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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Overall rating:


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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Value & Verdict

Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review – Value

The first FZ48 shipment is retailing for around £320 in a number of online stores, positioning the model at a similar or more affordable level to much of the competition. The Nikon P500 and Fuji HS20 are both available for a similar sum, while the Canon SX30 IS and Sony HX100V are available somewhere inside the £350-400 range.

The Panasonic may not offer as long a zoom as those other models, yet its fast autofocus system provides an alternative value.

Panasonic Lumix FZ48 review – Verdict

The Lumix FZ48’s fast autofocus is its premier feature, capable of attaining focus in little time. Other features are equally impressive – the LCD screen looks great in playback and has a wide angle of view, plus the movie mode allows for a good level of recording control.

Panasonic Lumix FZ48 product shotHowever the lack of Raw shooting does axe one of the top features from the previous FZ45 model, and the FZ48’s final image quality, although well exposed and supported by an excellent image stabilisation system, isn’t quite able to quite match up to the finer detail from the likes of the Fuji HS20. For images used at less than full size this will go largely unnoticed in most instances.

For a compact superzoom with a long-reaching zoom the FZ48 has plenty on offer and is competitively prices. It’s easy to use whatever your level, has an effective layout and an autofocus system that puts the majority of the competition to shame.


Sensor:12.1MP 1/2.33in CCD
LCD:3in, 460k-dot LCD
Memory Card:SD (HC/XC)
White Balance:Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Other:F2.8 LEICA DC Lens with Nano Surface Coating Technology and Hi-speed CCD, Full HD Video (1080i) with Higher Transfer Processing Speed CCD, POWER O.I.S. Active Mode Supressing Hand-shake Blur in Video Recording, Creative Video Mode, Creative Control and Photo Style, Sonic Speed AF, iA Mode and 3D Photo Mode
Metering System:Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Connectivity:mini HDMI, AV Output, USB 2.0 High speed
Exposure Modes:Intelligent AUTO, P (Program) mode, A (Aperture Priority) mode, S (Shutter Priority) mode, M (Manual) mode, Creative Video mode, Creative Control mode, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close- up mode, Scene mode, Custom
Weight:Approx. 498 g with Battery and SD Memory Card
Flash Modes:Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, / Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off / Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd / 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Power:Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included)
ISO Range:100-1600 full size (high sensitivity modes can use ISO 3200-6400)
Lens:24x optical zoom; 25-600mm
Dimensions:120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm
Shutter Speeds:60 - 1/2000 sec
File Formats:JPEG
  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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