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Format Sizes and Megapixels

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With HD upon us, I have had a few discussions on format sizes and megapixels with a few clients lately and I thought it was time to create a quick chart. I have one client that wants to use some of the HD frames for print in his manuals that accompany the DVD. So to clarify the size differences I made a quick chart of some of the new HD formats and camera sizes:

Conversions are approximate:

1280X720=720 HD 1MP
1920X1080=1080 HD 2.1 MP
2544X1696= 4.3 MP DSLR
2880X2048= D16 Video 5.9 MP
3656X2664=Cineon/DPX 9.7MP
4368X2912= 12.7 MP DSLR
4096X3112= 4K Cinema 12.7 MP

So, as you can see the new HD cameras, 1080i and 720P, are only good for making very small prints. So if you plan on needing stills from these sources make sure they will be relatively small or make sure you have still photography snapping shots while you are shooting.

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