Is bigger, better when it comes to camera sensors? Full frame photography enthusiasts seem to think so, but you need to have a bit of money behind you to bag the benefits…

What is full frame photography?

In the days of analogue photography, 35mm sensors were the ‘norm’, now, with digital cameras, this is a rare size as most models use smaller sensor formats. A full frame camera takes the sensor back to the glory analogue era by offering a bigger sensor that is able to capture more information with each click of the shutter.

On the market, a small number of models from Nikon, Sony, Leica, Canon and Pentax have gone with a full frame sensor, but with prices starting from just under £1,000 this is not a cheap option.

However, the word on the street is that 2017 holds promise of more cost-effective options that won’t dent the wallet too much.

The advantages of going full frame

So, what are the benefits?

Light: Blessed with large sensors, a full frame camera sucks in huge amounts of information in the shortest amount of time. When paired with a fast lens, the camera can get excellent images in even the darkest of scenery. Expect sharp, detailed shots every time.

Landscape: The big sensor offers a wider frame, capturing more in each image. This is ideal for landscape shots.

Depth of field: The large dimensions of the sensor translate into a shorter depth of field, giving you the chance to get some really arty photographs – that focus on one area while the rest of the image fades into a smooth out-of-focus feel. Perfect for portraits of friends and family. Read our post on whether we have a best side when it comes to portrait photography…

What to photograph full frame

With full frame, the world is your oyster. As mentioned above, you can conquer landscape scenery, arty portrait shots and anything else you decide to capture. Poor lighting is no longer an issue either, giving you scope to take some interesting images in situations you had written off as too dark to get a decent shot.

With this camera, you are getting more from each photograph, as the large sensor sucks in as much information as possible.

Most full frame sensors are bursting with megapixels, which makes them the perfect partner for situations where huge amounts of detail are key. It is also ideal for creating images that will be used in a large form such as large landscape canvas prints.

If you’re thinking of expanding your horizons with different cameras, such as the full frame camera, why not look at the camera you carry with you everyday? Read our post on dual camera smartphones here.