There been a lot of rumors of new cameras due this year from both Nikon and Canon that will have full-frame sensors yet priced below their current full-frame DSLR camera…
So why the fuss and what does it hold for the future of digital cameras?
Currently most DSLR cameras do not have sensors the same size as the 35mm film on which they are based. The reason for this, the cost and manufacturing complexities, we mentioned in our article giving an overview of DSLR Cameras but why is the full frame sensor the holly grail of photography?
Firstly you have the benefit of larger pixels on the sensor, which will give a better quality result with less digital grain and a better dynamic range.
Secondly you get less depth of field which makes your subject stand out from the rest of the picture. Our eyes and brain focus in on the point of interest for us so this limited depth of field gives a way for the photographer to do the same thing.
Thirdly you get the legacy aspect in the lens which give the same view has been thought of traditionally. With the smaller APS-C sensors you get a more telephoto effect.
New Full frame cameras
There seems to be more information going around on the Nikon D600 camera than the canon but basically both will be a ‘budget’ version of their more expensive and professionally priced DSLR such as the Nikon D800 or Canon 5D Mark III.
From the information on the Nikon D600 it looks like a combination of the top of the range APS-C sensor camera, the Nikon D7000, and the new full-frame Nikon D800. In the rumoured spec you have a full frame 24mp sensor, 5 frames a second and an advanced but not quite top of the range focusing.
The future of digital cameras
So where is all this going?
Firstly we would say that you’re going to see more full frame DSLR cameras replacing the smaller sensor variety. This will be partly to distance the DSLR from the cheaper end cameras and help answer the question we posed in the feature Why DSLR and not camera phone.
Secondly with the rise of the camera phone this will put pressure on the cheaper compact cameras. This will mean manufactories look to high spec compact cameras for their profits.
Samsung have already announced that they are retuning a factory to concentrate on the higher spec mirror-less compact cameras of which the upcoming Samsung NX1000 is an example. Nikon have last year brought in a mirror less range with the Nikon 1 system with their Nikon 1 V1. Canon is also rumoured to be announcing a mirror less range this year.
The overall effect will be better quality digital cameras far in excess of what film was ever able to produce.
Is this the Nikon D600?
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