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Why so many $#%* widescreen digital frames?

by rayray8822 / January 27, 2008 2:17 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.

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I have no idea, but I suspect the idea of a fixed ratio is
by Kiddpeat / January 27, 2008 3:59 AM PST

dropping away. I suspect the makers have dealt with a few facts of life, like cropping, sensor geometry, and less than 100% viewfinders, and are taking their best shot at an answer. I have no cameras with a 16:9 form factor, and my newest is neither 4:3 nor 16:9. It really hasn't bothered me, but, to me, editing and cropping are a given of processing a photo.

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Wide screen frames
by hjfok / January 28, 2008 5:21 AM PST

Here are some reasons I can think of. Many wide screen frames are meant to display more than one photo, especially the bigger wide screen frames. A good number of consumers like to display 2-3 photos at the same time. Another reason will be the frame sounds bigger than it actually is. Some people don't know that a 10" normal aspect ratio frame display more of a photo than a 10" widescreen frame. Furthermore, the actual area of a wide screen frame is smaller than the area of a normal aspect ratio frame, so they use less material and thus save on the cost of production, and still get advertised as a bigger frame than they actually can fully display.

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