The Panasonic FZ48 adds super-fast autofocus to the already impressive FZ-series feature set. How does the latest 24x Lumix superzoom perform? The What Digital Camera Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review...

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Panasonic Lumix FZ48

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:85%


  • Fast autofocus, good quality LCD, decent movie mode


  • No Raw shooting, over-processed images


Panasonic Lumix FZ48 Review


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Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review – Design

The Lumix FZ48 is near identical to its predecessor, bar for a slight alteration to elongating the stereo microphone on top of the camera. The camera looks much like a small DSLR system though, of course, the 24x lens isn’t removable. Considering the ample 25-600mm equivalent focal range the FZ48 is relatively compact by superzoom standards.

Panasonic Lumix FZ48 product shotThe design is also well laid out: The camera’s top encompasses a mode dial for quick mode selection and a one-touch movie button to jump straight into motion recording; the rear has a four-way d-pad control, a thumbwheel to cycle through settings, a Q.Menu for accessing the all important options and a variety of other buttons including an AF/AE lock and AF/MF adjust.

The FZ48’s build quality feels sturdy, the lens remains rigid throughout its range and the camera’s pronounced hand grip has a rubberised finish for extra hold.

There’s very little to complain about in terms of the FZ48’s design, though the ongoing lack of an eye-level sensor to effortlessly toggle between using the LCD and EVF could be one future improvement (for now it’s an EVF/LCD button that has to be pressed manually).

  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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