years newer
$700 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Both have digital viewfinders: Digital vs Digital
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus PEN E-PM1

Olympus PEN E-PM1
similar age
$419 (body only)
$350 14-42mm lens

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

  • Has interchangeable lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much smaller: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

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

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • 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

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$733 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 460k dots
  • Supports 24p
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (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 5R and DMC-FZ48

  • None found

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/3.5), has a significantly longer battery life (400 shots vs 260 shots), has a viewfinder (digital vs none) and much longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly larger (prosumer size (120×80×92 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 220 fps) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350
2 years newer
$268 - $293

Significant advantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly smaller: Compact (96×55×26 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-WX350 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 4 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the DSC-WX350 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
6 months newer
$639

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

  • Has a GPS
  • Records high-speed movies: 220 fps vs None
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Prosumer size (120×80×92 mm)

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

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS

Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
4 years newer
$275 - $329

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • More zoom: 40x vs 24x
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 460k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX720 HS (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 250 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the PowerShot SX720 HS and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
3 years newer
$289

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the DMC-FZ48)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.8
  • Shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 400 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the S9900 and DMC-FZ48

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has slightly more zoom (24x vs 3.8x), creates panoramas in-camera and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it doesn't shoot RAW, has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.4), has a slightly lower resolution screen (460k dots vs 920k 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 120 fps).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$599

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

  • Wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly 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
  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
1 year newer
$575

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

  • Much wider aperture: f/1.4 vs f/2.8
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 460k dots

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

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and DMC-FZ48

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 400 shots
  • Long exposures: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds