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D800 Tip for When you Need to Display Images on an HDTV


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DigitalDarrell Team Member Founding Member of the Nikonians writer Guild. Author of most of the NikoniansPress books. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Charter Member
Fri 27-Apr-12 08:24 PM | edited Fri 27-Apr-12 08:43 PM by DigitalDarrell

Are there times when you know you will be displaying a bunch of images on an HDTV or newer LCD or LED monitor? Well, your D800 is happy to provide you with images matching the format of an HD device much more closely than the normal FX images.

How to use: Switch your camera to Movie live view mode and shoot all the still images you need, instead of using the normal Live view photography mode. Point the little Live view selector switch surrounding the LV button to the small movie camera (bottom setting). Now, go take still images!

Here's the main tip (goodies like this will be all over the place in my upcoming book, Mastering the Nikon D800):

Hot D800 Tip for Darrell's Readers:

The Nikon D800 will happily take still images when you are using Movie live view mode. However, please note that there are some Image size and ratio differences when taking a still image using Movie live view instead of Live view photography mode. When you are using Live view photography mode a normal Large FX image is 7,360 x 4,912 (36.2 MP), however, while in Movie Live view a large FX still image is sized to 6,720 x 3,776 (25.3 MP).

When using Movie live view the camera switches its thinking and formats over to the HD world, which is one of the reasons this camera is called an HD-SLR. Instead of the 3:2 aspect ratio used by Live view photography mode, the still image from Movie live view uses a 16 to 9 ratio. It is still a fully usable image at 25.3 MP, although, the ratio matches the look of an HDTV (16 to 9) instead of a normal 3:2 picture format.

You could use this mode for still images when you know the pictures will be displayed on an HDTV because it will match the HD ratio without the blank space on the sides that you'll find when displaying a normal 3:2 image on a modern monitor. Test this for yourself on a newer LCD or LED computer monitor and you will see how much more closely the 16 to 9 format matches the monitor’s display size.

(I had to spell out 16 to 9 because the Nikonians system was converting them to stupid smiley faces, like this 1 .)

Note: this is not the same as grabbing a still image out of the middle of a movie, which only provides a 2.1 MP file. Instead, this is a full-sized FX Large still image at 25.3 MP. The only difference is the aspect ratio is 16 to 9 instead of 3:2.

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
"Better too many words than not enough understanding."