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CCTV Resolution

The table below lists some of the more commonly used resolution terms in CCTV applications. Any resolution over 1 million pixels is considered 'megapixel'. In the case of megapixel cameras, the labels are approximate. For example, a 2 megapixel camera actually captures 1,920,000 pixels per frame. A 3 megapixel camera captures 3,145,728 pixels per frame.

Table 1. CCTV Resolution Standards (from low to high resolution)


Pixels (W x H)



176 x 120

Quarter CIF (half the height and width as CIF)


352 x 240



704 x 240

2 times CIF width


704 x 480

2 times CIF width and 2 times CIF height


720 x 480

aka "Full D1"

720p HD

1280 x 720

720p High Definition

960p HD

1280 x 960

960p High Definition (Sony HD standard)

1.3 MP

1280 x 1024

aka "1 Megapixel" or "1MP"

2 MP

1600 x 1200

2 Megapixel

1080p HD

1920 x 1080

1080p High Definition

3 MP

2048 x 1536

3 Megapixel

5 MP

2592 x 1944

5 Megapixel