Sensor Size: A Relative Size Comparison Tool for Camera Sensors

Idan Shechter, the guy behind Camera Size, has launched a new website for photographers who understand sizes better through visual comparisons than through specs and figures. Sensor Size is a website that offers quick visual comparisons of sensors found in popular digital cameras. Select the cameras you want to check out from a couple of drop-down menus, and the sensors are displayed in relative sizes next to each other. You can also stack the images or display them in a 3D overlay for a better view.

Here are some sample comparisons we did:

The Canon 5D Mark III‘s full frame sensor next to the Nokia PureView 808‘s 41-megapixel sensor next to the iPhone 4S‘s sensor:

A full frame sensor next to an APS-C crop factor sensor:

The sensors found in three popular mirrorless cameras: the Fujifilm X-Pro1, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, and the Nikon 1 V1:

Canon’s crop factor sensor next to the sensor found in its popular compact camera, the S100:

Sensor Size: Image Sensor Relative Size Comparison Tool [Sensor Size]

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    very simple, very nice =] but i’m pretty sure the 7D has an ultrasonic dust cleaning system for the sensor – the data sheet on this website says no.

  • Jens Hamada

    makes you wonder why the quality difference between a OM-D E-M5 (what a stupid name) and a FF is not bigger… not?
    i mean there is a difference.. no question.
    but i always thought FF should look even more better in comparison.

  • Libby Stack

    I find the database lacking – seems to be geared towards current models and no Leica compacts or (of even more interest) the discontinued Leicas. I’m pretty tired of trying to calculate things based on 1940s CCD nomenclature, and the mfrs are resistant to giving you sensor size for compacts in millimeters.

  • John Dunne

    Great idea, very engaging. Looks like there is a lot more work to build up the database; just 1 MF in there.

  • GPW

    Please show a sample scene recorded on each of the sensors. Then magnify one detail so we can see the net difference.