When it comes to viewing technology, its all about the pixels. How far do you have to stand from your HD TV to get a retina display (unable to discern individual pixels at a normal distance) effect? Now test that on a 4K TV. And lastly…try it out with 8K technology. The difference is in the pixels. With 8K technology, images are so clear, the effect mimics that which is seen with the naked eye.
4K vs 8K
For televisions measuring larger than 40 inches, 4K technology is now the standard, and it has significantly raised the bar for HD televisions. Just last year, 4K was the highest resolution picture quality available. The technology delivered impossibly clear razor-sharp imagery. Revealing the most subtle of details and vast arrays of color. But 2019 ushers in an even higher level of screen resolution for both filmmakers and viewers.
The 8K Advantage
8K technology is Ultra-HIgh Definition. The number of pixels in an 8K screen is quadruple that of 4K. At a normal distance from the screen, the pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye. This type of resolution is a whole new game for film-makers. Simply put, it allows a cinematographer to remain at a safe distance from a volatile subject, like a forest fire, and still capture a crystal clear image. It offers more life-like material to work with in editing. What does it mean for the smart home consumer? An uber realistic experience exceeding the resolution quality of 4K HD. If you love being able to see the subtle nuances of a bird’s feather, textures of costumes and furnishings, or raw emotion on a character’s face, 8K UHD is the viewing choice for you.
Where’s the 8K Content?
Six months ago, audio video aficionados were skeptical about the pending popularity of 8K televisions. The content simply wasn’t available. Now, it is fast approaching. Hollywood has employed the RED Weapon 8K Camera, used to film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Japan’s NHK will be broadcasting the 2020 Olympics in 8K. 360-degree cameras like the GoPro OmniVR and Insta 360 pro can capture in 8K as well.
Who’s Got It?
According to Techradar.com, “Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Hisense, and LG are all plowing ahead with 8K televisions, with the CES 2019 tech expo showcasing a number of dazzling new models to be released this year.” Samsung was a front-runner, releasing its Q900R 8K TV back in late 2018. It scored 5 Stars and had a very posh price tag. Other brands will roll out their versions of 8K viewing possibilities very soon.
8K televisions are the perfect nest for soon-to-hatch 8K content. And while you wait for it, you can play 4K and lower media choices on a sleek, impressive, modern television. Get ready for a new world of visual wonder.
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