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Questions tagged [sensor-size]

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

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What is the relationship between sensor size and focal length? [duplicate]

I have a Lumix GH4 and bought the Rokinon 10mm lens for it, hoping to get some ultra wide angle shots. The shots are indeed wide, but nowhere near what I was expecting (I'm getting back into things ...
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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 ...
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Maximum distance between the camera and a specified object when the object is still visible on the picture?

Theoretically, what is the minimum distance between the camera and an object, where the object begins to not be visible ? Suppose that a camera has f as focal distance and the sensor size 2/3" and the ...
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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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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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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...