We often get asked “Should I upgrade my projector to 4K or stick with Full HD? Is there a significant enough improvement in image quality to warrant paying more?” So, we’ve popped down a few pointers that might help you to choose.
What is 4K?
Put simply, 4K provides four times as many pixels on your screen than Full HD 1080p. And the greater the number of pixels – the better the image quality will be.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) defines 4K UHD resolution as 3840 x 2160 or greater than eight million addressable pixels. Full HD resolution has around two million on-screen pixels.
With the full 8.3 million on-screen pixels, Optoma’s 4K UHD projectors meet the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) requirements for 4K UHD and CTA High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatible display standards.
Will I notice the difference?
“So, there are over eight million on-screen pixels but will it make a difference to what I can see?”
The additional pixels from 4K bring increased depth and light and shadow detail to imagery but if you are viewing this on a small screen and depending on how far from the screen you are sitting, this extra detail may not be visible.
That’s why the large imagery produce by projection is where you can really see the benefits from this added resolution. Any imagery bigger than 65” will look better with 4K UHD resolution. 4K allows you to sit closer to the screen without individual pixels being visible. Filling more of your visual field yields greater immersion.
“But is the content there?”
More films, TV and sport are being broadcast in 4K than ever before. Sony and Microsoft both have consoles on the market that can render games in 4K. Most major blockbuster movies are being released on Ultra HD Blu-rays, and streaming companies like Netflix are releasing more 4K content than ever before.
A 4K projector today will future proof your viewing tomorrow.
The price is right
With the improvement in technology, the price for 4K projectors and TVs has reduced massively over the last couple of years with 4K budget models now available.
So with content more readily available, and its ability to bring content to life with incredible detail, colour and contrast, is it time you joined the 4K party?
Check out Optoma’s range of 4K UHD projectors here: