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Benefits of a small sensor

JackAllTog Avatar
JackAllTog Plus
14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2019 4:02PM
Sometimes I really love my smart phone camera as its can capture a whole well lit scene with good enough front to back sharpness.
In fact some times it seems better than my dSLR - oops i've said it now. The dSLR needs a small aperture (and thus a slow shutter speed) to get good front to back sharpness, so street shooting for example can leave interesting moving subjects blurred if on a small aperture, or out of focus if not on the focal plan with a wider aperture and faster shutter.

Whilst i love the potential subject isolation of a FF sensor, i often also desire the scene depth detail of smart phone or compact with a reasonably fast shutter speed.

How can I have both in a single camera?
peterjones Avatar
peterjones 21 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2019 9:13AM
My phone is now a tool like the rest of my gear and I no longer feel disadvantaged with just my phone in many conditions e.g. in the world of close up my phone gives me almost infinite DOF, in other genres my phone is almost totally unobtrusive.

I am however a long long way from excising all my gear just for my phone but I wish I could!
Chris_L Avatar
Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
14 Sep 2019 10:34AM
1) You can push the ISO higher with a better sensor which will allow you to have your wide DOF and fast shutter speed.

2) You can shoot at hyperfocal distance and you will find you can get away with wider apertures and still have your subjects sharp. Often for street the foreground is not as important as it is in a scene where you have a foreground lake and background mountains.


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