Video jargon explained: what the specs mean and what to look for

Video jargon and video terms
(Image credit: Olympus)

Every new video camera comes with a baffling list of bullet points, specifications and features to explain why it’s better than anything else that’s gone before, but what do they all mean, and how important are they actually?

Sony A7S III pictured does not need either because its 12MP sensor is a near-perfect match for 4K video. (Image credit: Sony)

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at