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AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size

Amateur Photographer's Angela Nicholson attempts to size up sensor size

AP finds out if the Four Thirds sensor sizes upIn this week's Amateur Photographer magazine (dated 25th August), the UK's longest running weekly mgazine on photography, and a highly respected publication, technical editor Angela Nicholson bravely tackles the thorny issue of sensor size. In the article Nicholson technically evaluated and compared the 'small' format sensors in an Olympus E-510, Nikon D80 and Canon EOS-30D cameras that are all in roughly the same price bracket and target market. These three were also compared with two 'full frame' DSLRs, the Canon EOS-5D and the older Canon EOS-1Ds.

The results and conclusions of this six page feature make for an interesting read. A great deal can be inferred from the findings and though the E-510 was up against tough competition, Four Thirds cynics might be dismayed to find that the E-510 fared reasonably well.

I am able to communicate any feedback to Angela back at AP, so if you have any comments to make as a result of reading her article, please post it below.

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AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size

Ian AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
Amateur Photographer magazine this week takes a hard look at the technical issues behind DSLR sensor... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
In Angela's article, the E-510 was picked up for relatively limited dynamic range (meaning in bright... (more)

Bill Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
Interesting. Have you noticed, btw that AP does not test Oly lenses in group tests? They did one... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I think I have seen other Oly lenses in AP tests, but (don't tell Angela!) I don't get AP every w... (more)

MartinR Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
Before buying my e-400 I took a look at the Nikon D80 and the Olympus e-510, the Nikon is a great ca... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I must say that I trust Angela Nicholson's judgment 100%. Ian... (more)

mike_j Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
The article has produced some fairly heated debate in the AP forum. this is the tread if you have ti... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I had a quick look :) I'd prefer to try and rise above the platform rivalry :rolleyes: The... (more)

wsearfoss Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I do not have a subscription to AP, so I could not read the article. However I have a question. ... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
The Four Thirds standard is very clear on this - thankfully. Unlike Nikon and Canon - and probabl... (more)

wsearfoss Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I am not talking about the 4:3 ratio aspect. I expect that to always be the same. I'm talking about... (more)

DiSt Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
That would run against the "telecentric" design of FT lenses. Restricting the sensor area to the "s... (more)

Ian Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
The simple answer is no. The image circle for Four Thirds lenses is always half the diameter of f... (more)

Tim the Grey Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
The physical sensor size will stay the same, or it's NOT 4/3 compliant. It's a s simple as that. Lik... (more)

Xenophos Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
You can, of course, already buy full frame sensor cameras. They start in price from a mere A$5000 an... (more)

Bill Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
At the risk of being labelled Captain Semantic, since 4/3 was designed as a brand new format from th... (more)

N/A Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
I recently moved from a full frame sensor camera (EOS 5D) to a four thirds model as I found that (ap... (more)

nikkorku Re: AP investigates pros and cons of sensor size
Agree.. the advantage of big sensor is just only for : * creamy blurry background * long exposu... (more)