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Crop Frame vs Full Frame. Which is Better?

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

I’ve been getting so many questions and seen so many people asking about this on various different platforms I figured I would write a post about it. For those of you that don’t know your camera sensor is basically the part of the camera that coverts light into an image. There are two main kinds of sensor- a crop sensor and a full frame sensor.

Differences between full frame and crop sensor. A crop sensor is a sensor that is smaller than the full frame 35mm film frame - Basically a sensor that is smaller. The image below will show you this.

As you can see the term crop means exactly that. So if you got a full frame camera and a cropped frame camera with the same lens- the cropped frame would be more zoomed in (increased focal length) and the full frame would be more zoomed out.

Advantages of using a Full Frame Camera

-Better in low light (can deal with high ISO better)

-Wider than crop sensors so can cater to genres like landscapes and architecture ,ore

-Shallower depth of field

-Better image quality

Advantages of using a Crop Sensor Camera

-Cost effective

-Can be very effective for telelenses more zoomed in photography like wildlife, sports etc

-Can provide similar quality to a full frame sensor for a fraction of the price

Both of these lenses have advantages and disadvantages. You will have to weigh them up to see what is the best one for you. This has always been a hot topic in the photography community. Just remember if you are really going deep into this that what is going to make the biggest difference to your images is the photographer. The camera is nice but the photographer is always going to be what makes the biggest difference!

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