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Panasonic DMC-FZ48 review

Does the latest Lumix super-zoom bridge live up to expectation?

Our Verdict

The low performance at high ISO sensitivies is a shame, as everything else about the camera is well implemented. The build quality and lens are excellent, the control method is intuitive, and there is a vast range of features to keep even experienced photographers happy.

For

  • Good build quality
  • Intuitive controls
  • Excellent lens with an impressive zoom range
  • Fast to focus
  • Image stabilisation and autofocus during video recording

Against

  • Noise at high sensitivities
  • Artefacts around fine details at all sensitivities
  • Subdued colours with default settings

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

The macro function enables frame filling close-ups

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Colours can be quite subdued using default settings

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

The 24x zoom lens is great for isolating distant subjects

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

A 25mm wide angle as found on the FZ48 is useful for landscapes and shooting in tight spaces

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Distortion is very low, especially for a lens covering such a huge range of focal lengths

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Levels of detail are maintained well throughout the zoom range

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Balanced exposures are produced by the Intelligent Multiple Metering system

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

The AF system is just fast enough for adequate quick snatch shots like this

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Shutter lag is minimal, even when using the flash, once the camera is correctly focused.

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Creative Control Sepia.

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Creative Control High Dynamic.

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Creative Control Pinhole.

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Panasonic lumix dmc-fz48 sample image

Creative Control Film Grain.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
3D Type3D
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom24x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)454 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution12.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height79.8 mm
Width120.3 mm
Depth91.9 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FZ48
Product NameLumix DMC-FZ48 Bridge Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FZ48EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-FZ48 features a 25mm ultra wide-angle 24x optical zoom F2.8-5.2 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm). The powerful 24x optical zoom can be used both in photo and video recording. The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the 32x Intelligent Zoom is also available. In addition, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps you clear, crisp, blur-free zooming shots.

Battery Life400 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-FZ48 Bridge Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • USB Cable
  • AC Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap String
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker