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MentorRon

I have begun posting images from my latest acquisition, a second-hand Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1/ZX1 point'n'shoot pocket camera. I am using 16:9 format, so resolution is reduced to 9MP. I cost $14.99 at a local thrift store. I limit ISO to Auto800 max. It's specs are in equipment listings on ePhotozine: https://www.ephotozine.com/equipment/item/panasonic-lumix-dmc-zx1-2812
Older photos (of Europe) were taken with my ($7 Cdn) Fujifilm Finepix F100fd point'n'shoot.
My Avatar shows me holding a used Kodak Pony 135 camera found in a thrift store recently: that model was my 1st 35mm camera in the late 1950s. (All manual: 4 shutter speeds (25-50-100-200th plus Bulb), film wind knob, guess-timating focus, external exposure meter and flash required Wink
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Digital Camera Image Formats

17 May 2019 3:35AM   Views : 699 Unique : 342

In this day and age, I cannot understand why most cameras come with 4:3 as their default aspect ratio, and sometimes even their LCD shape too. To me it shouldn't exist any more, as that I believe came to be because they originally adopted the SD TV ratio. My feeling is that there should still be 3 sizes, but they should be:
Square (like the Hasselblads)
3:2 (like 35mm film)
16:9 ( like most HD TVs.)
If anyone knows a really good reason for keeping 4:3, please enlighten me !!!
Enough said.

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bobhp 7 22
17 May 2019 2:07PM
Actually more cameras use 3:2 than 4:3 when I used Olympus 4/3rds cameras the advantage to me was that they matched the A series sizes of printing papers.

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
18 May 2019 10:02AM
Presonally, I prefer 4:3 and set all my cameras to record that format.

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