The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 is mostly gets compared to other super zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX520 HS)

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ3 compared to other super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4) and has a viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (114k dots vs 461k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3 MP vs 9.7 MP) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

Canon PowerShot SX520 HS
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$239

Significant advantages of the SX520 HS (vs the DMC-FZ3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX520 HS (vs the DMC-FZ3)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the SX520 HS and DMC-FZ3

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Standard size (108×68×85 mm)
  • Light weight: 441 g vs 326 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 3.3"