Iphone X-Why in regular photo mode shooting a pic in landscape doesn't take up the whole screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sicilianonj, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. sicilianonj macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2014
    So maybe this is normal but when I turn the phone sideways for landscape pictures (in photo mode) the image doesn't take up the whole screen like it seems to do in any of the video modes (video, time-lapse, slo-mo)...is this normal or is there a setting where you can take advantage of he whole ratio of the screen for photos?
  2. quamsi macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2013
    If it stretched the photos to fit the screen, A small portion of the top and bottom would be cut off the photo.
  3. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    It's a totally different aspect ratio. It basically wouldn't fit.
  4. QquegChristian macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    It’s the standard photo aspect ratio of 4:3 (standard for decades amongst cameras) which is not as wide as the phone’s aspect ratio. Video on the phone is shot at 16:9 aspect ratio which is wider than the photos but still not the full width of the screen.

    There are a few reasons why the phone still shoots photos at 4:3. First, it’s a good size for common print sizes. Kind of splitting the different between different print ratios of 4x6, 5x7, 8x10.

    The second reason is that 4:3 is a good shape for photographing people. A super wide photograph of a person would leave them only taking up a small portion of the image or cropping a lot of their body off.

    But the main reason is likely this... the 4:3 image you are seeing is likely the sensor using every bit of the sharpest area of the camera lens it can use. Any wider and the lens will have to get bigger.

    But a lens is a circle, so if the lens gets bigger, this shape will still use the most of that new lens.

    They could easily make the photos as wide as the phone, but they would be doing it by simply cutting off the top and bottom of the picture to leave you with what is left. This is a silly solution because you can simply crop the photo like that yourself after taking it.

    Video is wider on the phone because it shoots video in the 16x9 standard of televisions. But you’ll notice if you switch between photo mode and video mode in the camera that video mode seems to zoom in... that is because the phone is cropping the image as I explained above. The image is not getting wider, it is actually getting shorter and then displayed larger.

    You can make any photo the same shape as a video by going to edit choosing the crop tool on the bottom right and choosing 16:9. This will cut off the image in the same way it would if it shot photos like that in the first place... but the benefit is that you get to choose what gets cut off later, or not to cut anything off at all.

    Hope that made sense.

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