High ISOS : M4/3 < APS-C < FF ?

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High ISOS : M4/3 < APS-C < FF ?
Apr 26, 2013

Three years ago, the difference between those 3 standards was clear at High ISOS.

Today, with the latest technology, all current sensors are all outstanding. May you use M4/3, APS-C or FF, they are all competent at High ISOS.

One can wonder if the difference is always here.

Thanks to DPreview and their cool widget, we can compare the best sensors of those 3 formats at the highest native ISO in RAW. Here it is :

We can see that there's always a difference.

But the difference between m4/3 and APS-C is very very tiny. The EM-5 and GH3 sensors are so good that it could make a difference only for photographers who have very specific requirements. For the vast majority of photographers, High ISO performance can be considered equal between APS-C and m4/3, assuming they use the EM-5 or GH3, of course. FF is always, and logically, better than both.

What do you think?

I encourage you to play with the widget to make your own mind.

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