720p / 1080i / 1080p

720p is a nickname for HDTV video format featuring a 1280720 resolution

720p LogoWhich includes a progressive scan. A 720 moniker stands for a display resolution of 720 horizontal scan lines (also identified as 720 pixel vertical resolution), and the letter p means or non-interlaced or progressive scan. Broadcast at 60 fps, 720p presents the greatest temporal (motion) resolution available using the ATSC or DVB standard.

Canon PowerShot S100 12MP CMOS compact

Canon PowerShot S100 12MP CMOS compact

When compared to 1080i Progressive scanning diminishes the need to preclude flicker by filtering away fine details, leaving sharpness is significantly nearer to 1080i than what the scan line numbers would indicate. Converting to higher-quality 50/60 Hz also becomes easier to perform including slow-motion playback with progressive movies. In high-motion scenarios, 720p features higher vertical resolution over 1080i, allowing it to be preferred for sporting events like auto sports and basketball which are very fast paced on live television.

HD video is the rule and not the exception for the new cameras being announced. Four Thirds cameras are being developed with AVCHD Video. I don't expect to see many more new cameras announced without HD Video.  updated article Sep 17, 2011.


As of September, 2011 here is the list of High Definition Movie Mode Compact Cameras

  1. Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS
  2. Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS
  3. Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS
  4. Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS
  5. Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS
  6. Canon PowerShot G12
  7. Canon PowerShot S95
  8. Canon PowerShot S100
  9. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
  10. Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
  11. Canon PowerShot SX230 HS GPS
  12. Casio Exilim EX-H20G
  13. Casio EX-H30
  14. Casio TRYX
  15. Casio EX-ZR100
  16. Casio EX-ZS10
  17. Fujifilm& X10 high-end compact
  18. Fujifilm FinePix X100
  19. Kodak EasyShare M532
  20. Kodak EasyShare M552
  21. Kodak EasyShare M590
  22. Kodak EasyShare Z990 MAX
  23. Leica D-Lux 5
  24. Nikon CoolPix AW100
  25. Nikon CoolPix P7100
  26. Nikon CoolPix S100
  27. Nikon CoolPix S1200pj
  1. Nikon CoolPix S8200
  2. Nikon Coolpix S8200
  3. Olympus SP-810UZ
  4. Olympus TG-810
  5. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
  6. Ricoh CX5 Hybrid Superzoom
  7. Ricoh PX CCD rugged compact
  8. Ricoh GR Digital IV


In Use

In the U.S., Fox, ABC, A&E Television Networks, Ion Television, Directv and the 101 Network all prefer the 720p format.

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