Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor for Portraits

Whether you’re deciding on what to get for your first portrait camera or thinking about an upgrade, a common question emerges: Should I get a full frame camera or a crop sensor camera? Being faced with the technical explanations of these features can lead to more confusion. To help provide a better understanding of these two different styles of cameras, Chicago based portrait photographer Manny Ortiz created this helpful video so you can see the differences for yourself:

For the video comparison, Ortiz uses a Sony A7II and a Sony A6000. While there are many benefits to using both styles of cameras, the biggest difference between the imagery captured is the shallow depth of field. While full frame does offer this additional feature, it’s not something that will ‘make or break’ your photography, but more about your personal preferences.

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Full Frame (Sony A7II) vs. Crop Sensor (Sony A6000)

Do you have a personal preference when shooting portrait photography? Why? Have you found the advantages of a crop sensor more useful than shooting in full frame format?

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Portrait image captured by Manny Ortiz with a Sony A7II

“It doesn’t matter what camera you have. It really doesn’t. You put good glass in front of that sensor and you’re going to get great images…”

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One response to “Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor for Portraits”

  1. louis joseph says:

    Great article! I have only ever shot with a crop-sensor camera (Nikon D7000) and I’ve always thought my photography would, naturally, be better with a full frame camera. More expensive equals better images, right? However, I use primarily prime lenses, like the old-school Nikon 24/2.8, 85/1.8, and 135/2. So, my 135mm acts like a 200/3 on my crop sensor. For a lot less money, the crop sensor gives me a lot more reach without too much loss of depth of field, even for great portraiture. Thanks again for the great article! http://www.louisjosephphotography.com

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