So for a while now, a few TV manufacturers have been introducing into the market ultra high definition (UHD) TV models. This has led to intensified debate about the supremacy of 4K, as compared to 1080p HD that preceded it. And the debate rages on. Some have argued that 4K is the next big thing in digital TV history. Others say that UHD TVs don’t make (digital) sense. If you observe carefully these days you can even see the 4K logo proudly displayed on most new TVs and other electronic products. The seeming industry popularity of 4K raises the question, what is 4K exactly, especially as compared to the 1080p? Here are a few things that you may want to know.
What does 4K mean?
The 4K is popularly known as Ultra High Definition (UHD). It is an accepted fact that the 4K resolution device is still an emerging phenomenon with a wide range of possibility in the digital industry. The 4K is a display device or content having horizontal resolution on order of 4,000 pixels. Several 4Ks exist in the field of Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). According to the DCI, 4K resolution is 4096×2160 pixels and this is the respected and acknowledged standard along with the standards of the DCI. According to the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), the 4K displays about at least 8,000,000 active pixels.
There are different forms of 4k content; they range from 3,840×2160 to 4096×3,112; however, the most consistent is the 3,840×2,160. The 3,840×2,160 serves as the standard in resolution for 4k TVs.
What is 4K as compared to 1080p?
When compared to 4K resolution, the 1080p HDTV has lesser resolution as the total pixel of the 4K is exactly 8,800,000 pixel. The difference in comparison therefore is in the number of pixel. While the 4K has a standard resolution of 8,800,000 pixel, the 1080p has just a little over 2, 000, 000. So the 4K TV because it is four times the pixel of 1080p, it should have a clearer picture quality – delivering more detail. When you seat at least seven feat away from your Ultra High Definition TV (UHD) it sure will affect the picture quality of your viewing – that is another factor however that should be considered in the 4K vs. 1080p debate. What this simply means is that the larger your TV screen the better your viewing; if you have a small TV you cannot really enjoy the UHD upgrade.
In conclusion, you should get yourself a 4K TV if you can afford it. Well, they are no longer even expensive as before; prices continue to go down as more TV manufacturers flood the market with 4K TVs. Once you have gotten your own 4K TV, ensure to take your seat not too far away from your TV (at over 7 feat away you wont see the difference in detail or picture quality). However, if you cannot get access to 4K digital content, you may still continue to enjoy the display of your 1080p TV which is still a good choice, budget-wise I mean.