Full Frame vs Micro Four-Thirds

By February 16, 2019 March 5th, 2019 cameras, Creativity, General, Reviews, Suggestions, Techniques, Tips

If we talk about camera, its sensor size is the most important factor that we keep in mind while getting a new one. So, today let’s compare two of the most used sensor sizes in the camera industry, i.e., Full Frame and Micro Four-Thirds.

There are many factors depending upon which we can see different performance of both the sensors. Micro Four-Thirds is relatively new to market as compared to the full frame and has proved to be a better performer in many of the cases. Let’s have a look at different factors:

Crop Factor

Full frame camera has 35mm sensor while sensor of Micro Four-Thirds have a crop factor of 2. This crop factor basically defines the frame that you are going to capture in the camera. Larger the crop factor, smaller is your frame.

Focal Length

The focal length is directly proportional to the crop factor of your camera’s sensor. Like if you mount a 35 mm lens on a Full Frame, it will give you the designated 35 mm frame but if you mount the same lens on a Micro Four-Thirds then, it will multiply the crop factor of 2 with 35 mm and will give you 70 mm focal length. This is a really important factor that gives Micro Four-Thirds a upper hand in the comparison.

Low Light Performance

Full Frame cameras have better dynamic range and thus, produce better images even in the low light. In comparison, the Micro Four-Thirds doesn’t have the power to create as much detail in the low lighting conditions as the Full Frame which makes Full Frame to be recognised as the Industry Standard and Professional Work.

Overall, it completely depends on your usage- what kind of shots you want to capture, in what conditions and whether outdoors or indoors. Full Frame for sure gives you a high end product, but you can’t deny the fact that Micro Four-Thirds can also give you the similar quality but with few limitations. Micro Four-Thirds are comparatively more affordable and are not bulky at all which enables more people to try their hands at a good quality product.

~ Sulekha Sonal

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