Resolutions comparison sheet

A digital image is made of “pixels“, small dots of color that when stringed together, form the image. The more pixels you have, the clearer the image is. The total number of these pixels in an image is called “Resolution“.
Another important factor of any image is the “Aspect Ratio“. This states how wide an image is. As an example, a 4:3 image is any image that it’s width is 4/3 times larger than it’s height.

This is a list comparing different resolutions, included are:

  • PC resolutions: The common resolutions used for PC desktop or in games.
  • Console outputs: The video signal a video game console outputs to a TV.
  • Mobile device displays: The resolution a portable device display screen.
  • Standard films: The resolution of home use film formats.
  • TV broadcast: The resolution of common television systems.

Here is a detailed explanation of sheet data:

  • Width: Number of horizontal pixels.
  • Height: Number of vertical pixels.
  • Resolution: Total number of pixels.
  • Aspect: Mathematical equation of width divided by height. Wider resolutions have higher “aspects”.
  • Ratio: Resolution aspect ratio. “A” denotes being so close to an aspect ratio that it is used as one. As an example, a “16:9 A” aspect ratio might be used for wide-screen gaming. “C” denotes not having a standard resolution. In this case, the closest common aspect ratio has been stated with a “C” next to it.
  • Comment: Additional information on the resolution.


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