Panasonic Lumix FZ48 Review


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 front viewPanasonic’s FZ48 is a bridge camera that is a modified version of the FZ 45 launched last year. Where the FZ45 had a 14.1 megapixel sensor, the FZ48 only offers a 12.1 megapixel sensor.

It has a 24x optical zoom that may not have the range that some of its rivals have, but again, is adequate for most amateur photographers. If you are a professional photographer, you will probably go for a DSLR camera and not a bridge camera.

The FZ48 has a lens with a focal range of 25-600 mm in 35 mm terms. This makes it particularly good for long-distance pictures. But this lens can’t be swapped. The Leica lens comes with an image stabiliser that minimises blurs.

The camera can record Full HD 1920×1080 pixel video, including stereo recording via two top-mounted microphones. This is higher than the 1280×720 pixel video resolution that the FZ45 offers. The 3” LCD screen is fixed and offers no swivel or tilt options.

The camera allows users 14 options from which to select the shooting mode. This includes subject-recognising iA (“intelligent auto”) mode and various settings for controlling aperture, shutter and manual settings. Unlike other cameras where “video” is one of the modes on the dial, the FZ48 has a separate record button for video.

The camera’s Creative Control and Picture Style modes allow images to be “improved” in terms of saturation, colour, contrast and so on. This eliminates the need for Photoshop type software to improve image quality or the need for a computer.

The FZ48 is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Independent industry tester CIPA asserts that on a full charge, you can take 400 pictures. Obviously, if you shoot lots of video and use the flash, the number of still images will drop.

The FZ48 is priced at £320, which is a good £20 less than the FX45.Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 rear viewPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 top down viewPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 side view with zoom extended Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 side view with flash open

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