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

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.

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 formats

Further information: List of motion picture film formats

Digital camera formats

Further information: Image sensor format

Photographic film formats

Further information: List of photographic film formats

See also


  1. ^ a b Lambrecht, Ralph; Woodhouse, Chris (2 May 2013). Way Beyond Monochrome 2e: Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing. Taylor & Francis. p. 411. ISBN 978-1-136-08749-3. Retrieved 15 February 2024.