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.

Sony SLT-A99
Sony SLT-A99
from $2,298
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
89.0
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
1,229k dots
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
Sensor shift

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Nikon D7100
Nikon D7100
from $1,147
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,256 ISO
Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
83.0

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Pentax K-3
Pentax K-3
from $1,030
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
1,216 ISO
Cross type focus points Many cross-type focus points Help
25
Screen size Large screen Help
3.2"

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Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 6D
from $1,668
Low light performance Low noise at high ISO Help
2,340 ISO
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
0.71x
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm

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Compact Digicams with High Resolution Screens

The following digicams have very high resolution screens.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
from $666
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 Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
from $536
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-RX10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
from $1,298
Sensor size Large sensor Help
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
True resolution High true resolution Help
20 MP
Overall image quality Great image quality Help
69.0

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Canon PowerShot S120
Canon PowerShot S120
from $399
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8
Screen resolution High resolution screen Help
922k dots
Light sensitivity High ISO Help
12,800 ISO

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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?