We wrote about some tips when it comes to buying a DSLR camera a while back, but things have changed and evolved a bit since then. Here’s the 2017 guide to purchasing a DSLR and 5 things you need to consider!
1) Full-Frame vs. Crop-Frame Sensors
Simply put, a full-frame sensor is larger than a crop-frame sensor by approximately 1.5 times, therefore allowing your camera to see more! The photo below, created by the Canadian Photography Learning Centre in Alberta, illustrates how much a full-frame and crop-frame sensor camera would see if both cameras were the same focal length, and location.
You can clearly see that a crop sensor camera captures a smaller image, but how much does this effect? A full-frame sensor often offers a bit more sharpness and will allow for you to capture more of your subject/landscape/background. Most professional photographers do own and use a full-frame DSLR (such as a Canon 5D MKIV), however, it is not a necessity; crop-frame sensor cameras (such as the Canon Rebel series) are now very well built and have amazing picture quality. The only major difference is how much you see through your camera.
The difference between a crop sensor and full-frame camera can be hard to tell at times. Here are a few sample shots from WayHome Music & Arts Festival, which was shot by one of our staff with a Canon T5i crop-sensor DSLR.