Sensor Size Sweet Spot is APS-C and not Full Frame, Claim These Industry Insiders

The Ideal Sensor Size

Yeah, let’s do it. Let’s stir up the spirits, and for one more glorious time, jump fully into the sensor size debate.

The trigger?

And article by DL Cade form Petapixel, who had a talk with Richard Butler (DPR) and Bill Claff (Photons to Photos), about:

  • Why Full Frame is perceived as the “serious” format
  • What is the “ideal” sensor size

The first can be answered with the popularity of 35mm in the film era.

But in modern digital times, is full frame really the sweet spot? DL Cade, Richard and Bill answer the following in this article:

DL Cade goes for APS-C:

I still believe there is a best sensor for “most people” and that this sensor is not full-frame. This sensor is APS-C. […] the performance to size to cost ratio falls into a sweet spot that neither Micro Four Thirds nor full-frame can match.

take the Fuji X-T3, which is a bit closer in price and weight to the a7 III, selling for only $500 less and weighing only 0.25lbs less. In the video department, the Fuji can already record 4K/60p 4:2:0 10-bit internally; Sony can’t even do that over HDMI. And it, too, shoots at a faster 11fps in 14-bit RAW, can capture up to 30fps electronically with an additional 1.25x crop, and benefits from a large selection of high-quality, compact lenses designed for APS-C.”

Richard Butler says:

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Value Angle of Mirrorless Cameras Explained and Compared

At the last Fujifilm X summit (which we covered and sumed up for you here), Fujifilm talked to us about the “value angle”.

The value angle is not a weird concept invented by Fujifilm, but a factor that influences the whole design and development of a camera system, as well as image quality.

In short: the wider the value angle, the more precise and easier a lens can send light to the sensor. A wider value angle gives more flexibility for lens design and allows for more light and less digital correction.

As you can see below, Fujifilm X has a huge value angle and Sony Full Frame an extremely small value angle, which is why Sigma said that it is a challenge to develop full frame lenses for Sony, especially high quality ones.

Chart below provided by the German site docma.

In German we refer to Full Frame as "Kleinbild" (small format)
In German we refer to Full Frame as “Kleinbild” (small format)

If you want to get an anology with a soccer player hitting the ball, in order to understand it better, we can get the help of an article appeared at the German site docma many months ago.

Google translated version down below.

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Fujifilm GFX100 Lab Test Images vs Phase One XF IQ3, Sony A7rIII, GFX50S, Nikon D850

Fujiflm GFX100 Lab Test

We love photography, because…

… we love the art of painting with light, the creative process of composing a story, of freezing fugitive moments and capturing ephemeral beauty in an image forever.

The camera specs are the last thing we care about.

Ok, now let’s get serious and have an exciting pixel peeping time! :D

Let’s compare the Fujifilm GFX100 with other high-resolution cameras like the Phase One XF IQ3 100MP, Sony A7rIII, Fujifilm GFX50S and Nikon D850.

Keep in mind that these are JPEGs from a pre-production Fujifilm GFX100. We can’t really make final conclusions, until we finally have standardized tests using RAW files developed in the same RAW converter.

Anyway, judging from the JPEGs, the Fujifilm GFX100 beats them all in terms of sharpness and high ISO performance, including the $30,000 (or is it $50,000) Phase One XF IQ3 100MP.

However, the there are some problems: for example, GFX100 sample was shot at f/8, whereas GFX50 at f/9. Let’s hope their RAW comparison will be more accurate.

Holy Crop! The Fujifilm GFX100 is pixel peeper paradise!

Down below I share some samples available at the imaging-resource comparometer here, where you can compare the Fujifilm GFX100 to any other camera in their database.

We love photography, because we can experience a childish joy of discovery, sometimes also by digging deep into the most technical aspects of it. :)

Fujifilm GFX 100: B&H Photo, AmazonUS, Adorama, Focuscamera

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Lab Tests Samples

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO100
Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO100
Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO12,800
Fujifilm GFX100 vs Phase One XF IQ3 @ ISO12,800
GFX100 vs a7rIII @ ISO200
GFX100 vs a7rIII @ ISO100

Fujifilm GFX100 vs Sony A7rIII @ ISO 51,200

More Image Comparisons Below

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Customer Service Compared: Fujifilm keeps up with Canon, Sony is Worst – How Good is the Fuji Service in Your Country? (POLL)

Tony Northrup investigated in a poll, which camera service is the best. The results:

  1. Olympus: 90.5% satisfaction
  2. Canon: 84.6% satisfaction
  3. Fujifilm: 84.6% satisfaction
  4. Nikon: 80.5% satisfaction
  5. Sony: 70.6% satisfaction

Speaking of Fujifilm service…

I am curious to know how satisfied you are with the service in your country.

According to feedback I got so far, I have the impression that the service in UK is probably the best in the Fujifilm world. But I also hear stories that are pretty frustrating coming from other countries.

In order to let Fujifilm know, I decided to launch a poll, which might help them to see, where there is still room for improvement.

Of course I can’t include all countries, so I will select the top 10 countries amongst FujiRumors readers.

NOTE: I have just been informed that Fuji professional service (FPS) has been launched also in Australia. Register here

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Adobe is Confused and Promotes Faster Tethering on Nikon Cameras with a Fujifilm X-T20 :)

There is a bit of confusion at Adobe, who, with the launch of Camera Raw 11.2, promotes faster tethering on Nikon cameras using a Fujifilm X-T20 :). Check it out here.

And speaking of PR that goes wrong, back in 2016 Nikon used the Fujifilm X100 on posters to promote the “Nikon heritage”.

Or maybe… is this just another sign that Fujifilm is acquiring Nikon? ;)

On a more serious note, the latest Adobe Camera RAW updated introduced a new “enhanced details” features, which also improves X-Trans file rendering. Huge feedback in the following three articles:

  • click here – First Looks at ADOBE’s New Enhance Details Feature for Sharper Fujifilm X-Trans files
  • click here – ADOBE Improves Detail Rendering for FUJIFILM X-Trans RAW Files in Camera RAW 11.2
  • click here – Fuji Users Beware, Wormy Artifacts Fixed?

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