Considering noise when comparing sensor sizes


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Considering noise when comparing sensor sizes

If you look at the advantages of a smaller sensor, it might seem that the smaller sensor has a distinct edge over the large sensor for video. After all, you can get more for your money in a smaller, lighter package, and with equal image quality. In fact, there is an important factor to consider with sensor size that may affect your choice of camera and how you shoot with it. That's noise. Noise is that granular pattern that occurs across the image. It looks like someone threw sand on your photo.

Just about every DSLR today does very well controlling noise at ISO settings of 400 or less and many do well above that. However, as you go above ISO 400, noise will generally become more visible. Larger sensors have less noise. There is no doubt about that. This means that you can shoot your video at higher ISO settings or in lower light levels with a Full Frame sensor compared to an APS-C size sensor or an APS-C size sensor compared to a Four Thirds sensor.

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Considering noise when comparing sensor sizes
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