High resolution screens let you see more detail on the screen allowing you to better see what you're taking a picture of and better tell if the photo is in focus. A high resolution screen is also great when reviewing photos allowing you to see the fine details without zooming in. When you're shooting and you want to quickly see if the photo you just took was in focus and of good quality a high resolution really helps. Screens are often measured in dots.

Dots are not Pixels

Most camera manufacturers rate their display resolution in dots. It takes three dots (red, green, and blue) to be equivalent to a full color pixel. Despite having fewer pixels than the manufacturers would have you believe, these screens can be extremely sharp. To put it in perspective: a 720p HDTV would have 1280x720 or 921k pixels, and these screens are usually 30+ inches diagonal. A netbook or tablet might have the same 921k pixels on an eight inch screen. Many new cameras have more than 900k dot resolution, or about 300k pixels, which is about 640x480 resolution. For a small 3" display, this is fantastic. They are extremely sharp and high resolution for their size.

SLRs with High Resolution Screens

The following SLRS all have very high screen resolutions.

Nikon D750
Nikon D750
from $1,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,956 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
93.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots

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Nikon D810
Nikon D810
from $2,997
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,853 ISO
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
97.0
Color depth Great color depth Help
25.7 bits

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Sony SLT A77 II
Sony SLT A77 II
from $878
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
12 fps
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,228k dots
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Nikon D7200
Nikon D7200
from $950
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
87.0
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,333 ISO
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
102,400 ISO

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Compact Digicams with High Resolution Screens

The following digicams have very high resolution screens.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
from $778
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
from $598
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
1" 13.2x8.8mm

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $998
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots

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Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G7 X
from $649
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm

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Discussion

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Avatar for Maryam Khan Maryam Khan (10:24 AM, November 10, 2013)
what about l820 movie result 1080 921 dot ?
what is the mean of that?
 
Hf ff (7:20 AM, December 29, 2011)
Can  i use a $700 camera to take webcams of people on roller coasters or somesuch?