Different sensor sizes compared with each other shows how big Full Frame, APS-H, APS-C (Nikon, Sony Pentax), APS-C (Canon), 1.5-inch, Micro Four Thirds, 1-inch, 1/1.2-inch, 2/3-inch, 1/1.7-inch, 1/2.3-inch and 1/3.2-inch sensors are
Different sensor sizes from Full Frame to 1/3.2-inch compared with each other
Sensor sizes typically used in compact cameras include 1/1.7-inch, 1/2.3-inch and 1/2.7-inch, shown here compared to a Full Frame sensor
Sensor sizes typically used in DSLRs include APS-C (which varies slightly depending on manufacturer) and Full Frame – APS-H is a size between APS-C and Full Frame which has featured in cameras such as the Canon EOS 1D M4
Sensor sizes typically used in higher end compacts such as the Sony RX100, Canon G1 X and the Fujifilm X20 include 1.5-inch, 1-inch and 2/3-inch
Sensor sizes used in mirrorless cameras range from Full Frame to 1/2.3-inch, taking in APS-C, APS-C (Canon) Micro Four Thirds and 1-inch
Ultra high end compact cameras like the Nikon COOLPIX A, Fujifilm X100S and Sony RX1 use either ASP-C or Full Frame sensors
The sensor sizes usually used in smartphones are 1/3.2-inch or 1/3-inch, though the Nokia 808 used a 1/1.2-inch one
The size difference between a Full Frame and APS-C (DX) sensor
The Sony RX100 is a compact camera with a bigger sensor than most
How do different sensor sizes compare with each other?
If the HTC One had a Full Frame sensor rather than a 1/3-inch sensor, it wouldn't fit in your pocket, as this comparison with a Canon 5D Mark III shows
What different-sized sensors – Full Frame, APS-C, MFT, 1-inch, 2/3-inch, 1/2.3-inch, 1/3.2-inch – would have captured if using the same lens to take this photo
The megapixel myth has treated camera manufacturers well over the years, those ever increasing, and often meaningless, numbers have sold millions of cameras. But consumers are getting wise to it. We've all seen dodgy images from high megapixel cameras and know that after a point, megapixels don't matter for most people – a 16 MP compact isn't ever going to be as good as a 12 MP Full Frame DSLR. What does matter is sensor size!
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