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Dash Cam resolution and frame rates explained

What is image resolution?

Resolution is the measurement of pixels across the height and width of a camera frame.

For example:

  • 720p resolution is 1280 x 720 
  • 1080p resolution is 1920 x 1080
  • 1440p resolution is 2560 x 1440
  • 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160

The more pixels inside a frame, the more detail the camera can pick up, our top-of-range 622GW Dash Cam records in 4K resolution and offers a better image quality compared to our entry-level 122 Dash Cam which records in 720p resolution.

What are the best resolution settings for your Dash Cam?

The most effective setting for all of our Dash Cam models is the default resolution setting, this should be the option at the top of the list. This is the one that the Dash Cam was designed for, it is also the setting where we have used the most resources to ensure the image quality is as clear as possible.

What does 'FPS' mean?

'FPS' refers to the amount of 'frames per second' that the camera records in. This is because, like any other video camera, Dash Cams take thousands of still photos and stitch them together to appear as a moving image. 30fps is the standard frame rate for most TV shows, this means that every 1 second of a TV show you watch, you are actually seeing a rapid sequence of 30 still photographs played one after another, which appears to you as a moving picture.

What is the best FPS setting to use?

For most recording environments 30fps is perfect, as this will give you great video quality at night and during the day time. Some of our high-end Dash Cams allow you to record in higher frame rates, the 622GW even allows you to record in 1080p at 120FPS! This means that if you choose this setting, the detail in the image will not be as crisp as it would be in 4K, but you will be able to capture faster-moving objects with more clarity. 

Warning: The downside to choosing a higher frame rate is that the camera's shutter is open for a much shorter time frame, which means that the camera isn't able to capture as much light. The higher the frame rate, the less detail the camera will be able to capture in low-light conditions. 

Does Dual Files affect the resolution of the camera?

Enabling Dual Files will not affect the resolution of your recordings. Instead, the camera will generate two files simultaneously: one in high resolution and another in low resolution.

For more information about how Dual files work, please see the article below. 

Why some of our Dash Cams create two versions of each file

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