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Does Sensor Size Affect Depth of Field: The Definitive Answer


In this video, I’m going to put to rest this question once and for all: does sensor size affect depth of field? I’ll be physically taking pictures with a full-frame camera and a Micro 4/3 camera, and showing you the visual difference in a range of aperture settings. There are lots of theories and opinions on this but here is the definitive answer.

See for yourself and let us know what you think. Is there a difference in sensor sizes when it comes to the visual effect of depth of field? If so, does it matter? Is it worth the extra size, money and weight to get a full-frame camera?

Let us and others know your thoughts in the comments.

f/2.8 – Full Frame Sensor
f/2.8 – Micro 4/3 Sensor
f/5.6 – Full Frame Sensor
f/5.6 – Micro 4/3 Sensor
f/16 – Full Frame Sensor
f/16 – Micro 4/3 Sensor

About the Author: Marc Newton is a photographer, educational speaker, author, and founder of The School of Photography. You can find his work on his website, Instagram, and the School of Photography YouTube channel. This post was also published here, and is being republished with permission.