A digital sensor for a full frame DSLR camera is 36 x 24 mm.
The digital sensor for the Panasonic TZ3 is 5.68 x 4.26 mm.
If you had a film camera that used film that small, imagine how the pictures would look as compared to a 35mm film camera.
I have a Nikon N80 (film camera) and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3. I can not afford to buy a digital SLR right now, and my Lumix is making me lose my mind. I am an above-average photographer, and the fact that my digital camera is horrible in various light conditions, is driving me insane (I have played with all the settings, and had sent it back, they replaced 2 parts, but it is still a problem). I have read many reviews and a lot of the compact cameras seem to perform poorly in low light or other light conditions. Thus, I would really appreciate input on a camera that must have the following: a big zoom (minimum of 10X), performs well in all situations, and can be set to produce a 4 X 6 picture (I do print off pictures for albums) and is hopefully less than $400. I would greatly appreciate any input!