Film format


A film format is a technical definition of a set of standard characteristics regarding image capture on photographic film for still images or film stock for filmmaking. It can also apply to projected film, either slides or movies. The primary characteristic of a film format is its size and shape.

A cartridge of Kodak 35 mm (135) film for cameras.

In the case of motion picture film, the format sometimes includes audio parameters. Other characteristics usually include the film gauge, pulldown method, lens anamorphosis (or lack thereof), and film gate or projector aperture dimensions, all of which need to be defined for photography as well as projection, as they may differ.

Motion picture film formatsEdit

Digital camera formatsEdit

Photographic film formatsEdit

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

  • Film Formats and HDTV
  • Table of Film formats Archive by Mark Baldock
  • Kodak roll films starting with 101
  • The history of Kodak roll films
  • Classic camera film sizes, sources, and film adapters, with spool dimensions
  • American Widescreen Museum
  • Sub-35 mm movie film formats history webpage
  • Plate and tintype sizes
  • Michael Rogge's brief history of film formats