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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7 front
Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
41
Overall
39

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Key Specs

Panasonic FX48
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 53 x 22mm
  • Introduced January 2009
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FX40
Panasonic SZ7
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 59 x 21mm
  • Launched January 2012
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Overview

In this article, we will be looking at the Panasonic FX48 versus Panasonic SZ7, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and they are both built by Panasonic. The resolution of the FX48 (12MP) and the SZ7 (14MP) is pretty comparable and they come with the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The FX48 was launched 3 years earlier than the SZ7 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the FX48 grades against the SZ7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX48 over the Panasonic SZ7

 FX48 SZ7 

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ7 over the Panasonic FX48

 SZ7 FX48 
LaunchedJanuary 2012January 2009More modern by 35 months
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic SZ7

 FX48 SZ7 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX48 offers external dimensions of 95mm x 53mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") with a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ7 has dimensions of 99mm x 59mm x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8") having a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic FX48 versus Panasonic SZ7 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose during that time. Here is the front view size comparison of the FX48 versus the SZ7.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the FX48 and SZ7 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to see the contrast in sensor sizes merely by going through specifications. The image here will provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the FX48 and SZ7.

To sum up, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Panasonic SZ7 to provide extra detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The more aged FX48 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Portrait photography features
Panasonic SZ7 Portrait photography features
27
supports face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
34
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Street photography factors
Panasonic SZ7 Street photography factors
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (133g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Sports photography advice
Panasonic SZ7 Sports photography advice
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
44
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX48 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic SZ7 as a Travel photography camera
58
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse function
low resolution (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
70
lighter than competitors (133g)
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FX48
Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ7
33
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
42
really wide (25mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX48 Vlogging features
Panasonic SZ7 Vlogging features
31
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external microphone port
35
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (133 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Panasonic FX48 vs Panasonic SZ7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic SZ7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FX40 -
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-27 2012-01-09
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-125mm (5.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/3.1-5.9
Macro focus range 5cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.5 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 8 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/3000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 150g (0.33 lb) 133g (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 53 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 99 x 59 x 21mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 220 pictures
Battery style - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $325 $199