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Rony Sokolov
FF vs APS-C: video question
on Feb 1, 2016 at 2:21:54 pm
Last Edited By Rony Sokolov on Feb 1, 2016 at 2:25:21 pm


I have the a7ii which I'm mainly using for shooting video. I'd like to understand how the sensor works with FF vs APS-C in video mode. The a7 has an option to manually change the size of the lens (between FF or APS-C). This means that I can use a FF lens but change the cam settings to APS-C mode.

So...I have a general understanding how it works with stills: with a full frame lens I can get the max resolution 6000*4000, or, if I use the APS-C mode (lets say I need optical zoom) I get a crop factor of 1.5 and lower resolution 3936x2624. It's quite straightforward: with the APS-C mode activated, only part of the sensor is at work and that's why things look closer. A 50mm FF lens in APS-C mode behaves like 75 mm.
Now, how does it work with video? Since the 1920*1080 resolution of video is much lower than any still taken with either FF or APS-C... Is there any loss of quality with the APS-C mode compared with FF mode in video? Or can I safely say that such feature in the cam turns a single FF lens into two (so if I buy 50mm it's like buying both 50 and 75). Of course, I'm planning to experiment once I get the lens, but theoretically...I would be interesting to know how the sensor gets from max resolution to HD video.

Hope someone can clarify here.

Many thanks

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