MFT I don't get it . . .

Started Jan 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 3,782
The MFT standard explicitly allows a variety of aspect ratios

letsgofishing wrote:

Tom Axford wrote:

The four thirds in MFT refers to the sensor size, which is four thirds inches (i.e. 1.33 inches) using a very old way of specifying the size of sensors in television cameras by giving the size of the tube in which the sensor was located. The actual sensor diameter is about 0.8" in MFT cameras.

...maybe - it is laso the actual physical aspect ratio of the sensor - 17.3x13mm = 4:3.....

It is purely coincidence that the common aspect ratio is currently 4:3.

The point I was making is that the Micro Four Thirds standard is designed to be compatible with various different aspect ratios. At the moment all MFT cameras use 4:3 (although a few have multi-aspect ratio sensors allowing 16:9 also), but at any time a manufacturer could produce an MFT camera using 1:1 or 3:2, etc, if they felt it would be economically viable.

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