Questions tagged [sensor-size]

This tag refers to to physical size of a camera's sensor.

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Is there any camera with a square sensor?

For creators who wants to make videos for platforms like IGTV and youtube as examples you have two totally different formats. Portrait and landscape. You could obviously crop a video or photo from ...
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Since larger pixels increase depth of field and sensitivity, why don't we have large sensors with a low number of pixels?

If I understood correctly, the DoF (all other parameters fixed) increases with the pixel surface. So to have a high sensitivity together with a deep DoF, why don't we just have big pixels (and thus ...
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How to calculate Sensor Pixel Pitch?

I need to compute the “Sensor Pixel Pitch (in mm/px)” for some calculation. I have the following data available from the manufacturer: Resolution: 1920x1200 Sensor Type: 2/3” CMOS Pixel size: 4.8 x ...
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Effect of increasing sensor size or focal length on resolution of target object

Suppose I have a camera of sensor size 8mmx8mm, optical class (2/3)" with a compatible lens of also (2/3)". The focal length of my lens is fixed (say 8mm), and the distance to my target object is also ...
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Is the Nikon D7200 a significant upgrade to a Canon Rebel T3?

Is the Nikon D7200 a significant upgrade to a Canon Rebel T3? I've read and compared all the specs so no need to rehash those. I am just wondering will I notice an improvement in the quality of my ...
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Clarification for Effect of Pixel Size on Depth of Field [duplicate]

from Wikipedia (depth of field). According to the depth of field (DOF) fomula, the DOF is linearly proportional to the circle of confusion (C), in which C is also linearly proportional to the pixel ...
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What does sensor size 1/5.8" mean? [duplicate]

In this review of phone cameras I came across one data point that intrigued me: They appear to write the sensor size as a fraction, in this example 1/5.8". What exactly does that mean? My hypothesis ...
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Will a full frame camera reduce noise vs. my Canon T7i for high school wrestling and football?

I’m looking to get my first Canon full frame. I mostly take photos of high school wrestling and night football. I would like to stay around $1000. Currently I have a T7i. Is there any advice as to ...
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Will a larger sensor provide better video quality?

I am looking for a mid-range camcorder which can shoot at least somewhat better videos than a phone (like Samsung S6). While searching for camcorders, I came across the Panasonic HC-V777 and Sony ...
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What is wrong with this photo? [closed]

I just got a new camera (Panasonic ZS60) and I've been running into a few problems/questions while testing. Mostly it seems like leaves have a low-resolution, watercolor-like appearance in low-light ...
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What is 'sensor height?'

The accepted answer to the question, How do I calculate the distance of an object in a photo?, refers to sensor height. What is sensor height and how do find/calculate it in this context? I'm using a ...
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42.8mm on Nikon COOLPIX P7700 > 55mm on Canon EOS 77D? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon COOLPIX P7700 and because it has been losing function due to wear and tear after 6 years, and I wanted a better zoom range for wildlife, I decided to get a Canon 77D DSLR so I could get ...
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How does sensor size affect minimum front element size for a given f-stop and focal length?

Does the sensor size affect the needed size of the front element given a focal length and f-stop? My intuition tells me that a bigger image circle would require a bigger front element to maintain the ...
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Is crop or full frame sensor best for macro work

I have been asked to recomend a camera to another person and they mentioned that they would like to do macro photography. Assuming the same lens. Is it best to recomend a full frame or a crop sensor ...
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Should sensor size trump all other aspects when deciding between cameras?

I'm wrecking my brain trying to decide between a Sony A6000 and an Olympus OM D M10 mark ii. I have been to the shop to check out both of them, and I like the look and feel of the Olympus, and I've ...
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Is there a noticeable difference in image quality between Micro Four Thirds and APS-C entry-level DSLR cameras?

I am thinking about either buying a Nikon d3400 (APS-C or an Olympus OM-D EM-10 mkii (M4/3). In principle I would prefer the Olympus, as it is much smaller and could fit in a jacket pocket. However ...
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How can I compute the size of the camera sensor which is involved in recording video

THe resolution of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is 5472 x 3648 pixels.Sensor width = 13.20 mm, Sensor height = 8.80 mm, aspect ratio=1.5. However, when taking videos the resolution changes to 1,920 ...
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Why do lenses for larger sensors tend to have shallower angles?

Why do different (mirrorless) cameras + provided lenses all seem to end up with a 24 mm 35-mm-equivalent focal length? The fixed-lens Canon Powershot G5X has a 1" sensor (actually 8.80 mm high) with ...
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Why are there no digital large format photographic imaging sensors using the TFT technology from medical x ray imaging?

Recently I witnessed an x ray imaging of an entire thorax, and I was pretty sure it was a film cassette with analogue film that was used, but was taught that it was a digital sensor. This sensor had ...
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Does any particular digital sensor size have an advantage for projection?

I presently shoot with slide film and project the images. I am considering digital. I would like to continue projecting the images via TV or digital projector. Which sensor would perform better for ...
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Does sensor size matter when I'll be cropping the image anyway?

Background I like taking photos of formula 1 cars. I try and sit close to corners where they're going as slow as possible; this means sitting about 100m/330ft away from cars going 100kph/60mph. I'm ...
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Is there really a difference between crop and FF sensors anymore in regards to pic quality? [duplicate]

It seem to me that everything is a numbers game. Better lens better ISO technologies better more modern camera etc etc. These days a canon 80D ...Is it really that much different picture quality then ...
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Do f-stops scale with sensor size the way focal length does?

Does the aperture rating scale with sensor size the way focal length does? For example, is a 25mm 1.2 MFT lens equivalent to a 50mm 1.2 FF lens or to a 50mm 2.0 FF lens?
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How does an iPhone 7 take 4K and slow motion videos? [closed]

Even some good compact cameras at around $400 range cannot take a 4K and slow motion, so does an iPhone with small sensor that is generally prone to noise shooting 4K now? A small sensor should ...
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6D or 80D for upgrade from 100D? [closed]

I am about to buy a new camera. I stepping up from a Canon 100D. I mainly focusing on portrait, fashion and street photography. 100D done well so far as a hobbyist but I really feel the need to step ...
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Does sensor size always matter in all situations?

I recently bought a Canon SX720 camera which has the sensor size 1/2.3". It's probably the smallest sensor size. Some good camera smartphones such as Apple's 7 Plus has got 1/3" sensor. Does that mean ...
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How to calculate the size of object in pixels, knowing the camera properties and distance? [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate the size of an object in pixels in an image, when I have these information: x * y = the size of the real object in meters q = the quality of the image in ppi d = the distance ...
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Why the highest resolution on smartphones is obtained for 4:3 aspect ratio?

The max rectangle area that can be enclosed in a circle is actually a square. This means that ideally a 1:1 aspect-ratio sensor would be able to collect more information than any other aspect ratio ...
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Focal length equivalence in Sony lenses E vs FE vs compact

I think I almost get the concept of equivalence and the fact that a 70mm lens mounted on a full-frame body is not the same as 70mm on aps-c sensor. Let's work with some concrete examples: Sony A7 II ...
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More pixels or larger pixels? (the case of A7S II and A7R II) [duplicate]

The Sony A7r II has 42.4 (effective) Megapixels with a pixel area of 20.33µm2; and the Sony A7s II has 12.2 (effective) Megapixels with a pixel area of 70.55µm2. (both are FF camera's) That is, ...
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Intuition regarding focal length; can one learn/train this?

My main go-to equipment: Sony A7s II, Sony FE 55mm f1.8 and Sony FE 16mm-35mm f4. Within this range of focal length I have quite a good feel for what picture is at what focal length. I recently ...
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Do full frame sensors have a higher exposure? [duplicate]

I was reading a piece on the comparison of APS-C to full frame sensors. In this article, it mentioned that full frame sensors can have larger individual "photo sites", and can therefore capture more ...
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How can I calculate sensor size (width and height) from focus length, vertical, and horizontal angle of view?

How to calculate sensor size (width/height) when knowing focus length, vertical & horizontal angle view (FOV)?
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When comparing camera sensors, what does [x] µm Pixel mean, and what does it say about image quality

In this article (sorry its german) I read about camera sensors. They show values like 1,4 µm Pixel, or 1,55 Pixel. What does this mean, and how is it related to sensor size? If I got it right, a ...
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How are 16:9 images taken on a sensor with physical dimensions ratio 4:3?

I was using a Zenmuse Z3 (https://www.dji.com/zenmuse-z3) camera mounted on a drone to record HD video (1280x720). However, when I opened it up and verified with the sensor specs (available here - ...
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How does the smaller mirror in APS-C cameras offer these advantages?

As Wikipedia says here The smaller mirror used in APS-C cameras also allows optical elements to protrude further into the camera body, which enhances the possibilities for wide angle and very wide ...
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Why use larger format cameras for studio photography?

Recently, I did a lot of studio photography (read: improvised hobbyist studio) using an APS-C camera (Pentax K-30). I don't see any major limitations due to the body. However, larger formats like ...
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What matters for low light performance?

I really enjoy taking pictures at night, however my current point and shoot is not quite cutting it, so I'm looking to step up to a DSLR. I've mostly been looking at Canon's Rebel line and have read ...
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Large Sensor vs Large Aperture [closed]

Both increasing the sensor size and increasing the aperture size (in terms of f-stop) increases low light performance and decreases depth of field. Given, say, an equivalent of a full frame and f/1.8 ...
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If I select lenses to give the same framing on APS-C and full frame, would I get the same DoF at the same aperture?

As far as I understand DoF is dependent on how far away you are from the photographed obect, and because with different sensor sizes you have to choose a different distance between you and the object ...
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What significant improvement will I get if I upgrade to Canon EOS 6D from EOS APSC 600D?

I already have Canon EOS 600D and I am thinking of upgrading Camera now after 5 years but I am confused over Canon 6D which is a bit costlier for me and the newer Canon EOS 80D which is in my budget. ...
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Grain and noise: will full frame solve this?

I have a Canon 600D with a Canon 70-200 f/4L (non IS). Now, when it's sunny and bright the images are splendid, but as soon as it becomes a tad cloudy and gray, noise and grain starts to become ...
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Will using a full frame lens with extension tubes on a crop sensor camera reduce the “crop”?

The question Will a macro extension tube eliminate the cropping of an APS-C lens on a full-frame sensor? is certainly related, though I'm not sure if it's a duplicate. As a follow up to my recent ...
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Do I need to worry about crop factor or sensor size when comparing wide angle lenses for the same camera?

I want to upgrade my wide angle lens to wider, but I don't understand well which lens will give me wide enough angle. I have Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 18-70mm, but I'm thinking of upgrade Tokina 11-16 or ...
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I am getting a complete vignetting on my new canon 6D but only with the 18-270mm lens

I had been using the Tamron 18-270mm lens with my old canon rebel camera and it worked just fine; but now I have the canon 6D camera and when I use it with the same lens it comes out with a complete ...
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Will stepping back and using an FX lens on a DX body get the same “look” as the same lens on an FX body?

Using 85mm as an example, how can I get the same "85mm look" (shot on a FX camera with an 85mm FX lens) on a DX camera with the same 85mm FX lens?? I know a 58mm FX lens (87mm DX equiv), shot from ...
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Does say a 35mm on an APS-C camera have the same facial/other deformations as a 35mm? [duplicate]

I am about to purchase a 35mm (Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX) for my APS-C camera, to get the equivalent of a 50mm lens. I want to use it for portraiture a bit, but I'm worried the facial deformations will ...
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Would APS-C be better for shooting wildlife?

Considering the magnification effect of APS-C sensors, they theoretically have to extend the zoom range of telephoto lenses. Accordingly, would it be wiser to use an APS-C camera for shooting wildlife ...
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Would it be possible to make a 36×36 mm “full frame” sensor?

since all lenses are round, full frame cameras' sensors can be 36 × 36 millimeters. Correct? Is it possible, and if so, why it has not been done yet? Would that qualify it as medium format?
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Will a DX lens have severe vignetting on a 20x20mm?

I'm going to work with a camera, a Photron AX100, which has a non-standard 20.48x20.48 mm sensor, but has an f-mount bayonet for lenses. I was wondering if it would work with DX lenses without ...