Some dumb questions I have been wondering about

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark B. Forum Pro • Posts: 22,193
Re: Some dumb questions I have been wondering about

Wellington100 wrote:

1) Why are camera sensors not square? Surely a square sensor is the most efficient way to get the best out of a lens?

Because standard print formats are not square, nor are any display devices.  That's fine for some pros who don't mind the format or cropping, but for the vast majority of point 'n shoot users, as well as DSLR users, square just wouldn't make sense.  For sure I wouldn't want to crop every single image.  You can argue about most efficient use of the area all day long, it doesn't change the fact that a square format doesn't work for my shooting.


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