The Panasonic FZ48 has a 24x optical zoom lens that equates to a wideangle 25mm through to a long-reaching 600mm equivalent. As well as POWER OIS image stabilisation to reduce camera shake, Panasonic's latest Nano Surface Coating covers the front glass to reduce reflective qualities and therefore produce pictures with less ghosting and flare.
Behind the scenes is a 12.1MP CCD sensor, which is a lower resolution than the previous FZ45 model's 14.1MP version. It would seem that Panasonic is taking note of the current limitations of imaging sensors and not overpopulating the sensor with unneeded pixels in a bid to improve final image quality that's still of a significant enough output size for the purpose of enlargement. The latest sensor has a higher transfer processing speed and this makes Full HD 1080i movie capture possible at 50 fields per second.
F2.8 LEICA DC Lens with Nano Surface Coating Technology and Hi-speed CCD, Full HD Video (1080i) with Higher Transfer Processing Speed CCD, POWER O.I.S. Active Mode Supressing Hand-shake Blur in Video Recording, Creative Video Mode, Creative Control and Photo Style, Sonic Speed AF, iA Mode and 3D Photo Mode