Crop factor

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The crop factor is the difference between the size of the CCD sensor in your camera and the size of a typical 35mm film frame.

Usually CCDs are smaller, so the crop factor for a pocket camera can be around 6 and the crop factor for a DSLR is usually around 1.5. Some DSLRs have a 35mm size sensor so the factor for these is 1.

External link: The digital crop factor explained