Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 120x79x91 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 12 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-FZ150's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 410 shots vs 400 shots
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Size Slightly smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 498 g vs 528 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        DMC-FZ150:410 shots
        DMC-FZ48:400 shots
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
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        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.6"
        Weight Heavy Help
        DMC-FZ150:528 g
        DMC-FZ48:498 g
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Size Large Help
        DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        Shared Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $380 - $598

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $330

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $325 - $390

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $349

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $551

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

        Pro digicam

        $898 - $970

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Significantly larger
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

        Super zoom

        $683

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $387

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $600 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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