Beginners’ Guide to Sensor Size

Sensor size, large format vs full format vs APS-C. Does it really matter? Does ‘bigger is better’ apply when it comes down to sensor size? What are the costs? Mike Bell answers all these questions and explains the various sensor sizes

Beginners are often puzzled by the fact that some landscape photographers still use film. There are many reasons for this choice but one of the strongest is that film is available in larger sizes than digital sensors. A sheet of large format film is 5x4 inches (127x102mm) which gives it an area of 12,954 mm2 which is 15 times larger than that of a frame of 35mm film or a full frame sensor. Obviously it can potentially capture more detail than any readily available digital camera can hope to. Does that mean that size always matters and that digital shooters should choose the biggest digital sensor they can afford? The simple answer is…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 44 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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