Should you use a full frame or cropped sensor camera for bird photography?

Ralph Lightman
Is it better to use a full frame or APS-C sensor to photograph birds? (Image credit: Ralph Lightman)

Bird photography might be considered a more niche genre, but it has a dedicated community of shooters and provides the nature lovers among us with so many shooting opportunities. Bird species come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and display such a wide array of behaviors to capture – and they can be seen around the world.

Although we've said before that great wildlife photography doesn't need the latest kit, bird photography can still get pretty expensive. For stunning results you'll need one of the best lenses for bird photography, likely a long telephoto lens with a fast maximum aperture. I recently went hands on with the Fujifilm Fujinon XF150-600mm F5.6-8 R LM OIS WR0 and can see it being an amazingly compact birding lens.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.