What ratio do you use most - 4:3, 3:2, 1:1 or 16:9?

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by digi2ap, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. digi2ap

    digi2ap Mu-43 Rookie

    Nov 30, 2011
    My first and only m43 camera is a GH1 and thanks to the multi-aspect sensor I happily photograph mainly in 3:2 and occasionally 1:1 but never 4:3. This may be because my other camera is a Sigma DP where the sensor is fixed 3:2 but it may also be because 3:2 is the more adopted standard in other formats - I tread carefully as I say that :rolleyes:

    So my question is do you stick to the 4:3 format, being a four thirds camera or do you prefer to photograph in 3:2? And for those that, like me, have a GH1 or GH2 do you make use of the other formats more than 4:3?
  2. mister_roboto

    mister_roboto Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 14, 2011
    Seattle, WA, USA
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    Pretty much 4:3. When I first started out, I thought maybe I'd have some troubles with 4:3- turns out I didn't as my favorite film was 120 6x6. I love me some squares.
  3. Henk

    Henk Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 18, 2010
    the Netherlands
    My GH-2 is on 3:2 mode most of the time because I shoot landscapes. The GX-1 is in 4:3 mode as it has no native 3:2.
  4. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
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    1) 4:3 about 90% of the time
    2) 16:9 about 10% of the time
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  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I generally shoot in 4x3 but often crop in post.
  6. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
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    I shot 4:3 for the longest time but I'm doing a lot more 3:2 this year. Change it up a bit. The 16mp sensors will give you a nice 14mp image for 3:2 and 12mp image for 16:9, which I find perfectly acceptable.
  7. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Coming from a canon DSLR, I initially was quite unused the the 4:3 format. It's starting to grow on me now. As others have mentioned, I also prefer the 3:2 or 16:9 for landscape, but I do often crop a bit as well.
  8. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I prefer the 3:2 on my GH2, but may try the 4:3 more once I get the GH3 since that camera is not multi-aspect and that means I lose resolution when I use 3:2 =|
  9. iau

    iau Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 19, 2009
    I use 3:2 on my E-M5.
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Preference for 3:2 or 16:9 in landscape, and 4:3 in portrait, but ultimately whatever suits the composition. It would be totally awesome if the multi-aspect sensor in my GH1 had an auto mode linked to an orientation sensor that switched from 3:2 to 4:3 in landscape and portrait. Even better again would be a physical switch on the body (like the LX7) to change it yourself.
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  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    For color I like 2:1 or 4:1, B+W portraits I go for 8:1...
  12. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
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    Jan (John) Kusters
    After 25 years shooting medium format (645) I never really got used to the 2:3 of 35 mm film. Very happy to be back on 4:3 now.
  13. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
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    When I had the GH2 I shot 80% on 3:2 and the rest on 16:9. Now with the EM5 there's no point selecting a crop in camera most of the time. The one exception is when I shoot weddings where all our other cameras are 3:2 so it makes sense to shoot the EM5 like that for consistancy.

  14. Van

    Van Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 10, 2011
    Shooting with my GH2, I alternate between 4:3 (portraits, most other shots) and 16:9 (landscapes).

    With the GX1, I always shoot 4:3 and crop in post.

    It's a pity Panasonic seems to be moving away from a multi-aspect sensor (GH3)
  15. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I shoot in 4:3 but it's hard to avoid that when you shoot RAW so I'll amend that to say my viewfinder is set to display in 4:3.

    I usually leave my images in 4:3 which I've actually come to like. I do crop at times, however. Sometimes that's to whatever odd ratio suits the image in my view but I'm also coming to crop in a cinema wide screen format such as 2.35:1 or even 2.4:1. I don't think I've ever cropped in 3:2, maybe once or twice a square crop, and very rarely in 16:9.

    With the right image I really like those extreme wide screen format crops.
  16. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Most of my shots are probably 4:3 just because that's the native ratio of my camera, but my favorite to create is 2:1 panoramas.
  17. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    viewfinder is set to 3:2, but all the RAW files are 4:3. So I frame for 3:2, but occasionally 'reframe' or do not crop and leave in 4:3
  18. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Been more recently with my GF3 shooting 3:2, but with my G2 I was only shooting in 4:3 ratio. Now with my Sony A57 it natively shoots at 3:2, and since I was already using 3:2 with my GF3, I kept it that way(not even sure if the A57 offers 4:3 or 1:1).
  19. Bokeh Diem

    Bokeh Diem Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    I shoot 4/3rd and crop from there. I like the ultra-wide format a lot.... long horizons, closeups have backgrounds creeping 'round the edges, all sorts of neat tricks.