We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Panasonic dmc-fz48 snr
Panasonic dmc-fz48 snr

JPEG images from the Panasonic FZ48 show consistent results for noise performance across the sensitivity range. From ISO 400 upwards only the Nikon Coolpix P500 show a better result.

Panasonic dmc-fz48 dynamic range
Panasonic dmc-fz48 dynamic range

This chart indicates that JPEGs from the Panasonic FZ48's have a lower dynamic range than all but the Fujifilm Finepix HS20's JPEGs up to a sensitivity of ISO 400. From ISO 400 results are comparable with the Sony HX100V and Nikon P500.