Camera sensor sizes are stupid

Sony A7R IV
(Image credit: Sony)

I was happy until I started really thinking about digital camera sensors. From full-frame mirrorless cameras to APS-C compact cameras, I opened pandora's box, and what was inside... I did not like it. I write about cameras all day, and many reading this will be able to just switch off and think, 'hey, this doesn’t actually matter' – and I envy you.

Camera sensor sizes are a chaotic mess of names and numbers based on minor precedents set by film types and formats from decades ago. With digital cameras, you would think this was a chance to have a rebirth, reset the system and create a universal sensor-size utopia. No, instead camera makers doubled down on the naming pandemonium, leaving us with our current disarray.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.