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Frames Per Second

The resolution of video in the time dimension. More frames per second means smoother motion. Low FPS means motion will appear "choppy".

24-30 FPS is generally considered good - it is the level at which motion will appear smooth to most people. 60 FPS video is also common and may appear smoother.

Some devices can display 90 or higher FPS, most commonly for games. However, for displays, this is usually expressed in Hertz instead of FPS, although the concepts are similar (Hertz is a measure of something per second).

See: Hertz

Phones with a slow-motion video feature typically capture at higher FPS rates (120 and higher) and then play back that video at a normal viewing FPS (30-60) in order to create the smooth slow-motion effect.

Last updated Sep 12, 2019 by Rich Brome

Editor in Chief Rich became fascinated with cell phones in 1999, creating mobile web sites for phones with tiny black-and-white displays and obsessing over new phone models. Realizing a need for better info about phones, he started Phone Scoop in 2001, and has been helming the site ever since. Rich has spent two decades researching and covering every detail of the phone industry, traveling the world to tour factories, interview CEOs, and get every last spec and photo Phone Scoop readers have come to expect. As an industry veteran, Rich is a respected voice on phone technology of the past, present, and future.

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