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Old May 8, 2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default Aspect ratio, 4:3 or 19:9?

I realize this is a matter of personal taste, but I'd be interested in the opinions of other photographers.

Which aspect ratio do you prefer and use, 4:3 or 16:9? Why? I used 16:9 for several years exclusively but have recently gone back to 4:3, for around the house shots especially. The 4:3 pictures just seem more "complete" and can always be cropped to the other ratio.

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Old May 8, 2011, 11:58 AM   #2
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Hi Jack,

I prefer the 4:3 ratio to obtain the best IQ and full resolution of the sensor.

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Old May 8, 2011, 2:30 PM   #3
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On the FZ40/45

4:3 gives full 14 Megapixels
3:2 = 12.5M
16:9 = 10.5
1:1 = 10.5

As you said Jack, you can always crop afterwards
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I seem to get the sharpest results using the 16:9 aspect ratio at 10.5mp.
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Old May 8, 2011, 3:10 PM   #5
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I usually stick with 4:3 because it gives you the best IQ. But I do use 16:9 for scenery shots for maximum width when it calls for it.
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Old May 8, 2011, 7:15 PM   #6
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I usually shoot in 4:3.. but today I shot in 16:9.. not sure I noticed a difference tho as far as getting more landscape in. I'll have to take two pictures and compare them side by side one of these days.
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Old May 8, 2011, 8:30 PM   #7
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I'm collecting footage for my videos I hope to get on Public Access TV now so I am exclusively 16:9 so Power Director doesn't have the stretch the stills should I need to use still in place of video.

Also 16:9 for W.S. Desktop Backgrounds.

That's it. Other than that, 16:9 is really just a 4:3 cropped and is no wider than 4:3

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I think that my ZS7, and maybe my FZ100, have a multi-aspect mode that allows shooting in several aspect ratios at once and selecting the one that's best later. For the life of me, I can't find how to set this in the menu,....anyone know how to manage that?

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Old May 9, 2011, 9:39 AM   #9
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I crop for the intended viewing device. if i know all the pictures will be viewed on a wide-screen tv (like family shots) and i'm not expecting to do any pp cropping, i'll shoot 16:9 just to lessen my work-load. however, i've found that usually i can do a pp crop off the top with no loss for the pictures i take. i review the results and if any need fixing, i redo the crop selecting a different y-axis starting point. i'm pretty tolerant of not-perfect cropping for family pictures tho.
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Old May 9, 2011, 10:38 AM   #10
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"Plus, the Multi-aspect Mode*2 lets the camera take an image in all 3 aspect ratios simultaneously, so you can choose the best one after shooting."

Above is a direct quote the Panasonic web site hyping the ZS7. Even though it refers to Multi-Aspect as a "Mode", I am unable to dig it out of the menus. Anyone ever tried this?

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