16x9 vs. 3x2 image ratio

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Shield3
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16x9 vs. 3x2 image ratio
May 8, 2012

I have a home media center and my family and I review photographs on the big screen TV. I prefer to see the image fill up the screen so I shoot in 16x9 mode.

Why does it seem like Canon and Nikon cameras don't offer this option? At least on the ones I've looked at.
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In reply to Shield3, May 8, 2012

They're stuck in the 3:2 era.

I'm sure others with less smart-alek comments with a along shortly.
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In reply to lehill, May 8, 2012

Does it have anything to do with megapixels? I.E. when I shoot with the A-57 in 16x9 mode it's really 14MP.

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In reply to Shield3, May 8, 2012

Shield3 wrote:

Why does it seem like Canon and Nikon cameras don't offer this option? At least on the ones I've looked at.

I won't comment on what Canon and Nikon do, but I have been shooting more and more stills in 16:9 because it's kinda fun - and as you say, it works great when viewing images later on a 16:9 monitor. In reality, it's simply cropping the top and bottom off of a normal image, so you could do the same thing after the fact using any camera... but seeing the scene that way while composing a shot makes a difference in perception.

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Shield3 wrote:

I have a home media center and my family and I review photographs on the big screen TV. I prefer to see the image fill up the screen so I shoot in 16x9 mode.

Why does it seem like Canon and Nikon cameras don't offer this option? At least on the ones I've looked at.

You didn't look very hard:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos600d/2

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In reply to Shield3, May 8, 2012

want you to be able to display all of the MPs of the camera's sensor? You do know that if you take an image, or show an image, at 16:9, you'd not using all the MPs of the camera?

I have a 5MP cellphone that allows me to take pictures in 16:9, instead of 3:2. However, when doing so, the image is only using 4MP.

Besides most HDTVs have a zoom function on them which either crops or slightly distorts the image to fill the screen. And, some companies now have 22:9 ration TV screens which allows movies that are shot in that format to be seen as they are shown in the theaters, instead of being cropped, or shown in reduced size to fit the 16:9 screen.

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I have a home media center and my family and I review photographs on the big screen TV. I prefer to see the image fill up the screen so I shoot in 16x9 mode.

Why does it seem like Canon and Nikon cameras don't offer this option? At least on the ones I've looked at.
Thanks,
Shawn

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Shield3 wrote:

I have a home media center and my family and I review photographs on the big screen TV. I prefer to see the image fill up the screen so I shoot in 16x9 mode.

Why does it seem like Canon and Nikon cameras don't offer this option? At least on the ones I've looked at.

It's pretty easy to crop to 16:9 afterwards. That's what I do.

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In reply to Shield3, May 9, 2012

in 16:9 because I put so much on the Internet. It's easy to view on today's wide screen monitors. I was surprised Canon doesn't offer this option.

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Did you see this post?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1037&message=41459221

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in 16:9 because I put so much on the Internet. It's easy to view on today's wide screen monitors. I was surprised Canon doesn't offer this option.

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Sony's got the largest model coverage of the format. I've searched on my 5D.2 and can't find it (nor could I find it in the manual). Maybe it's got to do with Sony also selling TV's.

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re: why Sony does not offer 1:1? :-)
In reply to Shield3, May 10, 2012

with EVF it should be simple firmware update.
I know, I can crop it later but it would be nice to compose in square format.

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In reply to Shield3, May 10, 2012

I only shoot 3x2. If I want a 16x9 I'll crop the image. I don't own a wide screen monitor. I have a 22" 4x3 LCD monitor.

Now my Nikon P90 non SLR has the option for 16x9 in it.
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In reply to RichV, May 10, 2012

Sony had their HDNA ads a while back, and the subject of the ads were how everything would be interconnected. And even further back in time, the theme of Sony's exhibits at CES was the Digital Convergence, or the coming together of difference because of the digital language they communicated with.

RichV wrote:

Sony's got the largest model coverage of the format. I've searched on my 5D.2 and can't find it (nor could I find it in the manual). Maybe it's got to do with Sony also selling TV's.

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ArtiTO wrote:

with EVF it should be simple firmware update.
I know, I can crop it later but it would be nice to compose in square format.

Then just think in your head how everything would look in 1:1. As for me, I think it's dumb to waste a third of the pixels of the sensors.

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In reply to ZippyZX3, May 10, 2012

Having the possibility to use 3:2 or 16:9 (with my A77), I have different needs/approaches.

I am now a fan of the on-line printed photo books (after having filled my walls with very large prints made by myself). I use Apple Aperture (and the Apple print service) and I have to say that the printing quality is even better than my home printings (Epson R1800). In this case (books), I have noticed that it is far more easy to fill the pages with images with the 3:2 aspect ratio.

As the film format of the A77 is 16:9, if I have to make a film including both photos and movie clips, I have found that it is better to use the 16:9 format also for the images. I know I can crop/resize the 3:2 pictures in the 16:9 format, but it can happen that you have to leave out important parts out of the picture (e.g. if the subject fills the 3:2 frame). If you shot your pictures directly in 16:9 you do not run this risk (no cropping necessary).

To summarize, as a rule of thumb, this is what I do: 3:2 for the normal pictures (see photo album) - 16:9 for the pictures to be used together with the clips in editing a movie.

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