list of Canon Camera sensor Sizes

It can be confusing to know which canon digital cameras are crop sensors and which Canon cameras are full frame. The list of Canon cameras and their sensor sizes will help.

Both the full frame and crop sensor Canons have specific lenses designed to use with them so it can, at first glance, seem complicated to understand. This simplified explanation will help.


There are two standard sizes of sensors in Canon digital cameras. Full frame sensors are the same size, 36mm wide by 24mm tall, as the original 35mm film camera frame. The second size is about 1.6X smaller and named APS-C. This size is also commonly called a "Crop Sensor" because they are a cropped version of the full frame sensors. 


Canon crop sensor vs full frame sensorA Canon crop sensor is about 60 % of the size of a full frame sensor.

These lists of the two main sizes of Canon camera sensors starts with cameras that were released in 2012. Any before that are very outdated sensors and image quality won't be as high as more recent sensors will give you.

Which Canon cameras are APS-C crop sensor

Here's a list of Canon crop sensor cameras and when they were released. The official designation by Canon is APS-C cameras.

YEAR RELEASED CANON CAMERA
2012 REBEL t4i, EOS M
2013 REBEL t5i, SL1, EOS M2
2014 7D Mark II, REBEL t5i
2015 REBEL t6i, 80D, EOS M5
2016 REBEL t6, EOS M3, EOS M10
2017 REBEL t7i, SL2, 77D, EOS M6, EOS M100
2018 REBEL t7, t100, EOS M50
2019 90D, SL3, EOS M6 Mark II, EOS M200
2020 REBEL t8i, EOS M50 Mark II


Which Canon cameras have full frame sensors

Here's a list of Canon full frame sensor cameras and when they were released. Canon does not make as many full frame sensor cameras as they do crop sensor cameras.

YEAR RELEASED CANON CAMERA
2012 1DX, 5D Mark III, 6D
2013 1DC
2015 5Ds, 5Dr
2016 1DX Mark, 5D Mark IV II
2017 6D Mark II
2018 EOS R
2019 EOS RP
2020 1DX Mark III, EOS R5, EOS R6


Nikon vs Canon crop sensors

You're probably wondering how big is a full frame sensor on a Canon camera. Just like the full frame sensors in Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic digital cameras, full frame sensors measure 36mm wide and 24mm high.

The size of crop sensors can vary between manufacturers. For example, Canon's crop sensor measures in at 22.2 x 14.8 mm. and Nikon's crops sensor is slightly larger at 24mm by 16mm.


lenses for crop vs. full frame lenses

Canon crop sensor cameras will work with either EF-S or EF lenses. Canon full frame sensor cameras will only work with EF lenses. Here's the full article giving you more details in a simplified way on EF versus EF-S Lenses

Below you can watch the video that explains the differences in the lenses for both Canon crop vs. full frame cameras.


CANON FULL FRAME: Full frame sensor cameras need a lens that has a larger image circle that will project light onto and cover the entire area of the larger sensor.

CANON CROP FRAME: Crop sensor cameras don't need to use a lens that has as large of an image circle. That means you can use either the larger EF or the smaller EF-S lenses.


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