It’s 2020 and full-frame imaging is now part of the norm. It seems as though up until not too long ago, full frame was a rare and exotic bird, but now is among the most common and expected technologies for a high-end, even middle-of-the-road, camera to have. With full-frame sensors now being a mature feature of sorts, I thought it would be a good time to take stock and see exactly how wide-ranging this sensor size really is—what are the current full-frame cameras available and what are some of the unique features each brings to the table?
Beginning with one of the few more popular buzzwords than full frame itself, mirrorless cameras are likely the most popular technological innovation of the last few years and are the current forerunners in terms of where full-frame technology is debuting. Sony pioneered this subgenre with the original a7 but, in the last 6-7 years, most camera manufacturers have joined the party and made this quite a popular place to be.
By virtue of the alphabet, Canon is first up, and the first camera is the hotly anticipated EOS R5. With a development announcement at the beginning of 2020, and a few more details trickling in over the past few months, the EOS R5 promises to be a seriously good camera. Its video specs rival those of professional cine cameras and its photo specs are also top of the line. Even if you’re not a Canon shooter (yet), this is the type of camera everyone will be paying attention to, once it’s formally released.