When it comes to APS-C cameras things ‘seem’ to be going rather well. Newer APS-C cameras like the Sony a6400, and Fujifilm’s X-T3 are doing things that photographers never thought APS-C cameras would be able to do, but after four years, the Samsung NX500 still occupies the number two spot on DXOMark’s list of best performing (from an image quality stand point) APS-C cameras. Above it sits the Nikon D7200 which was also released back in 2015. How can this be? One has to wonder just what on earth is going on with APS-C sensors, and why haven’t things improved for four years when it comes to their overall image quality? 

Let’s make no bones about it, back in 2015 the Nikon D7200 and the Samsung NX500 were two of best APS-C cameras you could get your hands on. The cameras offered ground breaking features and image quality that was hard to beat. We marveled at the things the NX500 could do when it was launched, and we truly believed that APS-C cameras had come of age; so what has happened in the last four years in terms of APS-C sensors? One would think that with the technological advances that have been made during this time, newer APS-C sensors would be able outperform sensors that are four years old.

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