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Old Aug 19, 2006, 11:59 AM   #1
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I understand that the typical television in 4:3 and your 6x4 snapshot is 3:2.

My five meg camera goes down to 4.5 megs at 3:2.

Our pictures are used as much for video slide shows as they are for 6x4 prints.

So which setting should I use?
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 12:18 PM   #2
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I always shoot at the most pixels and crop later.
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 1:12 PM   #3
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I choose the format offered by the camera I am using. That is: I always shoot at the higest resolution the camera offers.

By the way, television is going 16:9, so 4:3 is now an old format.
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Old Sep 5, 2006, 11:25 PM   #4
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I always shoot 3:2 because that is what most printing is done in (where I live anywhere, bigger cities probably have stores offering more options for print size).

While cropping is possible at the highest resolution, I often fit an image to fill the full frame, meaning that cropping it will lose some important part of the image! I used to shoot 4:3 (5MP mode for me) but after my first few prints, I decided to switch to 3:2 (only 4.5MP but worth the loss to me)
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Old Nov 28, 2006, 8:15 PM   #5
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If I plan to print a 4x6, I'll use 3:2. Otherwise, I leave it at 4:3 for more pixels on my P&S. 99% of the pictures I take never get printed.
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Old Nov 29, 2006, 7:44 AM   #6
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I don't have the choice: now shooting with a 3:2, used to shoot with a 4:3. I never really knew how I was going to use the image if it is printed- (most likely for the web where it can be any aspect ratio). So with the 4:3 ratio camera I aimed to leave some "cropable" areas along the long edges. That allows it to be cropped to 3:2 without cutting something important. With a 3:2 ratio, some slack has to be left on the short edges to allow cropping to 8x10".

So get used to one format and allow some slack on the approriate edge. Don't switch back and forth - doing that would confuse me for sure. That means using the 4:3 since that gives the most pixels so less is lost by cropping to the desired format.
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