Full frame versus cropped sensor…an interesting accessment

[See also my related post: Full Frame, Cropped Sensor and Depth of Field for Dummies…like me]

Since I am toying with the idea of maybe moving to a full frame camera, I found this article very insightful. It has given me great pause in the decision. Here are some of the things I gleaned:

  1. Camera technology has come so far that the real world difference between full frame and cropped sensor is not very much.
  2. Full frame is one stop better in high ISO shooting
  3. Full frame is better in low light
  4. Full frame is better if you print large images trying to squeeze every pixel of data out of a picture you can
  5. Cropped sensor has a 1.5x higher pixel density on a distant subject with the same lens

I would honestly say that I would rarely benefit from the full frame’s advantages. I guess in the end, no matter what format you use, you have to buy fast quality lens.

DX vs FX Again

Full Frame, Cropped Sensor and Depth of Field for Dummies…like me

I was ready to dump my Nikon D7000 for a full-frame Nikon D750 just so I could live the dream of shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh. Yes, I had drunk the Kool-Aid and fallen for the overly simplistic mantra that to get that effect, I had to have a full-frame camera. However, as I researched the widely discussed and hotly debated topic: depth of field, I learned some interesting things. The most important thing I learned is perhaps it’s the lens not so much the camera that matters.

Note: This post is mostly for me to document my novice understanding of this topic, but perhaps it may help others who are also bewildered by the whole discussion. I will be overly simplistic, but that is the best way to begin to understand complex things and I am, self-admittedly, only beginning. However, there will be math involved ;-) Read more