High resolution

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Low vs. high resolution, with detail.

Sometimes abbreviated as hi-res or high res, high resolution describes an image or video displayed at high DPI (dots per inch). Its primary benefit is that it contains a high amount of visual information.

What defines "high" resolution?

"High resolution" is a relative term. Compared to a low-resolution image, high-resolution images have more pixels, lower compression, or both. These images have a higher quality, and also a larger file size.

High-resolution rasterized images, such as photographs, appear crisper and more distinct. You can see this increased clarity in our example photograph to the right in the detail comparison.

Vector graphics, on the other hand, are resolution-independent. When an image is rasterized (converted to pixels), the vector image can be scaled to high or low resolution as needed. If they are rasterized to a high-resolution image, their artifacts, such as jaggies, are less pronounced.

Grammatical usage

If "high resolution" is used alone, where "resolution" is a noun, and "high" is an adjective, it should not be hyphenated. For example, "That image was printed at high resolution."

If "high-resolution" is used as a compound adjective, where both words describe another noun, it should be hyphenated. For instance, "That is a high-resolution image."

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