This weeks Amateur Photographer Magazine (2nd March) contained a technical article which compared the APS-C sensor lacking an AA filter from the Pentax K 5-II, Fuji’s APS-C sized Trans X sensor and the full frame sensor from the Nikon D600.
Now general wisdom has always stated that a full frame sensors are superior to cropped APS-C sensors especially in the resolution/detail they can deliver as well as in noise performance and dynamic range.
Well recent developments in sensor technology have promised improved performance from APS-C sensors and it transpires that these promises are indeed realised.Particularily impressive is the perfomance of Fuji’s Trans X sensor.
The article conclused that the full frame sensor comes out on top but that the difference between such a sensor and a modern APSA-C sensor without an AA filter or a Fuji Trans X sensor is not as significant as is often percieved.
Both sensors have their own advantages but what is clear is that as sensor technology progresses the gap in perfomance between the two is definately narrowing.
Mark Baynham (March 2013)