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Old Jan 20, 2011, 5:47 AM   #1
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Guess ,I am getting too old for all this!! What do you use ??12m or 8ez.............4:3/3:2/16:9 ???
I started up a few month ago with just intelligent auto mode and factory settings......the more I look into other settings, I get sleepless nights!
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 5:49 AM   #2
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I also am never quite sure what aspect ratio to use...most of my shots are 4:3...is there any advantage/disadvantage in choosing a ratio??
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 6:25 AM   #3
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Use 4:3 to get full IQ,


Image Size Options (4:3) 12M 4000x3000 8M 3264x2448 5M 2560x1920 3M 2048x1536 2M 1600x1200 0.3M 640x480 Image Size Options (3:2) 10.5M 4000x2672 7M 3264x2176 4.5M 2560X1712 2.5M 2048X1360 Image Size Options (16:9) 9M 4000X2248 6M 3264X1840 3.5M 2560X1440 2M 1920X1080
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As joe says above, 4:3 gives you the highest IQ. But, go to 16:9 if the scenery asks for it, like a sprawling landscape, sunsets, etc. Only reduce your image down to 8mp if you MUST use EZ. EZ is much better than digital zoom but I find that the IQ is still rather poor. 3:2 vs. 4:3 is really personal taste. Also keep in mind, if you ever want to get prints, you need to crop them to the typical print sizes.
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G'day Franziskus

Aspect Ratio is the shape of the image ...
Picture size / image size is the number of pixels used ...

if you're going on holidays and plan to print lots of 4 x 6" prints, set aspect to 3:2 / 6:4
if you're going to look at all your images on the computer screen - set 4:3
if you've got a wide-screen HdTv then use 19:9

If the largest print you're ever going to print is an 8 x 12", then 5mpx will suffice
If all your prints are 4 x 6" jobs, then 2mpx will give you all the detail you need

Hope that this doesn't add to your confusion :-)
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Thank you all....kind of get an understanding of all this!
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If 5 mpx suffices for such prints, why are cameras going all the way to 18mpx? Isn't it better to try and give a wider aperture range, or bigger zoom instead?

When I'm out in the bush, I have to even go to 3mp EZ to get the zoom required to catch shots, and they aren't all that bad. But Ive found for long shots, 5 mp EZ seems to be the best compromise.

I will try 16:9 next time I'm out...
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if you've got a wide-screen HdTv then use 19:9



Hope that this doesn't add to your confusion :-)
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Did you mean 16:9?
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Did you mean 16:9?
I'm sure he did. 16:9 was a big requirement for me when I purchased my new dslr last year. since i knew the normal viewing device for my work will be computer monitors and hdtvs, i wanted 16:9 ooc. later i found that several free programs will allow you to extract a 16:9 section out of a 4:3 or 3:2 image. without much effort. (irfanview is one example). so now it's less important. any important photo shoots, i use my sensor's full resolution. this gives me more options at pp time.
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