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Chapter 1: Quick Setup Guide > Choosing Video Resolution

Choosing Video Resolution

Your camera very likely comes with several choices for resolution and frame rate. (See Figure 1.3.) Video is very different from still photography in that resolution is fixed based on several standards. In addition, video uses a resolution that is far smaller than anything that is available on a dSLR so the actual megapixels of the camera have no impact on the resolution of video, which may be 1920 × 1080 or 1280 × 720 pixels in the two most common high definition modes.

Figure 1.3 You will find video resolution and frame rate settings in a camera settings menu.


The default resolution that comes with your camera is probably a good choice to start with. However, you may hear about the use of other resolutions, whether or not your camera has them, and you may be confused as to what is best. One thing to keep in mind about video is that this is not about shooting a single image. Video is shot with many frames per second, typically 30 frames per second. That means that for each second of video, your camera is taking 30 individual pictures at whatever resolution you are using for video.


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