Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

July 21, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 13 Comments | |
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 24x optical zoom lens. Other standout features of the FZ48 include a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, Sonic Speed AF, manual operation, 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording, 3D Photo mode and new Creative Controls with Miniature Effect mode. Pricing and availability of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 are still to be announced.

Panasonic UK Press Release

Panasonic introduces new Super-Zoom Digital Camera LUMIX DMC-FZ48 featuring High Quality 24x Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD Video Recording

This summer, Panasonic is pleased to welcome a new addition to its award winning range of LUMIX cameras, DMC-FZ48, boasting a powerful 24 x optical zoom and attractive options including manual operation, full-HD video recording capability and new Creative Control with Miniature Effect mode.

With a 25mm ultra wide angle lens and 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD, which now has 460,000-dot high resolution to dramatically improve visibility during recording and playback, the FZ48 offers exceptional creative freedom – perfect for beginners through to serious photographers

Outstanding Image Quality
The high quality 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens benefits from Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology, to minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare. Whilst the powerful 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm) makes it easy to capture family or group portraits as well as expansive landscapes or action packed sports shots.

The lens unit comprising of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces, ensures an outstandingly compact body while passing Leica’s stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance, suppressing distortion at wide end and colour bleeding at tele end.

Superb Clearness
The DMC-FZ48 features advanced image processing LSI, the Venus Engine FHD, and intelligent resolution to assure high picture quality in both photo and video recording. With Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas - outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas - are automatically detected and the camera performs optimum processing to each, to give the whole image outstanding natural clarity, down to even the finest details.  Taking advantage of this feature, the 24x optical zoom power is increased to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function, maintaining picture quality even when using the digital zoom.

Never missing the moment is the key to photography. The DMC-FZ48 boasts a Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time which helps give the camera super high speed response which helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities. The accuracy and the speed of AF Tracking are also dramatically improved.

Capturing those priceless memories, whether they’re still images or moving footage, is no problem for the FZ48. Empowered by a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, Panasonic’s new super zoom camera is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting.

Creative Photography
For more artistic freedom, manual control is available with the new FZ48. Each user can capture their intended images not only in photo but also in video, by utilizing a host of options including the new Creative Control or Photo Style with a wide variety of preset options.

Making Photography Easy
Everyone wants to take eye-catching images at the click of a button, which is why Panasonic developed the Intelligent Auto mode. This includes POWER O.I.S (Optical Image Stabiliser) and the Motion Deblur mode , which helps prevent blurring from handshake even in low-lit situations like indoors or at night. With AF tracking, the FZ48 can lock onto any subject and keep it in focus even if it moves – making it easy to get beautiful, clear shots.  The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches to the appropriate mode according to the subject. Human faces are captured in focus using appropriate exposure with the Face Detection, whilst unwanted red-eyes are corrected digitally.  The Intelligent ISO Control reduces motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity and optimizing the shutter speed if the subject moves as the shot is taken.  Intelligent D-range Control optimises the lighting of each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights. These features can all be accessed simply by activating the iA mode, giving users the confidence to capture clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

All new memories in 3D
The newly added 3D Photo mode produces a realistic 3D image from 20 consecutive images shot whilst panning left to right. The 3D image can be viewed on VIERA 3D HDTV or other MPO-compatible 3D equipment such as TV, Digital Photo Frame or Printing.

Share your Images Effortlessly
Thanks to the LUMIX Image Uploader, you can easily keep your friends and family up-to-date with your latest images by simply check-marking the photos you want to share and connecting the camera to a PC. Just follow the on-screen guidance. You can even add comments and let your family know the update of your album via email. Facebook (for photos) and YouTube (for movies) can also be used without installation of special software – perfect for sharing those special holiday snaps with your friends – you can even share them while you’re still away if you wish!

From outdoor events to indoor photograph, the DMC-FZ48 powerfully supports recording those spur-of-the-moment memories in high quality photo and video. 

*Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
*The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company’s quality standards.
*The “AVCHD” is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
*Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
*HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
*Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.
*YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
*All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
*This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
*Some accessories are not available in some countries.
*The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
*Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

DMC-FZ48 Specifications
Metrics Dimensions
(W x H x D) ? 120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm
(4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 inch)
Weight ? Approx. 454 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.00 lb)
Approx. 498 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.10 lb)
Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels ? 12.1 Megapixels
? Sensor Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter ? Please refer to the spec sheet for your region.
? Lens Aperture ? F2.8 - 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm
(F2.8 - 8.0 (W) / F5.2- 8.0 (T))
? ? Optical Zoom ? 24x
? ? Focal Length ? f= 4.5 -108 mm (25 - 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
(28-670mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
? ? Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) ? 29.4x (4:3 / 8M), 37.5x (4:3 / 5M), 46.9x (4:3 / under 3M)
? ? Intelligent Zoom ? 32x
14 elements in 10 groups
(2 Aspherical Lenses /  3 Aspherical Surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens)
? ? 2- Speed Zoom ? Yes
? ? Optical Image Stabilizer ? Power O.I.S. (On / Off / Active mode (Only for Motion Picture) )
? ? Digital Zoom ? 4x
? Focus Focusing Area ? Normal: Wide 30 cm -  infinity / Tele 200 cm -  infinity
AF Macro/ MF / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture : Wide 1 cm -  infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
? ? AF Assist Lamp ? Yes
? ? Focus ? Normal / AF Macro / Zoom Macro
Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto),
Manual Focus (Jog Dial and cursor key button), One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
? ? AF Metering ? Face / AF Tracking / 23 pt / 1 pt (Flexible / Scalable)
? Shutter Shutter Speed ? Still: 60 -  1/2000 sec
Video Mode : 1/30 -  1/20,000 sec (1/8 -  1/20,000 sec on MF Operation on Creative video Mode)
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60 sec
? Finder Viewfinder ? 0.20” Colour EVF (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Recording? File File Format ? Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3)
3D Image: MPO
Motion picture: AVCHD, MP4
? Recording Modes Mode Dial / Mode Button ? 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
? ? Creative Control mode ? Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Pin Hole, Film Grain,  Miniature Effect
? ? Still Image Scene Mode ? Panorama Assist, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity,
High-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Panning, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Photo Frame, 3D Photo
? ? Continuous Shooting Mode ? Full- Resolution Image, 3.7 frames/sec Max. 7 images (Standard mode), Max 7 images (Fine Mode)
? ? ? ? High- speed Burst Mode: approx. 7 frames/sec (image priority)
                          approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)
? ? Motion Picture Recording (*2) HD Video ?
? ? ? STD
? Continuous recordable time(motion pictures) AVCHD ? approx. 140 min (FSH), 160 min (SH)
? ? MP4 ? approx. 140 min (FHD)
? Actual recordable time(motion pictures) AVCHD ? approx. 80 min (FSH), 90 min (SH)
? ? MP4 ? approx. 80 min (FHD)
? Exposure Parameters Exposure ? Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (Program AE mode)
? ? Exposure Compensation ? 1/3 EV step, +/- 3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing ? +/- 1/3~1EV step, 3 frames
? ? Light Metering ? Intelligent Multiple / Centre Weighted / Spot
? ? ISO Sensitivity ? Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600-6400)
? ? Still Picture Recording 1:1 2992 x 2992 (9M EZ) / 2448 x 2448 (6M EZ) / 1920 x 1920 (3.5M EZ)
/ 1536x 1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ)
? ? ? 4:3 4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ)
/ 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
? ? ? 3:2 4000 x 2672 (10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ)
/ 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ)
? ? ? 16:9 4000 x 2248 (9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ)
/ 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M)
? ? Image Quality ? Fine / Standard
? ? White Balance ? Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Colour Temperature
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
? ? Photo Style ? Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
?Color Effect (only in iA Mode) : Standard,  Black & White, Sepia, Happy
? ? Picture Adjustment ? Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
? ? Optical Zoom in Motion Picture ? Yes
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red- Eye Removal) ? Yes
? ? Self Timer ? 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec [3 pictures]
Playback Display Playback Mode? ? Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favourites Playback,
2D/3D Settngs
? ? Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback? ? 12,30- thumbnails / Yes
? ? Calendar Display ? Yes
? ? Set Favourites ? Yes
? ? Show Histogram ? Yes
? ? Show Highlights ? Yes
? ? DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection ? Yes / Yes
? Edit Resize / Cropping / Leveling ? Yes / Yes / Yes
? ? Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp ? Yes / Yes / Yes
? ? Cut Animation ? Yes
? ? Video Divide ? Yes
? ? PictBridge Support ? Single / Multi / All / Favourites / DPOF
Setup ? OSD language ? Please refer to “OSD” Sheet
Others Monitor LCD Monitor ? 3.0”(7.5cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots)
Field of View : approx. 100% AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
? Flash Built- in- Flash ? 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)
? Media Recording Media ? Built- in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
? ? Built- in- Memory ? Approx. 70MB
? Audio Microphone / Speaker ? Stereo / Yes
? Interface Interface ? mini HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High speed
? Power Power ? Li- ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh) (Included)
? ? Battery life (approx.) ? 400 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
? Standard Package Included Software ? PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.3HD Lite Edition
Adobe Reader
? ? Standard Accessories ? Please refer to “Accessories” Sheet

Recording conditions by CIPA standard
- CIPA is an abbreviation of [Camera & Imaging Products Association].
- Temperature: 23 oC (73.4 oF)/Humidity: 50% when RH LCD monitor is on.
- Using a Panasonic SD Memory Card (32 MB).
- Using the supplied battery.
- Starting recording 30 seconds after the camera is turned on. (When the optical image stabilizer function is set to [ON].)
- Recording once every 30 seconds with full flash every second recording.
- Rotating the zoom lever from Tele to Wide or vice versa in every recording.
- Turning the camera off every 10 recordings and leaving it until the temperature of the battery decreases.
- The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode.
- These are standard times taken at a temperature of 23 oC (73.4 oF) and a humidity of 50%. RH
- The time available for recording varies depending on the environment, the interval between recordings, and the manner of use.
- Actual recordable time is the time available for recording when repeating actions such as switching the power supply [ON] / [OFF], starting/stopping recording, zoom operation etc.

[For European PAL Areas]
‘-  Motion picture can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds in European PAL areas.
[For Other Areas]
‘- Motion picture in [MP4] can be recorded continuously for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds.
-  Also, motion picture recorded continuously in [MP4] is up to 4 GB.

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#1 Herher

Wow. I'm amazed that Panny would cannibalize their m43 set up with another one of these megazoom thingamajigs. I guess they are doing so well selling everything they've got, they can afford to keep making these? Amazing.

8:07 am - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#2 Theimer

Wow too. Did you notice the drop of pixel count? Maybe there's hope, finally...

12:30 pm - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#3 Jake

How do the 3-D images turn out? I have yet to see what a 3-D photo looks like from a point and shoot.

5:32 pm - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#4 Pete Peterson

No raw ...

Sample pics:
You can find sample pictures by Panasonic here:

5:36 pm - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#5 Dave

No RAW mode? The most useful thing about a Panasonic super zoom. They've lost the plot.

8:25 pm - Thursday, July 21, 2011

#6 George Gawlik

I guess Panasonic realizes the mistake they made by joining the megapixel race at the expense of image quality. Now they've done it again with no raw capabilityl. Who in the world is designing these cameras.....must be the sales force!

1:31 am - Friday, July 22, 2011

#7 Jilson Thomas

Good camera with amazing features…!

8:24 am - Friday, July 22, 2011

#8 Haters

Buncha trolls, uh? This is their second-tier superzoom -- the FZ100 is still an active product, still shoots RAW. Too expensive for a second-tier superzoom, but the price will drop to something more palatable.

9:19 pm - Friday, July 22, 2011

#9 Dana

I owned a DMC-TZ3 back in 2007 that some reviewers raved about; it was junk that muddied the images horribly at even base ISO and could not take pictures after midday outdoors. To add salt to the wound the most worthless underpowered flash ever! According to the reviewers this has not changed at all with any of their more recent cameras and this turd looks to be no different.

Beware of any product made by Panasonic with 'Venus' engine in it; at least until they finally drop the ancient old sensors for modern BSI CMOS. Leica should be ashamed to be associated with Panasonic sells under their name.

I own a $60 12mp clamshell plastic special Polaroid that I bought in an emergency that hands down provides superior images to anything Panasonic has made for under $400 in the last 5 years. I swear it to you to heed my warning, or at the very least withness the horror of the full resolution test images provided by reviews here and elsewhere.

5:01 am - Saturday, July 23, 2011

#10 Aziz

When it will be on sale?

1:31 pm - Saturday, July 23, 2011

#11 Manskow

I still prefer my good old FZ30 with "only" 8MP, not drowning in noise (at low ISO), and with the genious lense system not extending a single millimeter when zooming. from the FZ100 this feature is lost. Give us an improved FZ30 still with 8 MP but same ISO capabilities as LX5 or better. That would be something..

9:05 am - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

#12 Jay

No one seems to realize that the body and lens combo have been out with a CMOS sensor as a Leica release for a half year, but, at twice the price!
And, we have no hands on tests of the Dynamic Range of one vs. the other at this stage. I do not mind a JPEG only camera, if they would increase the DR and add a hot shoe. They did this at the expense of blending/smearing on the FZ100, a step backward from the prior release as to dealing with noise vs. detail over the prior release. When will we have the best of both worlds: i.e. no more than 12 MP of the tiny sensor, CMOS, dynamic range via backlit sensor, and a hot shoe--while having fast shooting and loading? I will probably buy this as a step up from my Canon PS S3, which I will retain for portraits and online posted images. The Canon 20
was just too slow in recovery, shot to shot, and did not have full HD.

10:48 pm - Saturday, July 30, 2011

#13 Lumix gone bad..

I've had DMC-FZ8 and DMC-FZ38, both of them have suffered from buttons and controls wear out in about a year and 15.000+ exposures, aka rather frequent use. I'd still probably consider LX-5 from Panasonic's compact range, but the Panasonic compact superzoom days are over to me by FZ48, seems like just an average tourist camera.

I totally agree with the mega-pixel race being total non-sense just to attract clueless buyers. I'd be much happier with less megapixels (max. 10) for higher ISO and less noise sensors, especially in these compacts why not DSLR's too.

Love the ease of operation and menus in the DMC-FZ series though, that's one thing that has made me hang on to my FZ38 despite it's problems.

5:51 pm - Wednesday, August 10, 2011