16:9 vs 4:3 Video Aspect Ratio Statistics

By IPVM Team, Published on Feb 16, 2018

What aspect ratio do security integrators prefer? The 'standard' 4:3 or the 'wide' 16:9 one?

100+ integrators told us what they preferred, with a dominating winner.

In this note, we examine why integrators so strongly prefer 16:9, why they do so and what the tradeoffs are of these aspect ratios?

16:9 ************ ********

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16:9 **** ******** ******

*** ******* ******* ** respondents **** **** ********* 16:9 ******* ** *** modern ******** ******, **** 16:9 ********** **** ****** and *:* ******** **** difficult ** **** *** limited ** *********.

  • "* ****** **:* ******* most ******** ***** **** are **:* ****** *****. 16:9 ******* ****** ****** on ***** ********. **** customers ** *** **** the "****** ***" ****."
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  • "**:* - ****** ******* and ******* ******* ******* technology"
  • "**:*. ****** ******* ****** much *** ***** ******** (and **'*) *** ** this ****** *****."
  • "**:* ** ** *** format ** *** ******* and *** **** ** cameras."
  • "**:*. ***** ** ******* now, ** ******** ***** better. **** ***** * wider ***** ** ***** height ** ********* ********."
  • "**:* **** **** ** todays ********"

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  • "**:* ***** ** **** efficient *** * ***** image. ***** *** ** more ********* **** ******** angle."
  • "* **** **:* *** like ** *** ******* shots. ** ***** ** keep *** *** *** of *** **** * like ** *** ******** mode ** ****."
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16:9 Expected ** *********

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  • "**:* ** ********* ** it *** ***** ** be **** ********* ****** due ** ***** ******** to **, ***** *** CINEMA *****."

Depends ** ***********

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  • "**:* *** ******** / wide *****... *:* *** indoors... ****** ** ** a ******** **** ******, then **:* ***** *****."
  • "** *** **:* ****** for ******* ************ *** 4:3 *** ******."
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4:3 **** ****** ** ***** *******

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  • "*:* ********* ********* *** multi-camera *******."
  • "*:* ** ****** *** multi-image ***** *** ******** 16:9 *** ****** ** it **** **** ******** better."
  • "*:* ***** ****** *** video ****"
  • "*:* ***** ****** ** the ****** ** ****** tiles."

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**** ***** ** ******** when ******* ******** ******* of ********* ****** ******, as **** ***** ********* around ****, *********** *****.

Comments (3)

The security management sub-set of end users might have a difference of opinion than the majority of integrators.

My aspect ratio split is 75% 4:3 and 25% 16:9. I like the added details of below a camera. 

me too.. a perfect indoor (retail/shop) camera would be 90º by 90º placed in a corner, then you won't miss a thing..

I'm really happy about Axis P1427-LE 5MP cameras delivering 2592x1944 (4:3) perfect for corner views og mounted on a pole, where you can watch the earth beneath the cam and the rest of the scene. Protecting the cam against vandalism or tampering..

But it is not the 4:3 ratio that is it important, the FOV is the important part. And i really like that most Axis camera is choosable in ratio. 

YUP 4:3 provides most collateral video and displays best in tile view. 

I am curious if 16:9 was popular due to the resolution of cameras used versus the option of 16:9 v. 4:3?

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