Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Panasonic FX48 and Canon SD980 IS side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic FX48 has external dimensions of 95 x 53 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.09 x 0.87″) and weighs 150 g (0.33 lb / 5.29 oz) (including batteries). Canon SD980 IS has external dimensions of 100 x 53 x 23 mm (3.94 x 2.09 x 0.91″) and weighs 150 g (0.33 lb / 5.29 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Canon SD980 IS. Panasonic FX48 is 5mm narrower and 1mm thinner than Panasonic FX48 but they have the same height of 53mm.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Canon SD980 IS.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic FX48 and Canon SD980 IS have exactly the same weight of 150g.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 (Lumix DMC-FX40) nor Canon PowerShot SD980 IS / Digital IXUS 200 IS provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Canon SD980 IS's 3" LCD screen is slightly larger than Panasonic FX48's 2.5" screen.
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.