An often-debated element of camera systems is APS-C versus full frame versus medium format. Which one is better? Which one fits your needs? Which one should you use? This video dives into the question with real-world comparisons between all three!
This week, Nigel Danson heads out into the field with a Nikon Zfc, an APS-C camera at 21 MP; the Nikon Z8, a full frame camera at 45 MP; and a Hasselblad X2D 100C medium format camera at 100 MP and puts each of them to the test. Danson even captures a few photos with his iPhone 15 for comparison.
Danson talks through his compositions and his early expectations of what he will see as he works his way through multiple images with each camera. He then returns to his office with brief on-screen comparisons across the three cameras.
Danson then puts the images to the real test with prints in sizes ranging from A3 to A2 to A1. He looks at each composition and compares the printed results of each camera, from the smaller prints to the larger prints, and comes to his conclusion of the difference between an APS-C camera, a full frame camera, and a medium format camera.
I found the comparison refreshing, with the emphasis put on the results of actual prints instead of pixel-peeping. I agree with Danson’s summary and what is really important for photographers.