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Full Frame Cameras vs Crop Sensor Cameras

July 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

If you’re in the market for a DSLR you have two main options:
1.  A full frame camera
2.  APS-C camera


Full Frame Sensor:

This is a digital camera that has an image sensor the same size as 35mm.  A larger sensor means higher quality images.  You can print larger sizes with a more sophisticated sensor.  When shooting with a full frame camera you’re able to get more in the field of view as you can see from the picture below

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Since  full frame cameras are more costly than APS-C cameras, full frames are most used by professional photographers, photographers who whose occupation IS photography.  As always there are exceptions.  If one can afford a full frame camera and they believe having one will help them improve their photography then by all means purchase one.  However, having the most sophisticated camera won’t make you a professional.  You need to understand how to use a camera:


--Where to stand to get the photo.
--What is the “rule of thirds?”
--And so much more.




There is so much to understand about photography and simply purchasing the most sophisticated camera won’t help you produce pro style photos if you don’t know the intricacies of photography such as those listed above.


If you're already invested in the second camera type:

APS-C with lenses that will only fit that camera type then you have to decide whether it is worth giving up those lenses to upgrade.


APS-C cameras

This digital camera crops an image as can be seen from the above image. Cropping your photo also magnifies it drawing you closer to your subject.  If you tend to lean toward nature and wildlife photography, a crop sensor camera might make more sense for the above reason, that the focal length is increased over full frame cameras.  In other words, the crop sensor brings you closer to your subject.  You can use full frame lenses on crop sensor cameras.  But you can’t use crop sensor lenses on full frame cameras.  If you have any “crop” lenses, you may want to consider whether moving to full frame is the right thing to do.  According to some sites I’ve used to complete this column today,  APS-C cameras focus closer on a subject than full frame cameras do.  I can give an example of this:
When you are up close to a subject and attempt to photograph that subject, your camera will focus before the shutter is depressed.  The closer you are, the longer it will take for the camera to focus and take that picture.  According to the reviewed sites I’ve seen they have said that an APS-C camera will focus sooner than a full frame camera.


APS-C cameras are less expensive and it is a good place to start your photography journey.  In the end, it is a decision for each photographer to make on their own.



In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.


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