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Old September 25th, 2009, 07:37 AM   #1
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Monitor size vs effective dpi dilemma

I have tried to get this question answered on the EX forum, but my thread has been inconclusive :

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-xdc...ctive-dpi.html

So here it is again:
From your experience, which is easier for focusing: a larger monitor with slightly less pixels per inch, or more pixels per inch in a smaller form? Assuming no focusing aid is available (no peaking, no expanded view, etc.).

Say we have a 11" 1366x768 vs a 9", 1280x768; all other things equal, which one would be better for pure focusing purposes?
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Old September 25th, 2009, 08:32 AM   #2
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Depends how far away from the monitor you are. If you're 5 feet away, larger size will help more. If you're closer, sharpness is the only thing that matters so it wouldn't necessarily be the DPI but how the actual camera pixels are mapped to the display pixels that counts.

I shoot 1280 x 720 so MY preference would be the monitor that allowed 1:1 pixel mapping so I could see my full image displayed in the centre of the screen instead of remapped to "FILL" the monitor. But I suspect you are talking about 1080i or p.
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Old September 25th, 2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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Yes Shaun - I mean mainly 1080p (through HDMI, or component). And a very close distance, usually (like 0.5 m).

I'm tempted by the 9" version being less bulky than a 11" - but will it be better to judge focus, as well? Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to compare the two side by side, so will be very grateful for a sound advice...
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