Camera Sensor Size Explained

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Every single digital camera has a digital sensor of some sort, expensive cameras have large sensors and the cheapest cameras tend to have the smallest sensors available. In this video we discuss how sensor size influences your photos & videos so you can easily decide whether upgrading to a more professional camera is worth it for you.




Uhn Lucky says:

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Ron Levy says:

too many statements here that are confusing…how does bigger sensor size give you more depth of field??? that is a lens and focus attribute. Same when you say bigger sensor gives you a "higher quality bokeh" — that again is a lens attribute. Also, how does a bigger sensor give you a "stronger signal"??? too vague. I think you mean more information in the pixel…for better dynamic range…my God, you've mixed up a lot of terms here…

Ramon Castillo says:

This is the super informative thanks bro

ExplodingAppl3s says:

I say no to the music, but useful info

Birdman says:

Do you use filters and do you have any vid's on their use?

Max Miesen says:

But BMPCC4K has Micro Four Thirds and it has pretty high dynamic range and low light performance because of the dual ISO

K.V. Ganesan. says:

It was very helpful…thanks..

Antonio Jimenez says:

well done. very streamlined and informative video.

Nina Daon says:

You explain so well. Anyone could understood you.

Andy Scusting says:

Before digital cameras , there was 35 m m film , 6 by 6 centimetre and 5 by 4 inch camera film which which gave us good , better and best clarity photos .

erics vids says:

Hi can you explain y nikon cool pix p1000 has the smallest sensor on your list and is not a cheap camera one of there cheaper models has the 1 inch sensor being 700pounds cheaper I have also noticed that the more powerful the optical zoom the smaller the sensor so its not about being cheap camera or expensive camera can you exsplain please

Shini Dei says:

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Francine Portelance says:

Thank you, you explain very well..

Ram Bow says:

How many pixels is real life?

Ram Bow says:

Smaller sensors need better quality lenses that are preferably larger in size too.

Damian Bloodstone says:

Good Video. For the first time, I think I understand sensor size. Thanks.

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Kyle Kushner says:

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App Dev says:

I think you kind of skipped over the DOF issue relating to sensor size by just saying "Performance". We could have used more examples and more clear explanations.

Lee-Roy Day says:

Lel Perth and Curtin 😉 love it, great video. Cheers!

Axel Alexson says:

Nice but I have to add that depth of field (DOF) does not correlate with sensor size. The picture you had on offer is not the same settings. It might be the same Focal length lens and the same aperture, but it is not the same distance from the subject.

Physics dictates DOF. The parameters of the DOF in physics are focal length, aperture, and distance to the subject. How big your screen/sensor behind those optical elements are will not change DOF. If you would use all the same settings including distance to the subject it would have the same DOF and same bokkeh.

What you did was move further to compensate for the crop factor. It is clear from the angles between the prime subject and background on the photo that your distance to the prime subject has changed, which changed the DOF. The was to properly demonstrate this is to make the same photo at the same distance with the same settings. Then crop the full frame to a smaller sensor. Compare those two pictures and your DOF will be exactly the same. (Even if you don't crop your full frame image the DOF will be exactly the same but it is easier to see)

So saying that sensor size affects DOF is wrong. Sensor size affects your image size. Trying to frame the image similarly on a smaller canvas/sensor is what changes your DOF. But doing so also changes the distances and angles between subjects so it really isn't the same image, now is it?

TLDR: Sensor size wont change your DOF at the same settings, but changing the distance to the subject to compensate for the crop factor will (It will also change the composition from closer and further away subjects as well as the angles between them)

David Lalrammawia says:

What is the difference between cmos sensor and Aps-c sensor?

Snurph says:

Don't smaller sensors actually have a better depth of field?

Cody vlogs says:

Thank you for this! I did not understand sensor resolution/size at all until I watched this.

jesuisravi says:

double plus good explanation

Titch Reinhardt says:

I purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 because their site showed it as having a large 1" sensor. I have subsequently discovered that the information is totally misleading, as the sensor is in fact a lot smaller than 1" diagonal. When I asked Panasonic to explain, I was sent pages of technical jargon showing where and how the 1" sensor was sized and that it is only CALLED that. I now have a good camera, but with a sensor much smaller than I was led to believe.

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