8 Non-Full Frame Cameras That Are A-OK for Professional Photographers

These APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras prove that non-full frame cameras are more than good enough for pro use.

Over the last few years, Full Frame has become a buzz term in the photography world. The sad thing is that there is a growing belief that if professional photographers use anything other than Full-Frame cameras, then they aren’t really a pro. That, my friends, is a bunch of nonsense. Professional photographers can get the best out of any camera regardless of sensor size. There are many non-Full Frame cameras on the market, specifically APS-C and Micro Four Thirds (and Medium Format, but that’s for another article) which are more than suitable for professional photographers and professional use. The non-Full Frame cameras we will share with you after the break prove you don’t need to have a Full-Frame camera to be a pro and get beautiful images.

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We’ve Finished a Big Update to Our Full Frame Sony E Mount Lens Guide

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Our Full Frame Sony E Mount lens guide is one of the most comprehensive guides you’ll find online.

If you’re a Sony camera user, you know just how blessed you are when it comes to the number of lens choices you have. Sony has worked hard to build up it’s E Mount platform over the last few years. They have also worked diligently with third-party manufacturers like Zeiss, Rokinon, Tokina, and Tamron too. Sony has made it so that that their users have the most extensive selection of lenses available to them. Over the years, we too have worked hard on providing you with real-world reviews on these lenses so that you may make more informed purchasing decisions. We’re happy to say we have just completed a massive update to our Full Frame Sony E Mount lens guide. Head past the break for more details. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Hyperfocal Distance Tables for Full Frame and APS-C Cameras

The hyperfocal distance lets you maximize depth of field to get nearby objects and distant horizons sharp. This photography cheat sheet and tutorial will show you how.

If you’re into landscape photography, one of the techniques you may have heard about is using hyperfocal distance to take full control of the depth of field. This technique is popular among landscape photographers as it allows you to keep as much of the scene in focus. Today’s photography cheat sheet and tutorial from Digital Camera World teach us how to maximize the depth of field using a handy hyperfocal distance table for both Full Frame cameras and APS-C cameras.

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Is Panasonic Feeling the Heat in the Full Frame Mirrorless Race?

Recent price drops on the S1 and S1R suggest Panasonic is struggling.

The Full Frame camera market (up until about five years ago) was dominated by Canon and Nikon. Sony decided they wanted a piece of the Full Frame cake and they came in and shook things up. Canon and Nikon are now lucky if they get some crumbs these days. It was a bit of a shock when Panasonic announced they were branching out from their Micro Four-Thirds ways with the Full Frame Mirrorless S1 and the beastly S1R. Nobody knew quite what to expect. The Panasonic cameras are pretty great. However, recent price drops suggest Panasonic can’t even get near to the cake, let alone have any crumbs. Continue reading…

5 Affordable Full Frame Cameras for Professional Photographers

A follow up was requested by a reader who told us that Full Frame cameras can be just as cheap as the APS-C cameras we mentioned in another roundup.

After a recent post about APS-C cameras that are used by professional photographers, we were contacted by a reader who wanted to point out that there are Full Frame cameras that can be picked up for around the same price as the most expensive APS-C cameras we listed. This is indeed true, but there are few to choose from. However, if Full Frame cameras are the ultimate goal for you, but you don’t want to shell out much more than $1,500, the Full Frame cameras in this roundup are worth checking out. We’ll take a look at five affordable Full Frame cameras after the break.

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Why the Tiny, Full Frame Sigma FP Could Be a Game Changer

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The Sigma FP is touted as being the world’s smallest Full Frame camera, and it comes packed with features that could be game-changing.

Just a few short weeks ago, Sigma announced that they were going to release an incredibly tiny Full Frame camera. While reactions to the news have been mixed, one thing for sure is that it will make waves once it hits the market. A new product holder page has appeared on Sigma’s website, and it sheds some light on what photographers and media creators can look forward to. Honestly, there are some cool features that may be game-changing; whether the features are for better or worse is up for debate. Continue reading…

First Impressions: Sony a7R IV (The 61MP Full Frame Beast)

The Sony a7R IV packs a brand new sensor that resolves a whopping 61 Megapixels.

Sony announced the brand new Sony a7R IV today in New York City and we got to spend some quick hands-on time with it during the press launch event. Slated to be released in September, the A7RIV features a new 61MP sensor, the largest currently available in a Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Camera, and Sony claims to have improved the weather sealing as well. They’re targeting it very much to the professional market, evident in the $3,500 price tag. Beyond this, the new Sony a7R IV has 567 autofocus points that cover 99.7% of the image area vertically and 74% horizontally.

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The Sony a7r IV Has a 61MP Full Frame Sensor (And There’s More)

The new Sony a7r IV is probably going to make you drool. 

Sony Electronics President and COO Mike Fasulo presented some of the company’s latest products for the Digital Imaging Division. Amongst those products is the new Sony a7r IV that includes features like a new 61MP full-frame sensor at heart. It has a whole lot of great features for professional photographers. At $3,500 it’s going to include things like upgraded weather sealing, wireless tethering capabilities, a ton of autofocus points, and much more.

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The New Sigma fp Is the World’s Smallest Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

Sigma joins the Full Frame mirrorless game with its sleek, pocketable, and versatile Sigma fp. 

On top of three high-performance lenses, Sigma also unveiled the Sigma fp. If you’re looking for a smaller option to your current gear, it can’t get more compact than this. Dubbed as the world’s smallest and lightest Full Frame mirrorless camera, it measures 112.6 x 69.9 x 45.3mm and weighs 370g, yet promises to produce high-quality images for both still photography and cine shooting.

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Things We’d Like to See in a $900 Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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A sub $1,000 Full Frame Mirrorless camera from Nikon would really shake up the camera market.

In the not too distant past it was impossible to find Full Frame cameras for prices that could be considered affordable, but oh how times have changed. We are living in a world where photographers can now get their hands on Full Frame Mirrorless cameras for just over $1,000. While that’s not ‘cheap’ it’s a heck of a lot less than they used to be. A recent report now states that Nikon may be joining the affordable Full Frame Mirrorless camera club too with an offering that may cost just $900. Join us after the break for more info, and to see what we would like to see in such a camera. Continue reading…

Six High Resolution, Full Frame Cameras That Capture Details With Ease

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These high resolution, Full Frame cameras will capture details you didn’t even know where there.

If you’re in the market for a camera with a high Megapixel sensor, this roundup is for you. These Full Frame cameras have some of the best sensors inside of them, and they are capable of capturing stunning detail. If you like to make huge prints of your images, these high resolution cameras will Full Frame sensors will thrill you to bits. Join us after the break to take a look at six Full Frame cameras that pack a mighty punch when it comes to pixels. Continue reading…

The Panasonic S1R Is the Best Ranked Full Frame Camera at DXOMark

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The Panasonic S1R has been making waves in the testing labs over at DXOMark.

DXOMark has been hard at work putting one of Panasonic’s new cameras through boot camp, and it’s passed with flying colors. The Panasonic S1R has set a new standard for Full Frame camera sensors as it has displaced the Nikon D850 from its third place spot. This means the Panasonic S1R is only bested by the Medium Format Pentax 645Z and the Hasselblad X1D-50C. Join us after the break for more details about the DMOMark results. Continue reading…

Could a Full Frame Mirrorless Canon Rebel Be an Ace in The Hole?

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A cheap and cheerful, Full Frame Mirrorless Rebel camera from Canon really might make sense.

Everywhere you go these days it seems that Full Frame is the buzz word in the photography world. The gap between APS-C cameras and Full Frame cameras has closed significantly, but there is perhaps still an ounce of difference between the two platforms with Full Frame only just squeezing out a win. With Fujifilm and Sony dominating the APS-C markets, Canon and others may well have to move in a different direction. A recent interview with a Canon exec shed light on a rather interesting topic, and it turns out that there may be a cheaper Full Frame camera coming from Canon in the near future (yes cheaper than the EOS RP). Could this mean a Full Frame Canon Rebel is in the works instead of an APS-C offering? Lets talk about it. Continue reading…

Canon Could Win the Mirrorless Full Frame Camera Wars by Listening

If Canon starts listening to what the faithful want they could begin to win the fight against Sony in the Full Frame Camera wars.

Just a few short years ago there was a major shift in the camera marketplace. DSLR’s were being replaced at a rapid pace; Mirrorless technology was becoming cheaper and easier manufacture. But it wasn’t Canon leading the charge. After years of being at the top of the pack, out of nowhere, Sony came and pulled the rug out from under Canon’s tripods, and Canon has been playing catch up ever since. Just what will it take for Canon to be able to climb back to the top of the camera world? Continue reading…

Here’s Why a Fujifilm Full Frame Camera Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

If you’re waiting for a Fujifilm full frame camera, we hate to say this but it doesn’t seem to be in the company’s plans.

Fujifilm has already launched some pretty landmark cameras of the digital age, but there’s still one thing missing in their line-up: a Fujifilm full frame camera masterpiece. Despite the clamor for it, the company has made it clear in a recent interview with Fujifilm’s Shinichiro Udono, Jun Watanabe, and Takuya Noguchi at the CP+ 2019 by French website Photo Trend.

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Someone Needs to Make a Full Frame, Rangefinder Style Camera with Autofocus

There are too many SLR style full frame Mirrorless cameras out there and not enough rangefinder style.

My biggest hope for years now were that Sony would take the form factor of their a6xxx series cameras and make it full frame with a few extra upgrades; but we never got it. Then I was looking to both Canon and Nikon to do it. And they never did it. Surely I thought that Panasonic, with their history involving Leica, would be the ones. But alas, I was again disappointed. Like some of you, I fall into the camera of photographers who like the Olympus Pen F, the Fujifilm X Pro 2, and the Fujifilm GFX 50R more so than the SLR style camera bodies. To me, they’re more familiar. Perhaps like you, I was trained on Leicas. The feeling of a Hexar AF, a Contax G2, and a Mamiya 6 appealed to me more than some of the most prolific film cameras of all time.

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Sample Gallery: Panasonic S1 Lumix Pro Full Frame Camera

We got play with a shoot ready pre-production sample of the Panasonic S1 at WPPI 2019; and here are sample photos.

At WPPI 2019, our staff had the opportunity to play with a Panasonic S1 camera for a while. The Panasonic S1 is the latest offering from the company to photojournalists who want a full frame mirrorless camera. The Panasonic S1 sports dual card slots in form of both SD and XQD–which later on will be firmware upgradable to CFexpress. The unit that we used is a shoot ready pre-production sample, and we’re pretty positive that there is a Sony sensor at the heart. But we’ve got image samples nonetheless which you can find in our Panasonic S1 first impressions. 

For your convenience, we’ve put a bunch of the sample images below in this post too.

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First Impressions: Canon EOS RP (A $1299 Full Frame Camera)

The Canon EOS RP represents the company’s attempt to win the entry level users over at a $1,299 price point.

Alas, we aren’t being treated to Canon’s high end EOS R camera, but with the Canon EOS RP we’re getting a pretty interesting candidate in the mix. The Canon EOS RP is being aggressively priced at $1,299 and has the same sensor at the heart of the Canon 6D Mk II. That wasn’t always my favorite sensor, but after Tony Northrup’s video on it a while back the internet swooned over it again. My issue is that in Lightroom, we found the highlight recovery to be awful but in Capture One it was quite good. Beyond this are some head scratching features in the Canon EOS RP, like silent shooting mode being a dedicated shooting mode with no manual controls in the same way that you get with the Canon EOS M50. This isn’t the case with the EOS R, which has an option for silent shutter photography. Maybe with the professional level camera, Canon will finally take this feature seriously–and during my time in New Orleans with the camera, I heard many other journalists agree.

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Three Full Frame Cameras Around $1,000 to Step up to From APS-C

These bargain priced Full Frame cameras offer outrageous value for money, and image quality that’s hard to beat.

Full Frame cameras can be quite expensive to purchase, and that’s one of the main reasons why a lot of first time buyers opt to go with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera that has an APS-C sensor. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all; there are some fine APS-C cameras on the market. But there are some Full Frame gems out there that cost right around $1,000 that will beat most APS-C offerings when it comes to overall image quality and low light performance. If you’re looking to step up from an entry level APS-C camera, or are looking to buy your first camera, these Full Frame bargains are worth a look. Continue reading…

The Panasonic Lumix S Full Frame Cameras Are Getting HDR and High Res Shot Modes

More details about the brand new Panasonic Lumix S cameras emerge at CES 2019.

Some consider the Panasonic Lumix S series of cameras to be the only real competition to Sony right now in the professional grade mirrorless camera world partially due to their Dual Card slots. Today we got a few more details about what the cameras will offer. Panasonic’s press release states that the company will offer both HDR and High Resolution shot modes. It isn’t crystal clear if this is going to be in both of Panasonic’s new L mount cameras, but there are also a few caveats.


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A Monster 72MP Full Frame Camera Sensor Might Be in Sony’s Pipeline

Stories about potentially new Sony camera sensors have been in the news a lot lately. 

It seems to have been a busy few months for Sony in regards to rumored new camera sensors. First we heard about a potential sensor that could be a 60 Megapixel beast capable of 8K and 16-bit RAW. Now the world is being told about another potential new shutter that could be a 72 Megapixel monster featuring a global shutter instead of a rolling shutter. Read on past the break to find out more about this reported piece of silicon. Continue reading…