One thing that writing blog posts about my photography has made me do is to explore options and compare my cameras. In all the time that I have been using my cameras I have stuck to just one picture size and never really considered changing it depending on what I wish to photograph.
I wanted to compare the lenses of my two cameras to try and show the differences between the images obtained when setting the lens of each camera to its widest option. For the FZ72 that is 20mm and for the FZ1000 it is 25mm. To be honesty all this means to me is that 20mm takes a wider view than the 25mm.
I took my cameras to the plot to find out what this actually means in resulting image terms. As I was preparing to take some photos I remembered that my cameras were taking images with different proportions and if this was to be a fair comparison then I needed to set them up so they produced the same shape image.
To say that the two cameras are the same make surprisingly they refer to this feature differently the FZ72 has a picture size option which gives more detail and the FZ1000 more accurately refers to 'aspect ratio'.
I set both cameras to 16:9 and took my two photos.
Unfortunately the photo on the left isn't quite straight but I didn't want to straighten it as this would crop some of the image. As it is you can see that the FZ72 takes in more of the scene. (If you click on the image you access a larger photo.
I decided to compare the other aspect ratios.
As expected the FZ72 always capture more of the scene, however the image produced by the FZ1000 is sharper.