Do You Really Need A Full Frame DLSR?

From the Best of Mark Toal

full-frame-sensor-vs-aps-c-comparison The full frame sensors used in DSLRs ostensibly measure the standard 24 x 36mm film standard, the Nikon 600 for example has a 35.9 x 24 mm imaging sensor. The Micro-Four Thirds standard sensor size is 18 × 13.5mm.

So tell me again why you need a full frame digital SLR? Every day more people are realizing that a mirrorless Micro Four-thirds camera can do everything that an APS-C sensor digital SLR can do and almost everything that a full frame digital SLR can produce.


Joe and I both have successfully used Micro Four-thirds cameras for studio work and portraits. Last week a designer I shoot for called and asked me to photograph the latest house she designed. Without hesitation I took my Panasonic Lumix GH3 with the Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH lens and headed out. To make the above photograph I used a flash to bounce a small amount of light into the shadows but otherwise it’s all natural light.

For another look at senor size and making big images, please see Joe’s post ‘Do You Need a Big Sensor for Big Photographs?’ that appeared earlier this month.

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