« on: October 03, 2012, 05:26:47 PM »
This would be the kind of design I'd expect if they ever made a square format sensor. This has been discussed here before and only about 4% of readers seem to agree with me this is a good idea.
I'd love a sports camera that didn't force me try to jerk the camera 90° because there was a diving catch of a grounder instead of a leaping catch of a line drive. Let me shoot everything square and I'll apply the crop that doesn't amputate limbs later. (Or leave cropping to the client, as my primary customers prefer.)
The problem I see with that is the same as the problem you get when doing portraits. Most printing is done in standard sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 13x19, etc) to fit standard frames. When you compose a picture, considerations are usually not taken of what the aspect ratio of the final print will be. In the past manufacturers produced focusing screens with 5:4 lines so that you could ensure good composition whether you printed 4x6 or 8x10. A square sensor would not help in composing a scene well within a given aspect ratio, without additional crop lines in the viewfinder.