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Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

I was at an electronics store today and was able to try the iPhone 5 for the first time.

 

If I took a photo in landscape mode I noticed that it was letter-boxed, even when looked at in the Photo app.

 

Is it not possible to take a photo the full size of the screen? Is that perhaps a setting?

 

Thanks,

 

doug


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, iMac (21.5-inch Late 2009, 12 GB)
  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    Maybe there is a setting I couldn't see in the store because of the rush?

     

    How do you, for example, take a picture and use it as wallpaper if you can shoot the full size of the screen?

     

    Thanks,

     

    doug

  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    Does anybody who has an iPhone 5 now happen to know if there is a setting to take full screen-sized photos? Or are they always letter-boxed?

     

    Thanks,

     

    doug

  • mwaltari Level 1 (30 points)

    iPhone camera, just as most on the market, has a letter-box sensor dimension of 3/4 (or 2/3, not sure). iPhone 5 screen is wide-format (propably 16:9). You may either zoom in (double-tap) or crop the photos in photos-app to match the screen dimension. 8MPix photos have plenty of room for cropping, still filling the screen in iPhone 5 and also HD TV:s (1080x1920  = 2,073 MPix).

    Video is 16:9 HD (1080x1920).

  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    OK, thank you. That is helpful.

     

    doug

  • RustyTrom Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually this is misrepresentation on Apple's behalf.

     

    What is the point of having a camera that does not fill the screen? Having to crop the photo just so I can view it full screen on my device is crazy.

     

    If I could get a refund I would.

     

    RT

  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    While I understand the technical reasons, it seems strange. Apple should have upgraded the sensor so it supported a 16:9 ratio photo too.

     

    doug

  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    I've been chatting about this with some Japanese friends here and they too can't understand why you would have a 16:9 screen and then not be able to take 16:9 photos. It seems like a negative mark against the design.

     

    doug

  • jps1012 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there an app that shoots full screen (16:9)?

  • RustyTrom Level 1 (0 points)

    The sensor is 4:3, so any app would just crop the 4:3 pic into the correct 16:9 dimensions - doing this you lose some resolution of the picture because 16:9 is shorter and wider than 4:3. You would get full screen however.

     

    If apple did not want to put a 16:9 sensors in to the camera (and this would shoot 4:3 also without losing and res given 4:3 can be better accommodated on a 16:9 sensor rather than the other way around) they could at least have a native camera setting that would slightly zoom the picture to fit 16:9. This would not be a big change and can be done without changing sensors.

     

    As I said before, apple is misrepresenting this to consumers. Don't sell me a 16:9 phone if I can't natively take 16:9 pics.

  • RustyTrom Level 1 (0 points)

    Also, if you note when shooting video, it shoots in 16:9. The image is zoomed to fit on the odd-shaped sensor. Just saying.

  • jps1012 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for explaining! That is Very dissapointing apple wouldn't have a sensor to take full screen pics not zoomed.

  • j_camiling Level 1 (0 points)

    i got my first iphone 5, when i take photos there, format is full screen, but i changed my unit with my telco because there is a problem with my screen, now i got my new one and it seems my photos are not full screen.

  • Doug Lerner2 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    I think they were never full screen. The camera doesn't have a 16:9 sensor. I'm thinking that maybe you are perhaps remembering differently from what it was and are just now noticing it?

  • j_camiling Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm pretty sure that my previous ip5 takes full screen photo, is there a link in apple website that says ip5 not taking full screen photo? Because I'm about to exchange my unit again because of this. I guess I have to check with apple care.

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