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Sensor Size with Macro Pictures and Compact Digital Cameras


Take into consideration your sensor size. If you have a 1.6 sensor this will increase the magnification by 1.6 and be an advantage. So a 1:1 macro lens would actually be 1.6:1 or 60% larger then a regular 35mm size sensor. Smaller sensors have an advantage!

Excellent photographs can be taken with compact digital cameras. They can be hand held to quickly take pictures of insects outside. Compact digital cameras have great Depth of Field. The small sensor is an advantage with macro photography. They won’t be the same quality as digital SLR photographs with macro lens arrangements, but can be a great place to get started with Macro Photography!