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Digital Picture Frame Shows Black Bars

I get black bars right and left of the image unless I expand the image to fit the full screen but then I lose some of the image. The digital picture frame seems to be in 16x9 but the images are 4x5 or 5x7. How do I configure the frame to fill the entire screen without losing or distorting the image?
Also, would I be better off shotting the photos in 16x9? I don't think my Olympus will allow that but it does allow 3x2.

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The nature of 16:9 basically means that you will be losing photo information in normally framed 4x5/5x7 photos. There is no way to fix this because the frame size of 16:9 is wider than 4x5/5x7. The options the frame offers are the only options to make your photos fit. Either crop, or distort.

The best solution is to keep this in mind when taking photos from now on and assume you will be cropping the top and bottom of the image.

As for the photos you have already taken, the only viable tactic to take is to reframe them for 16:9 yourself. You can download a free photo editing application like "GIMP" to do this. Create a new project that is 800x450 pixels. This will give you a 16:9 canvas. Next drag your existing photos into this canvas and move it around and resize it until you find a suitable framing for your picture.

Unfortunately it seems that as 16:9 solidifies itself as the new screen standard people are finding that shooting photos framed for 4:3 or in portrait dimensions are not translating well to this new standard. You may even want to consider returning this frame and looking for a 4:3 aspect ratio frame if cropping/resizing is not acceptable for you. Good luck!

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