Is FF sensors going to slowly phase out?

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Erik Magnuson Forum Pro • Posts: 12,247
Reality check check

Just Having Fun wrote:

So even if a FF sensor only costs a few hundred, smaller sensors will still be cheap enough to affect camera price.

Yep - FF sensors will always be at the upper end of the price heap.

A FF lens comparable to the RX100 lens would cost thousands to make.

This depends on how you define "comparable".   To get the same available light performance with a FF sensor, you can raise the ISO about 2.7 stops.  Thus a 28-100mm f/4.5 - f/11 zoom would be comparable.  Something like the Canon 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 would be a bit better.

I would rather bet that soon smaller sensors will hit the point where the difference between them and FF is either not noticeable or needed

The difference will always be more or less constant for the same sensor generation.

(again look how hot the RX100 is even with FF owners)

As a second camera.  How many of them sell the FF?

IMHO, FF and medium format will remain niches, smartphones will dominate, and cameras like NEX will replace most DSLRs.

Not any time soon.  Mirrorless is not gaining on DSLRs today and the trend is not positive.

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