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Why so frickin' many widescreen digital frames?

by rayray8822 / January 27, 2008 2:28 AM PST

Someone please explain to me the reason for the pervasiveness of so-called "widescreen" digital picture frames.

It would seem to me that since folks take photos in 4:3 format, they would want to display them in 4:3 format . . . not have them automatically cropped by the 16:9 digiframe.

Are that many people taking pics in 16:9? My Sony has that option, and I?ve never even used it.

I even wrote Kodak an email asking this question . . . no response, of course.

Ray
Athens, GA

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possible answer
by udayan71 / January 27, 2008 2:44 AM PST

you could have 4:3 digital frames but then the photos you take in 16:9 would be letterboxed.

instead with a 16:9 frame, the 4:3 photos are windowboxed which gives the illusion of spare screen space rather than the photo being shrunk to match a small screen.

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Scenery?
by tcardone05 / January 27, 2008 3:22 AM PST

well, assuming you don't buy the one with a virus on it, some people may put scenery on the frames taken by professionals, and some of them are in the different format.

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I can see that . . .
by rayray8822 / January 27, 2008 9:51 PM PST
In reply to: Scenery?

. . . but what I can't see is why MOST of them are widescreen. I don't know anyone who takes widescreen shots. Go to (ahem) Wal-Mart or anywhere that does digital film processing, and the machines are all fed with 4:3 paper. So why the hell is it so hard to find a 4:3 digital frame? Almost all the ones on the market are widescreen.

Is it because "widescreen" is such a buzz word that no one has bothered to notice that it mainly applies to TVs/movies and not to digital photography.

p.s. Oh yeah, along those lines, I'm in the market for a decent 4:3 digiframe for under $200. My fruitless searches over the holidays spawned this post, needless to say.

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Westinghouse makes a 4:3 screen.
by z3ro1 / January 28, 2008 5:23 AM PST

I was ranting to my wife about this problem a few months ago too. So for christmas she got me a Westinghouse 4:3 digital frame, she said it was kinda hard to find.
I was doing some research and the best I could come up with for the rise of widescreen digital frames is that they would rather trim alittle bit off the top and bottom rather than a larger chunk on the sides. But I haver never seen a digital frame that does this.

http://www.photovu.com/faq/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/aspect15_s-2.jpg

http://www.photovu.com/faq/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/aspect15_w.jpg

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panoramic shots?...
by shawnlin / January 28, 2008 11:08 AM PST

panoramic shots?... Do they get "cut off" to fit the frame?

The only other thing I can think of is simply that so many screens these days are going widescreen and perhaps it makes it more economical to have that format?

Best,
Shalin

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