Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Should I snap in the ratio 3:2 or 4:3?

  1. #1

    Default Should I snap in the ratio 3:2 or 4:3?

    Hi, i'm got a query...
    Since my CP 5700 is able to snap at 3:2 and 4:3 ratio

    And I know 4R would be 3:2.. but why is there 4:3 then?
    What's the purpose of snapping 4:3 ratio resolutions?

    Pardon me if I sound dumb...

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    Singapore
    Posts
    12,938

    Default

    4:3 is better suited for computer display.

  3. #3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    4:3 is better suited for computer display.
    Hi, mpenza,
    is that the only reason?

    So am I right to say if I'm going for prints, snapping in 3:2 will be the choice?

    Thanks for your reply...

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Some equitorial, tropical isle
    Posts
    2,398

    Default

    Check the CCD sensor ratio and use that.
    Anything other than that is using interpolation or cropping and you are not maximising your CCD.

    Generally, 3:2 is the ratio for photos (eg 4R)
    and 4:3 is for computer monitors (eg 640x480)


  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Location
    AMK, Singapore
    Posts
    527

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus
    So am I right to say if I'm going for prints, snapping in 3:2 will be the choice?
    For 4R prints.. 3:2 would be correct. Ratios for other print sizes may vary..

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Singapore, Redhill
    Posts
    1,044

    Default

    4:3 makes better use of the image circle from the lens than 3:2, about 4% more of the same image circle used.

    4R is set at 6" x 4" which is 3:2. 8R is 10" x 8" which is 5:4.

    On video, the preferred ratio is 16:9, which is more to our eye's width. HDTV is 16:9. Standard TV ratio is 4:3, and it is also the standard monitor ratio.

  7. #7

    Default

    Digicam was originally made for computer screen/monitor (there was not enough resolution for printing), that's why most digicams use 4:3 ratio. Coolpix 5700 is one of few that can change format ratio.

    Anyway, if you are intending to print your results, without cropping (crop using your viewfinder), you'd better use 3:2 as most print sizes are 3:2. My cameras do not have the luxury to change format ratio, so I switch cameras when I want to change format ratio

    Two days ago I shot at a studio, and I find much easier to use "more boxy" format, 4:3 would be much easier to use. With 3:2 it was very hard to to include several people in the picture without getting the outside of the background curtain included.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •