GH3 "new 16MP multi-aspect ratio sensor"

Started Sep 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
DjarumBlack Senior Member • Posts: 1,437
Re: image circle not pixels

Bob Meyer wrote:

No. The GH2 sensor simply uses all of the existing image circle in 3:2 and 16:9 modes. The standard m43 sensor wastes more and more of it as you crop.

DjarumBlack wrote:

If I understand correctly, then, if the image circle(well, really the sensor) is wider than the traditional mFT sensor, then the FOV is wider too. I guess I can see this advantage for wide angle stuff. Does't that mean the lenses have to also be able to illuminate that larger image circle?

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I've stopped thinking in terms of "equivalent" focal lengths on m43. 25mm is what it is, and what it might be similar to on some other format doesn't matter to me any more. We need to learn what to expect from our current equipment, not keep mapping it to the old. No one refers to their 50mm FF lens as "equivalent to 80mm on MF."

Visuals always help me. I went to the GH2 review from dpreview and looked at what is going on. The sensor is actually larger than the image circle. A crop of the sensor is still going on. It is just that the crop in any format uses the entire image circle and the corners of the sensor that are cropped off aren't in the image circle to begin with. I didn't realize the sensor was actually bigger.

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