Panasonic DMC-FZ48 review

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

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As part of our image quality testing for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Panasonic DMC-FZ48 is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Panasonic dmc fz48 resolution iso 100
Panasonic dmc-fz48 resolution iso

Panasonic fz48 resolution iso 100
Panasonic fz48 resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 20 (see full image)

Panasonic dmc fz48 resolution iso 200
Panasonic dmc-fz48 resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Panasonic dmc fz48 resolution iso 400
Panasonic dmc-fz48 resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 18 (see full image)

Panasonic dmc fz48 resolution iso 800
Panasonic dmc-fz48 resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 16 (see full image)

Panasonic dmc fz48 resolution iso 1600
Panasonic dmc-fz48 resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 14 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
3D Type3D
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height79.8 mm
Width120.3 mm
Depth91.9 mm
Focal Length4.50 mm to 108 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
Product ModelDMC-FZ48
Product NameLumix DMC-FZ48 Bridge Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FZ48EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year