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Old Jan 28, 2011, 5:37 AM   #1
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I have just bought a new HD camcorder so that I can play my video on my Full high definition TV. Reading the camera's manual I find that I am unsure as to what the difference is between Full HD and Full SHQ other than that the former takes up more space than the latter. Is there a noticeable difference in picture quality when video is shown on a FHD TV?
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Old Jan 28, 2011, 6:44 AM   #2
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Without knowing the brand and model of camera, it's hard to address the specifics, but "Full HD" usually refers to 1080p which is widescreen digital video with a resolution of 1920x1080 that is entirely redrawn at 30 frames per second. "Full SHQ" isn't a widely accepted term, so it could mean anything.
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I should have mentioned that my camera is a Sanyo VPC-GH3. According to the manual both Full HD and Full SHQ are 1080 but the latter video takes less space. Perhaps Full SHQ us standard definition but fills the entire screen of a full high definition TV? O think that Full-SHQ redraws the screen at 60 frames per second.
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According to the info on the spec sheet for the GH3 on the Sanyo website, Full HD is 1080p, while Full SHQ is 1080i.
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... the former takes up more space than the latter. Is there a noticeable difference in picture quality ...
In general, if more memory is used, there will be more detail in the image - still or video. How important that is will depend on the subject (foggy lake vs butterfly's wing) and how it is viewed (17"CRT vs 60" plasma).

A good rule is to capture in the highest resolution (most memory used) mode unless you have a good reason to do otherwise. You don't know when the subject will change (the Loch Ness monster popping up in the lake) or when the viewing method changes (you win the lottery and get three acre plasma TV). Memory is cheap enough that shouldn't be a good reason very often.
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