If you’re just after quick snapshots, then the FZ48 generally performs ok.
We did find the lens to be a bit soft, especially when at the wider settings of its focal range.
The FZ48 delivers the best results at low ISO settings (ISO 200) and at a medium focal length and aperture (f/7.1).
The camera does, however, tend to struggle with direct sunlight.
In high-contrast scenes the FZ48’s limited dynamic range often leads to blown highlights.
Macro mode is very impressive – we especially like the 3x Macro zoom. Again, exposure metering has lost some highlight detail though.
We did find the Standard ‘Photo Style’ does deliver somewhat muted colour.
At ISO 800 and above saturation levels drop quite dramatically, leading to flat-looking images.
Score in detail
Design & Features 8
Image Quality 7
Build Quality 8