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How can cameras have the same number of megapixels even when the sensor size differs? [duplicate]

The image resolution for the respective megapixels remains the same whether the camera is of medium format or full frame or APS-C or even mobile phones. However the sensor sizes differ in these ...
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Do I need a full-frame camera for low-light photography?

I primarily shoot low-light photos, and I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to the Sony NEX-5R (which has an APS-C sensor) a few months back. However, I find that the low-light performance of the ...
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How to overlay the image scaling based on the user distance & focal length

I'm overlaying images on the cameraView and based on the user input of room width & height. The images are displaying proportionally to width & height ratio. but i need to overlay the images ...
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How can you calculate sensor size?

I was looking at an old question about bigger pixels and whether they make for a better picture here Why and how do "bigger pixels" make a better picture? and one user, Philip Kendall, ...
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Does sensor size impact the diffraction limit of a lens?

My understanding of diffraction, is that with a small aperture the 'airy disk' (which I understand is the pattern light from a given direction relative to the lens will form on passing through the ...
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How does sensor size impact depth of field and diffraction for macro photography?

Macro photographers often stop down to very small apertures to maximize the razor thin depth of field when operating at such close focus distances. Smaller sensors have greater depth of field than ...
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What is crop factor and how does it relate to focal length?

I'm reading that a 50mm lens is recommended as a first prime lens for DSLR owners as it's supposed to give a 'natural' perspective, but when used on (most) DSLRs, the view is cropped, as if you were ...
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So my iPhone 6 camera lens is as wide as my full frame 35mm DSLR lens?

I am trying to understand what is the deal with "full-frame" and what difference it makes, so did a silly test: I sat at my bed and aligned the iPhone 6 camera with the door of the room and took a ...
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Does F number stay the same between 35mm and Medium Format?

Rented a medium format camera to see "what is this medium format look" everyone talks about! and evaluate if it is awesome enough to start saving money for it or not. So my own camera is a Nikon ...
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CCD compared with CMOS [duplicate]

CCD is being replaced with CMOS. I get better pictures with CCD. In a medium format camera the CCD size is bigger than CMOS, it provides more details. The only problem I suffer is CCD produces noise ...
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Which smartphone camera would give better low-light picture results?

Just interested in choosing the right smartphone for lowlight photography I have following contenders. Option 1 has 16 MP, Aperture f/1.8, OIS, with sensor size 1/2.6" and 1.12 μm pixel size Option ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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Does a full frame with a teleconverter perform better than an APS-C without a teleconverter?

Context Putting a teleconverter on a full frame lens magnifies the center of the lens but gives more reach due to that with some drawbacks. I've rediscovered focal reducers that do the opposite, ...
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Why does it seem like large sensors are necessary for good low-light performance?

Phone manufacturers have recently started advertising the size of the photosites on smartphone camera sensors. They argue that larger photosites lead to better low-light performance. I think a good ...
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What camera used the largest EXR sensor, and which one offered the largest EXR pixels?

I learned to appreciate Fuji's EXR sensor technology for travel and reporting photography when I used a Fuji X10. But like with all compact cameras, I feel a larger sensor and / or pixel size would ...
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How does “crop factor” relate to the area of a sensor compared to full frame?

What is meant when someone says that a 1/2.3 sensor has a crop factor of 6.22? How many times the area of a 1/2.3 sensor is a full-frame sensor? Please include plenty of details. Another ...
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If I set my camera to lower resolution, does that mean more sensor area per image pixel?

My camera is the Nikon D3200 and the specs state that it has a Sensor Pixel Area of 14.85µm2 @ 24MP. When i set my camera to JPEG (fine), I have the ability to set the picture size. Would setting it ...
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What does a megapixel designation on a lens actually mean?

I know that in a CMOS sensor the megapixels give you an idea of how many pixels are actually there to capture the light. In terms of a lens however, I cannot find any relation between the megapixels ...
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Is the formula for object image size given focal length, etc. independent of sensor size?

I am trying to figure out how big an object of, say, 50cm height at 100m distance and 600mm focal length would appear on a camera's sensor. The ubiquitous formula object size in image = focal length ...
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Other than the vignetting, what am I missing by using my Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX on an FX camera?

I recently upgraded from Nikon D3200 (DX) to Nikon D750 (FX). I had the the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 DX lens - which now I have started using with the D750 I have read everywhere that the DX lenses use just ...
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Why are larger sensors better at low light?

The top answer of What point and shoots are good in low light conditions? says that (1) a fast lens/wide aperture (2) reasonable ISO 400+ handling and (3) a large sensor when put together are critical ...
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Sony Full Frame E Mount Sensor Corners

Context I've seen the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D750 and A7R before. The sensor placement of the Nikon and Canon reveals the whole sensor if you look "down" the mount on the camera. On the A7r though ...
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Is there a benefit to using a FX body when using DX Lenses?

I have a Nikon DX D3200 and I want to switch to an FX Nikon D610. I know I can use my DX lenses on the FX body and I don't have enough money to replace them with FX lenses. Both bodies are 24MP but ...
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Why is FF sharper than crop body for the same framing of the same object?

Take an FF body and a crop body, with similar MP rating - and the FF body will give a sharper image of the same object. At least, that seems to be the case - as here: ...
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How do you determine the acceptable Circle of Confusion for a particular photo?

I've noticed that several online and/or downloadable Depth of Field Calculators use different values for the acceptable CoC (Circle of Confusion) for some of the same camera models/sensor sizes. This, ...
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How do you calculate the focal multiplier of a non-full frame camera?

I'm currently using a Sony RX100 Mark 3 camera and want to buy a Canon 6D + 24-105 F4 L lens from an online retailer, which is not in my country. (before continuing I'd like to state that there are ...
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Can a teleconverter make lenses designed for a “crop” sensor cover full frame?

I have a crop lens. Can I fill a full-frame sensor adding an appropriate tele converter (focal length extender? Specifically, I have a 1/2" C-mount lens and terrible vignetting on a full frame camera. ...
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What's better image quality; full frame with Canon 400mm 5.6L plus 1.4 extender, OR, cropped frame with same lens?

I am about to upgrade to a Canon 7D for my birding using my 400mm 5.6L lens. With the 1.6 crop factor sensor that gives (roughly) a magnification factor equivalent to my other option, a Canon 5D mkII ...
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DoF app: should I round the image format/width up or down?

The DoF app I have calls for the sensor width to be set. The specs for my Sony α33 say the image format is 23.4 x 15.6mm. Do I dial-in the 23.4 or the closest to it? If I must go slightly ...
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When you set a lower image size, are you using the whole sensor size or just a portion of it? Could it even affect depth of field?

I am trying to increase the depth of field on my shots. Since a smaller sensor size could get me a wider DoF, I wonder if reducing image size (keeping same aspect ratio) is equivalent to reducing ...
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Can I calculate my phone's sensor size from f-stop, focal length, max aperture, or other metadata? [duplicate]

Could I work out sensor size of my phone from these info: F-stop= f/2.6 , focal length = 3mm, max aperture = 2.8 and others info like: resolution unit, exposure time?
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Why and how do “bigger pixels” make a better picture?

This is going off of today's iPhone 5S announcement, when Phil Schiller said that "bigger pixels" is the key to a better picture. What does this mean? Is it true or just a marketing ploy?
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Camera sensor size vs pixel size and focal length [closed]

I've already seen the answer about the crop factor. I'm writing a small software for motion tracking (from two cameras, videos) in 3D space and research. To do that, I need some information about ...
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How does sensor size affect the brightness of an image given the same field of view and aperture?

Lets say we have two image sensors, each one with 1MPixel resolution but differing in size. The first sensor has the size 1/3", the other one 1". Each sensor is equipped with a suitable lens (for the ...
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Quilted/Tiled Image Sensor: How do you eliminate stripes of missing photos in huge quilted sensors?

Background: This question is largely inspired by one of the answers in: What limits the size of digital imaging sensors? So the answer mentions uber-large image sensors that are made by "quilting" or ...
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How can I know the focal length and sensor size of my webcam?

I have this webcam: QHM495LM WEB CAMERA and I need to know its focal length and its sensor size, but in the specs of the webcam, it only gives me this information: • Inbuilt sensitive microphone and ...
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What full frame lens for my new FX camera would be nearest to 18-105mm on my old DX-format D7000?

I've just gone 'up' to a full frame camera, the D610. Now I have to buy all new lenses. Which would be the nearest to my old 18-105mm that I had on my cropped D7000?
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Will the Sony FDR-AX100 really be better in low light than the Sony FDR-AX33, even though the latter has a faster lens?

I see that Sony FDR-AX100's lens has opens at f/2.8 while Sony FDR-AX33's lens opens at f/1.8 I am often doing photos (Canon 6D) or videos in places where a f/1.8 lens would be a great advantage over ...
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Why does a bigger sensor lead to a shallower depth of field?

It has been mentioned at a few places that a larger sensor results in images with a shallower depth of field. Example image: APS-C Canon 30D left, FF Canon 5D right, same lens, same composition, ...
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How can a super tiny iPhone 6 Plus lens produce significant DOF?

According to Apple specs the iPhone 6 Plus thickness is 0.28 inch (7.1 mm) and the lens length is only a part of that. And according to an article I found, Depth of Field is a function of "aperture ...
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Will using a DX lens on an FX Body compromise ISO performance? [duplicate]

In terms of ISO, is the ISO performance compromised? Say I was using a 50mm DX on my FX body, would I have a lower quality ISO performance vs an FX 50mm on my FX body?
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For the same attainable sensitivity, how does DOF depend on sensor size? [duplicate]

It's well known that all other settings being the same, larger sensor translates into a shallower DOF. However, for the same number of pixels, doubling linear size of the sensor size would quadruple ...
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Does the crop factor affect the field of view (FOV)? [duplicate]

I'm working on smartphone cameras. I want calculate Field Of View of different smartphone cameras using the formula : FOV = 2 arctan(SensorSize/2f) where: f is the focal length sensor size is the ...
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Is there a “special look” to images from large sensors that can't be replicated with a smaller one?

A popular statement in the world of photography is that there is a "special look" to images captured with larger sensors/film formats that you simply can't get from smaller sensors. I fail to see that ...
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Is it true that cameras with larger sensors are more likely to mis-focus under low light?

I use a Sony NEX-5R, and my single biggest problem with the camera is that it often mis-focuses under low light. I shoot a lot of low-light photos, and I work around it by using manual focus. I have ...
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Can I reproduce a photo taken with a larger sensor by converting camera settings to their equivalents?

I was going through Flickr looking at photos taken with a Canon SL1 and came across a cityscape photo taken at night with a very dark sky. The photo is beautiful. Using the kit lens, the settings ...
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How to estimate camera sensor size?

I am using a smartphone for capturing photos and I need to estimate the camera sensor size (mm*mm). I have the resolution (in pixels) and the focal length (in pixels). I can also measure the size of ...
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How do Micro 4/3s cameras compare with DSLR cameras?

What are the major (and perhaps more subtle) differences between the newer Micro 4/3s format in comparison to the well-established DSLR cameras? What are the pros and cons of the Micro 4/3s format, ...
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What is the real focal length of the Lytro Illum

According to Lytro, the Illum Light-field camera will have a 30-250mm equivalent focal length with a constant f/2.0 aperture. What is the actual focal length of the camera? Or, What is the sensor ...
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What differences between point and shoot zoom versus DSLR zoom cause the price disparity?

I'm just getting into the world of photography, stepping up from a point-and-shoot. I've just purchased a Nikon D3100 and it should be here in a couple of days. I've done lots of research, but ...