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Old May 6, 2003, 12:24 PM   #1
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Default What is 4:3 3:2 mode?

What do those terms mean? What is a good resolution to take pics at for a 3.2 MP camera, 4 and 5 MP camera?
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Old May 6, 2003, 12:31 PM   #2
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4:3 and 3:2 are the formats or the shape of the pics. You'll find 3:2 is more oblong than the squarer 4:3 (about normal TV screen shape).

It's always best to take your pics at max resolution, you can drop down if you're running out of memory - always stay as high as you can.
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Old May 6, 2003, 12:46 PM   #3
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Thank you very much.
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Old May 6, 2003, 1:47 PM   #4
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If I'm not mistaken 3:2 is close to or same as 35mm - can someone confirm??
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Old May 6, 2003, 2:24 PM   #5
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If I'm not mistaken 3:2 is close to or same as 35mm - can someone confirm??
Yeah, that's 24 x 36 mm on the film
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Old May 6, 2003, 3:26 PM   #6
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So is this something you set on the camera or in digital darkroom when you are ready to print pictures?
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Old May 6, 2003, 7:03 PM   #7
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It depends on the camera, Honey. If your camera has a 3:2 mode, then select this for perfectly matched 4x6 prints. If you want to display your pictures on a TV or computer screen, full screen resolutions are usually in a 4:3 ratio, and selecting this option would work best then. For my camera, there is no 3:2 option, so you can either not crop your pictures too tightly on the narrow side if you want to print them (risks being cut off when resizing for prints) or manually crop them to a 3:2 ratio yourself to ensure you get the print you want. For my 2MP camera, which is 1600x1200 pixels (4:3), you can crop it to 1600x1067 pixels (3:2) for perfect 4x6 prints. Any size crop will do, as long as you maintain the 3:2 ratio-- just don't try to blow up a 300x200 pixel area of your photo and expect it to be sharp and clear!
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Another dumb question. So which pixel sizes correspond to 4:3 or 3:2. Is there a link somewhere that would explain all of this to me?
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Old May 7, 2003, 11:16 PM   #9
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You'll just have to do the math-- ":" means ratio. A 4:3 ratio = 4/3, so just divide the width by the height and compare. 1600/1200 = 4/3, for example.
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thought so, thanks.
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