Why A Full Frame Camera Is The Best Choice When Shooting Special Events

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Nowadays, a person’s calendar is so filled up with events and parties worthy of celebration. There are countless reasons to get together and celebrate with good food, great friends, and tons of memories that can last a lifetime. That’s why it’s very important to have a camera with you so all those great moments can be immortalised no matter what.

Although your iPhone is up to the task, there’s always a better choice when capturing your sister’s wedding or your company’s year-end party. Folks, it’s called a full frame camera and it’s the only answer for the discerning photographer who covers special events on a constant basis. Here are some reasons to convince you why a camera with a full frame sensor trumps the competition.


A full frame camera is the weapon of choice when it comes to image quality

A full frame camera is the weapon of choice when it comes to image quality


A Bigger Sensor

When everything is said and done, the laws of physics will come out on top and nothing can change that. The same can be said to camera sensors with all the current trends and gimmicks in the industry right now and how a full frame camera is the most logical choice for event photographers. A bigger sensor allows more light to be captured without compromising image quality and current cropped-sensor camera can never hold a candle to a full frame. This allows photographers to boost their ISO and shoot with a relatively fast shutter speed to capture that decisive moment without worrying about noisy photos that much.

Furthermore, having a bigger sensor gives you that pleasing blur when you isolate your subjects. This is especially true when you pair the camera with a fast prime when the lights go out during a wedding reception or a high school prom.


A Wider Field of View

Those who shoot events know the challenge of capturing photos of groups all too well. And that folks is one good reason to invest in a full frame camera too. That’s because there’s a wide range of affordable and quality wide lenses that’s designed for a full frame sensor and gives you more than enough room to shoot those group shots.


Having a wider view is a great thing when capturing family photographs

Having a wider view is a great thing when capturing family photographs


Compared to a cropped or a micro 4/3 sensor, using a 28 or 24mm lens will give you a truly wide angle without the need to sacrifice image quality. When Uncle Bob calls out the whole family during a wedding reception, you need not worry because you have the situation under control. You’ll have an easier time arranging them and fitting them all in your viewfinder for a photo they’d surely appreciate.


Top-Notch Ergonomics

As compared to low to mid-end models, a full frame camera comes with the right amount of buttons and dials that are designed to help you take better images faster. Major camera companies have sought to make their cameras more intuitive to use so photographers can focus more on being in the moment, rather than fiddling with their settings. And that goal has been achieved to their maximum potential in the form of full frame cameras.


When it comes to great moments, having a pleasing blur to emphasise the moment more is always better.

When it comes to great moments, having a pleasing blur to emphasise the moment more is always better.


This benefit has helped so many photographers who cover special events because a split second is all they’re gonna have on that day. Whether it’s that fateful wedding kiss, the birthday celebrant blowing the candles when the lights are dimmed, or that spontaneous reaction a kid does in the middle of the party, a full frame sensor is at its best when paired with a competent auto focus system.

A cropped sensor camera, or even a high-end cell phone, can do the trick of capturing a special moment. But when your name is on the line and people are gonna be expecting the best output from you, it’s a no-brainer folks. Go get a camera with a full frame sensor to make your life easier.
If you may have any reactions or anything you’d like to add to the topic, don’t be shy. Hit me up in the comments and give me a piece of your mind.

By |2017-04-13T04:05:40+00:00April 16th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|6 Comments

About the Author:

As a child, I've always been in love with stories and how it can change my idea of the world. As I grew older and got my first camera in 2008, I learned to translate that love of stories into photographs of anything and everything I’ve encountered. Since then, I’ve always made it a point to inject a sense of wonder and creativity into every shot I take. Eventually, it lead me to a whole world of amazing possibilities - weddings.
 I first started way back in 2010, learned under some of the best wedding and portrait photographers and never looked back since. This paved a path towards something that fulfills me artistically and keeps me sleepless at night with all the amazing ideas floating in my head. I love the thrill of weddings and the nostalgic atmosphere the day brings upon my creative side.


  1. Emma14_01 April 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Reply

    They say you get the best image quality when you pair a full frame camera with a prime lens. How true is that?

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      Julio Munar April 16, 2017 at 7:32 PM - Reply

      In essence, yeah. That’s because you’re eliminating a layer of glass found in zoom lenses, thus giving more kick to your shots. But that’s only if you’re looking too close. Generally, the quality of modern zoom lenses, when paired to full frame cameras, are already outstanding. Don’t worry too much about it and focus more on your technique.

  2. ToeToeRunsTheRace April 18, 2017 at 9:21 PM - Reply

    I’ve read the article and I’m just wondering if there any cons to a full frame camera when shooting events. Are there any?

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      Julio Munar April 19, 2017 at 8:09 AM - Reply

      I can say the depth of field is too thin and shooting group shots at night can be really challenging. That, and the weight of normal full frame DSLRs can take a toll, especially if you shooting a wedding. The same can be said when using huge prime lenses to mirrorless full frame cameras. Other than that, everything’s good because the image quality is on top of all these issues.

  3. Wedding photographers in delhi July 27, 2017 at 3:05 AM - Reply

    Nice Article , I am a professional wedding photographer in India , Delhi and totally agree using full frame camera .for shooting special events especially wedding

  4. Stephen March 14, 2019 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    hi, i follow your suggestion , using aperture mode, really good. but when come to event that the light not so good, this mode take few second to shot and without tripod, pic become blur, and if using mode A will have same result, so my question: what is the suitable mode for low light situation, without flash and tripod.. thanks

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