Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 front

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX40
Panasonic LX100
(Full Review)
  • 13MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-75mm (F1.7-2.8) lens
  • 393g - 115 x 66 x 55mm
  • Released September 2014
  • New Model is Panasonic LX100 II
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Overview

Below is a detailed overview of the Panasonic FX48 versus Panasonic LX100, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the FX48 (12MP) and the LX100 (13MP) is pretty well matched but the FX48 (1/2.3") and LX100 (Four Thirds) have different sensor dimensions.

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The FX48 was unveiled 6 years prior to the LX100 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FX48 being a Compact camera and the Panasonic LX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the FX48 matches up vs the LX100 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Panasonic LX100

 FX48 LX100 

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX100 over the Panasonic FX48

 LX100 FX48 
ReleasedSeptember 2014January 2009More recent by 68 months
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic LX100

 FX48 LX100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Panasonic FX48 comes with external dimensions of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") and a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Panasonic LX100 has specifications of 115mm x 66mm x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2") along with a weight of 393 grams (0.87 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FX48 versus Panasonic LX100 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at that time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the FX48 vs the LX100.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX48 and LX100 is 95 and 83 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be difficult to visualize the gap between sensor measurements merely by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic here will offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the FX48 and LX100.

As you can see, both of the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The FX48 having a tinier sensor is going to make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Panasonic LX100 will give you greater detail having an extra 1MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older FX48 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography details
Panasonic LX100 Portrait photography details
provides face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
manual focus
megapixel count good (13 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Street photography features
Panasonic LX100 Street photography features
image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
has touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FX48
Sports photography with Panasonic LX100
image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
quiet mode (1/16,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (13 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
includes tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX48 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic LX100 as a Travel photography camera
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
has touch focus
megapixel count good (13MP)
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX48
Landscape photography with Panasonic LX100
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.5 inch)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (13MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Vlogging features
Panasonic LX100 Vlogging features
quite wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
missing mic jack
quite wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.7)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone port
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic LX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic LX100
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Also Known as Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Category Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-27 2014-09-15
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 13 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4112 x 3088
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 200
RAW support
Lowest boosted ISO - 100
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 49
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 24-75mm (3.1x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/1.7-2.8
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,764 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/3000 secs 1/4000 secs
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 11.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.00 m 7.00 m (with included external flash at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, on w/redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Max video resolution 640x480 3840x2160
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150 gr (0.33 lb) 393 gr (0.87 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 115 x 66 x 55mm (4.5" x 2.6" x 2.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 67
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.3
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.5
DXO Low light score not tested 553
Battery life - 300 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $325 $800