What is 1080p?

This is a question I get pretty often.  When I tell someone how good of a camera I have, I usually say that it shoots 1080p HD video. This is usually something that you’ll also see on display when you’re buying a new TV. But what does it mean?

The 1080 is the size of the video that I am shooting. I’m capturing an image that is 1,980 pixels wide, and 1,080 pixels tall. This is a pretty large sensor, but it is pretty standard for most TVs and monitors to display.

The thing is, this number is just the size of the image. There are many devices that can capture this, from cellphones to webcams, to DSLR cameras. The resolution of the image is something a bit more complicated, and tends to get better with camera price. But for most consumer-level, broadcast quality videos, 1080p is perfect.

In case you are wondering about other smaller sizes, and where we came from, here is an image that shows them all to scale. The red and yellow box shows the CRT TV that you probably grew up with. 800px-Common_Video_Resolutions_2.svg_

 

 

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