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Support 4:3 VS 16:9 photo option?

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  1. kathayes

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    Why would you use the 16:9 photo option vs. just 4:3 option? Is the only advantage of the 16:9 that it is already cropped? Since the 4:3 is larger resolution, can't you achieve the same result with cropping?

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    Depending on how they change the format, either one (or neither one) may be higher resolution. Why use one over the other? To get a wider picture (16:9) or to save yourself from having to crop (4:3), I'd guess. But I'm not an experienced photographer, so it's just that - a guess.
     
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    Yes, a 16:9 (9.6 megapixel) image could be achieved by cropping a 4:3 (12.8 megapixel) original. Taking it originally in 16:9 should produce 25% smaller files and might be easier for someone who doesn't know how to crop or who plans to display it on a widescreen display.
     
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    I like wider pictures so I use 16:9 setting on mine.

    It's easy to crop in MS Paint if needed. Takes all of 10 seconds to do.
     
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    16:9 on the GN3 isn't any wider. Both 16:9 and 4:3 are the same 4128 pixels across. But 16:9 is shorter at 2322 tall versus 4:3's 3096.
     
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    I just did a test with both resolutions and you're right. it's not wider. The 16:9 however appeared to be closer to the target. That's odd. Widescreen should be superior over 4:3.
     
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    This is the same issue that comes up with dslr's that also shoot in crop modes. (Such as Nikon's DX/FX) You might as well disable the crop and shoot with the whole sensor and get as much info as you can then crop to your own specs later. Programs like Snapseed have 16x9 as an option to crop to so it isn't that hard to do later.
     
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