Where you will *really* see the difference between the LX3 and FZ28 etc. is in the images, particularly when you have to edit the images, and especially when you crop them. The quality from the tiny 1/2.33 sensor of the FZ28 will deteriorate rapidly, whereas the LX3 will hold up much better. More to the point, though, the LX3 will be an ideal pocket landscape camera, and the FZ28 a superzoom camera - and there's no comparison at all in the target audience/application.
dalethorn, thanks for your views, which I found so compelling that I decided I would get the LX3 instead of the FZ28 after all -- until I saw some compelling FZ28 demo shots on these websites:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-c ... MC-FZ28/p5
(FZ28 ISO performance)
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-c ... MC-FZ28/p6
(FZ28 detail & lens performance)
http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-c ... MC-FZ28/p7
(FZ28 exposure evaluation)
(dazzling artistic FZ18 photos!)
(sharp colorful FZ28 photos)
(FZ18 vs. FZ28 at high ISO)
I'm impressed by what I'm seeing from the FZ28, and it is a noticeable improvement over the FZ18 (which was rated as the best superzoom available when it first came out). Seeing what people are doing with the FZ28 has cured me of the desire to run out and get the LX3.
You are an experienced and knowledgeable digital photographer, and I respect that greatly. It's very likely that as a total newcomer to digital photography, I don't see the flaws that you see when you look at the same pictures I do -- but that's really my point -- I'm not yet at the stage where I can appreciate the difference in performance between the LX3 and the FZ28. I might be convinced by side-by-side comparison shots, but aside from that, I already like what I see from the FZ28. I think it would be a great first camera for me, and I think it's performance is more than adequate for photographs which will be posted on business-oriented websites. Do you agree?