Portrait Photo Shoot-Out: Sony’s A6000 (Crop) Vs The A7II (Full-Frame)

Portrait Photo Shoot-Out: Sony’s A6000 (Crop) Vs The A7II (Full-Frame)

There’s plenty to think about when it comes to cameras, though something you might not be aware of is the difference between full-frame and crop sensors. Fortunately, to the rescue is photographer Manny Ortiz, who shows in the clip above the practical characteristics of each configuration.

Ortiz previously provided a great clip demonstrating the pros and cons of flash positioning, this time around however its the full-frame Sony A7II up against the cropped Sony A6000.

In this comparison, Ortiz champions the full-frame device for portraits shots:

If you shoot portraits, I always recommend getting a full-frame camera … the larger sensor allows you to capture more light, so it usually has better ISO noise. Full frame allows you to achieve a shallower depth of field … and use your lenses the way they’re supposed to.

If you want to see the differences for yourself, here’s a comparison:

Sony A7II (Full)

Sony A6000 (Crop)

Image: Manny Ortiz

As Ortiz points, you do indeed get the shallower focus you may prefer in a portrait photo with the A7II, however, there is something to be said for getting more of the background with the A6000’s cropped sensor.

Check out the full video for more photos and explanations on the differences between the sensors.

Full Frame (Sony A7II) vs Crop Sensor (Sony A6k) Which is better for portraits? [YouTube, via PetaPixel]


  • This is a bit disingenuous – the depth of field isn’t really reliant on what size sensor is in the camera you are using, but more to do with what aperture you are shooting at and the distance from the sensor to the subject, as well as the subject to the background.

    Sure, the sensor plays a part, but you’ll get a much better result from using a faster lens with a crop sensor camera then with a full frame and a slow lens.

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