Full frame cameras are aimed at photographers who want the optimal image quality without resorting to medium format, and the good news is that there’s never been more choice. Here are the best full-frame cameras you could buy right now. There’s a bit of a buzz around full-frame cameras right now. Panasonic has unveiled two new full-frame models in a fresh system, while the recently launched Nikon mirrorless full-frame cameras too. These latter two companies also offer many full-frame DSLR cameras alongside these, and as you stack them on the top of Sony’s extensive range of models along those from Leica and Pentax, you end up with a varied pool of options at all kinds of price points.
So what exactly makes a full-frame camera so special?
Most entry-level and mid-price DSLR and mirrorless cameras sport an APS-C sized sensor, with the physical dimensions of the chip measuring 23.6 x 15.7mm. A full-frame sensor, on the other hand, has larger dimensions of 36 x 24mm – the same size as a frame of 35mm film, hence the name is ‘full-frame’, and offering a surface area that is 2.5 times larger than an APS-C sized sensor.
However, it’s no longer only DSLRs that enjoy full-frame sensors. Nikon muscled in on the full-frame market with its range of full-frame mirrorless cameras recently. To get an idea of what kind of DSLR or mirrorless camera that you could get at different price points, here are some of our top picks:
- Nikon Z6:
Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
Autofocus: 273-point AF
Screen type: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100K dots
Maximum continuous shooting speed: 12fps
Movies: 4K at 30p
User level: Enthusiast/expert
While the Nikon Z6 is one of the newest cameras that can jump straight to the best full-frame mirrorless camera chart, it has got its own wide range of advantages:
– Easy Handling
– Stunning image quality
– Limited buffer depth
From the beautiful 12 fps burst shooting mode to 273-point AF system, this 24.5 MP sensor delivers beautiful results with great color reproduction and fine detail.
- Nikon D850
Though it may be a bit pricey, this ultimate Nikon full-frame mirrorless camera is one of the best cameras you can buy right now. From making a bold statement to the impressive 45.4MP full-frame sensor – it delivers detail-rich images with the brilliant dynamic range and excellent high ISO. Here are some of its advantages:
– Full-frame CMOS sensors
– 45.4 MP Resolution
– 153-point AutoFocus
– 99 Cross-Type
– 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen
– Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fp
3. Nikon Z7
One of the very first Nikon mirrorless full-frame cameras along with the Z6, the Z7 is also a triumph. As a first generation camera one should consider that this is crafted with consideration and behaves far better than one’s expectations. Combined with a solid sensor and effective image stabilization – tagged with a beautiful EVF, great handling and competent AF performance and response throughout the form of bones. Here are some of the best features:
– Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS
– Resolution: 45.7MP
– Autofocus: 493-point AF
– Screen type: 3.2-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 2,100,000 dots
– Maximum continuous shooting speed: 9fps