GH4 & Stills: Does aspect ratio matter?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by acuriousman, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. acuriousman

    acuriousman Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 20, 2013
    I've been hearing a lot of conflicting info about this.

    Is there one aspect ratio for stills that will garner the best quality/dynamic range over all others? I've been hearing 4:3 is the best aspect ratio for stills because it "uses the entire GH4 sensor".

    Is this true or will they all give you the exact same quality?
  2. Pili

    Pili Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Boulder, CO
    The native aspect ratio for stills is 4:3, so yes, shooting in that ratio will give you full access to the sensor. Shooting in say, 3:2, will just crop the top/bottom portions of the image, leaving you will less vertical pixels to work with.

    The ability to change aspect ratios is really just a convenience and doesn't offer you any IQ benefit over shooting native 4:3 and cropping in post (besides seeing an adjusted ratio in Live View).

    Video is a whole other matter all together though.
  3. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    They will all give you the exact same quality,
    and I'd be surprised if anyone had said otherwise!