Aspect Ratios on Olympus cameras vs Panasonic?

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Mark Ransom
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Re: Aspect Ratios on Olympus cameras vs Panasonic?

Guy Parsons wrote:

Andrew Mitchell wrote:

I am thinking of buying my first M43 camera. My 2010 Sony A55 is on its last legs, and I’m getting a bit bored with the constant 28mm of my Fuji X70 (although I still use it).

It is a toss up between the older Olympus EM10 Mark 3, or the newer Panasonic GX9. I have not decided on a lens yet, but I’m more comfortable with primes than cheap zooms. With the sales that are on at the moment, the Olympus is very, very competitively priced, even though my gut favors the Panasonic.

For better or worse, my favorite aspect ratio has always been 16:9 for stills (I don’t shoot much video).

My question is this: Is there any difference between the 2 cameras when shooting in 16:9? In Panasonic’s literature, 16:9 is listed as an option, but this is not the case with the Olympus, hence the question.

Any help would be most welcome. Thanks

Page 73 of the E-M10 Mk3 manual says.....

"You can change the aspect ratio (horizontal-to-vertical ratio) when taking pictures.
Depending on your preference, you can set the aspect ratio to [4:3] (standard), [16:9],
[3:2], [1:1], or [3:4]."

So it's just like all the other Olympus and Panasonic bodies, they all do 16:9 if you need it.

Just because they all support it, doesn't tell you which does it better.  You can get the different aspect ratio by cropping, by cropping and resizing, or by cropping one dimension and adding more sensor in the other.  To start even evaluating them, you'd want to know the exact pixel dimensions produced in the 16:9 mode on each camera.  If the width is the same in 4:3 mode and 16:9 mode, it's probably just cropping the top and bottom of the image.

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