Full frame's increasing irrelevance.

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Bambi24
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Full frame's increasing irrelevance.
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Full frame cameras are increasingly losing their pertinence.

Signal to noise ratio of sensors gets better over time. We have seen this with full frame superseding medium format. I now see this happen with APS-C and 4/3 displacing full frame.

APS-C can now shoot at 1600 ISO without conspicuous noise. ISO 3200 will soon be norm, and the relevance of full frame will be further diminished.

Not only have we seen ISO performance of smaller sensors increase, when Sigma released the f/1.8 50-100mm DC crop exclusive lens, APS-C cameras suddenly gained the ability to accumulate more sensor equivalent light than 200mm f/2.8 full frame lenses can, at a lower cost.

Another major quandary full frame DSLR find themselves in, is something crop DSLR and mirrorless do not suffer from. The lack of AF point spread. This became a hot button issue with the 6D II. This is not something that can be solved without making full frame DSLR even bulkier. Full frame DSLR their Achilles' heel is lack of AF spread.

Mirrorless full frame has not managed to reduce the size of full frame lenses. They still feature the bulky extravagant lenses you find on full frame DSLR. Full frame cameras are increasingly perceived as cameras for professionals only, for people who work in a studio.

Consumers show very little interest in full frame. An quick glance at the top 20 best selling ILC on Amazon, maybe surprising to some, not a single full frame ILC camera is in the top 20 best sellers as of this writing. All top 20 best selling ILC are exclusively APS-C. The first full frame camera in the list is the Canon 5D Mark IV at spot 26.

The largest photography brand by marketshare, Canon, has managed to shoot themselves in the foot with the 6D II, and thereby managed to seal the faith of full frame cameras, niche cameras.

Canon 6D Mark II
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