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That's nice, but what is it?...It's a M4/3.....Yes, but what's that?...Challenge.

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Dave in Wales, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Dave in Wales

    Dave in Wales Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 5, 2011
    West Wales
    This a conversation a friend and I had recently........That's nice, but what is it?...It's a M4/3.....Yes, but what's that?

    All I could think of saying was...well it's mirror-less which makes it a lot smaller than a normal DSLR.

    His next question was....What's the M4/3's bit then?

    :blush: Stumped, at that instant I could not give him an answer, and that coming from someone that's been 'into' photograhy for more than 50 years is sad indeed.

    I have always been a little flummoxed by :43:, to my it has a mystique about it that other types of photography from way back, never had, and yes I've done all the reading.

    So........Your mission, Forum Member, is to come up with a succinct sentance that adaquately describes :43:, understandable to me and a non-photo type.

    Oh..BTW, I will not be fobbed off with links to other sites who do it better that you can :rolleyes: 

    Oh..BTW2, I have since taken a severe dive in my friends confidence as the all knowing photo expert. :frown:
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  2. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    I just take the lens off my camera and point at the sensor...
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  3. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dave's challenge... errr... commandment...
  4. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    My short answer is that the cameras you see more regularly are essentially film cameras adapted with a digital sensor. That's why they look familiar. A group of companies got together and started with the chip, not the camera, and made these. The bigger chip makes sharper pics, but the gap is closing fast and these cameras make up for it by being much handier to take everywhere.
  5. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    Micro four thirds native format is 4:3, whereas a "standard" DSLR's native format is 3:2.

    My simple answer anyway.
  6. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    4/3, whether micro or not, comes from the 4/3" sensor, which has a 21.6mm diagonal (about half that of an old 35mm or new digital "full frame".) The "micro" part comes from removing the mirror, thus reducing the distance from the lens mount to the sensor, allowing for smaller cameras and lenses.

    Note: the 4:3 ratio is favored by the 4/3 designers, but that's not the 4/3 in the format name.
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  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    This is about as good an explanation as you're going to find to describe the term "micro four thirds". :thiagree:

    That said, I'm not sure there's a lot of value in the definition of the term for the layman. When people ask me about my camera, I start by explaining that it offers a really good compromise between size and image quality while allowing me to use a wide range of lenses. If my audience's curiosity continues past that, I might then get into explaining that the system is called :43: and then explain what that means and what trade-offs the design entails.
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  8. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I jist tell people it's a micro-slr now. Solves a lot of problems quickly without getting into image quality or size discussions. If they're more curious I show them there is no mirror etc, usually side stepping the sensor size issue.
  9. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    A system that offers the quality of APS-C DSLRs and a large selection of of lenses in a smaller, lighter, more convenient package.
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