Full frame sensor size explained: exploit its advantages for pro-quality pictures

Full frame sensor size explained: exploiting its advantages for pro-quality pictures

How a full frame sensor affects your pictures

 

The increased size of a full frame sensor affects the look of your photos in a number of subtle ways. It’s not just about megapixels!

How a full frame sensor affects your pictures: image quality

01 Image quality
Full-frame photos tend to have better fine detail and dynamic range than images shot on a DX-format SLR. With the right subject and conditions, the quality advantage becomes obvious.

 

How a full frame sensor affects your pictures: sense of depth

02 A sense of depth
The shallower depth of field you get when shooting with full frame cameras gives pictures a strong sense of depth. This can be a nuisance in landscape photography, when you want maximum depth of field.

 

How a full frame sensor affects your pictures: low light photography

03 Low light photography
If the megapixels are the same, a full frame camera will deliver better results at high ISO settings. A camera like the Nikon D4’s performance is staggering. You have to blow the images up a long way before ISO noise becomes visible.

Why big photosites are better

 

Your full frame sensor’s photosites are the key to its performance and the quality of your pictures. Click on our infographic below to expand the file and learn why big photosites are better…

Full frame sensors: why big photosites are better

PAGE 1: What is full frame?
PAGE 2: Lens loyalties with full frame
PAGE 3: Why the depth of field is different
PAGE 4: How to shoot with a full frame sensor
PAGE 5: How a full frame sensor affects your pictures
PAGE 6: Pros and cons of using a full frame sensor

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