It is all about the type of sensor you use that matters. Pixels is not really the only way of basis so you could choose a good camera.
Therefore, it is a must that you will know what an APS-H Model is and what are the other types of sensors.
The full frame sensors have a dimension of 36 x 24. It is the same dimension as that of a film.
A full frame sensor has no crop factor. For example, when you use a 50 mm lens on a full frame camera, its field of view will remain unchanged.
In comparison, try using the same 50 mm lens in an APS-C sensor camera. Say specifically, one that has a 1.6x crop factor will be used. The resulting field of view is equivalent to an 80 mm.
This is because 1.6x crop factor is multiplied to 50 mm, resulting to 80 mm.
As such, when a 50 mm lens will be used in an APS-H sensor with a crop factor of 1.3x, it will result to a field of view the same with that of 65 mm lens (1.3 x 50 = 65).
So What and Why is APS-H?
1. APS-H has a good wide view and available at affordable prices
Crop factor which is one of the beneficial characteristics of an APS-H sensor is good when you want to see your subject closer. Hence, you no longer need to spend a lot on the more expensive lens. Although this might be disadvantageous when you would rather want a wider view.
It is true that fast wide lenses are much easier to come by on full frame. Yet, more usually than not, a full frame sensor is quite more expensive. For example is the 1.3x smaller sensor of APS-H sensor which would be cheaper as it requires a smaller body.
Thus, APS-H being the classification in between a full frame and an APS-C and with the usual size also between the two, would mean that it is not that expensive and you could still provide good focus on far subjects without sacrificing too much of a wide view.
Canon APS-H Camera List
Some of the cameras with APS-H sensor are:
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Canon EOS 1D Mark II
2. The Advanced Photography System “APS” stood the test of time.
The advanced photography system is one of the most basic and fundamental technologies in the camera industry. This APS-H was actually used even in the earliest Pro-level digital bodies of Canon. And since then, it has undergone some necessary changes as time went by.
The sensor was made smaller than a 35 mm film. This gives the photographer more reach in any given lens. Eventually, sensors became smaller and smaller.
Nevertheless, being able to have that extra reach because of the crop factor is well appreciated by many. This even makes the lives of wildlife and sports photographers easier.
Being able to cater to different user needs and demands are one of the many developments in technology. Also, many photojournalists prefer these fast handling and longer reach cameras we are talking about.
Whereby, full frames are for studio photographers. Their lack in speed is compensated with a good image quality which studios obviously must possess.
3. It comes with large pixels and high frames per second.
Having the ability to incorporate a lot of features is a good characteristic of a sensor type. With the ever-present competition the camera world has, APS-H knows exactly how to fit in.
Cameras with APS-H sensor has relatively large pixels. It is also sensitive to light which is a good thing. It could even possibly shoot at high speeds.
To compare, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV with APS-H sensor has a speed of up to 10 FPS while the full-frame 1Ds Mark III stopped at 5 FPS. Thus, performing at twice the speed even with that of an advanced camera.
4. Being replaced by new models is not a bad thing.
To be honest, one should know that there are no more APS-H cameras being currently produced, although there are still available stocks in the market. Canon’s 1D and 1Ds lines are being fused with the newer 1D X.
The introduction of this 1D X provided higher frame-rate to a full-frame camera. Though the increased frame-rate comes with, if not all, a little decrease in resolution.
The usage of a lower resolution sensor allows for a faster camera frame rate. Also, more photos could be squeezed onto much smaller memory cards.
Accordingly, it is perhaps an acceptable analysis that the APS-H line was merely ended only because by doing so will reduce the complexity of things since one will have fewer choices.
Canon might be able to focus on a lesser variety of products then. This will also increase their concentration on these products in terms of continuous improvements.
Nonetheless, there is nothing wrong with what has been tested and proven already.
For instance, if you are into sports, this type of camera will suit you well. Its 40 tracking points will help you capture fast moving objects through your lens.
Like mentioned, the crop sensor will also allow you to be closer to this sports action (or any kind of subject), without actually moving closer. Plus, you won’t need to resort to the use of a bigger lens with lower f-stop like 4 when you could have 2.8.
Canon even designed it to keep as much light coming in as much as possible. With this is the guarantee that the ISO is down enough to do away with the noise.
Fast aperture and higher shutter speed also make a perfect addition to the claim that it could capture fast-moving objects. There won’t be any blur as a result as well.
Lastly, using a computer program to do the cropping on a full frame camera in order to get the same effect of closeness to that of a crop sensor will not produce a sharper and clearer result as that of an APS-H sensor. Nothing beats the original one.
APS-H is for those who love shooting distant subjects, using its crop factor effect.
This is even ideal for those who work for the press or wildlife photography and for the sports-minded persons. This is also for those who want to try a reliable model at a cheaper price.
Being able to take closer-looking photos and fast moving objects while using few controls consistently and quickly are the reasons, to name a few, why this type of camera sensor is very useful.