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 Panasonic LS5 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). Panasonic LS5 has external dimensions of 97 x 62 x 27 mm (3.82 x 2.44 x 1.06″) and weighs 126 g (0.28 lb / 4.44 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic LS5. Panasonic FX48 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 2mm narrower, 9mm shorter and 5mm thinner than Panasonic LS5.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Panasonic LS5.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Panasonic LS5 is significantly lighter (24g ) than the Panasonic FX48 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 (Lumix DMC-FX40) nor Panasonic Lumix DMC-LS5 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
Panasonic LS5's 2.7" 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.