It’s not easy to compare the specifications of different cameras to ensure you find the perfect one for your needs. But if you’re an avid videographer, one of the most important specs you’ll be looking at will be video recording capabilities: Full HD 1080p versus 4k (or even 8k these days). Whether you’re buying an endzone camera system, a sports video tower, drones, or even TVs, these terms come up. Technically, these terms refer to the device’s video resolution: the quality and detail of recording and playback.
So let’s go over the basics of screen resolutions, see how they differ, and think about what to look for when buying an endzone camera system or a sports video tower.
What is 4K?
A pixel is the smallest unit of a digital image or video visible on a digital display device. In 4K, the resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is a higher resolution than 1080p. In other words, that’s about four times the number of pixels on screen compared to 1080p technology. The viewing distance of a 4K TV can be half that of a conventional TV.
In general, 4K delivers higher quality video. Images have smoother outlines for individual objects and contain more detail for maximum clarity. So the main benefit of 4K is that it offers higher quality images at higher resolutions.
What is 1080p?
1080p resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. “p” stands for progressive scan. It scans each line in progressive order. Generally, 1080p provides better picture quality than interlaced 1080i. It delivers crisp and clear images but doesn’t deliver detailed images as 4K does. Also, the total number of pixels rendered using 1080p is less than that of 4K. Typically, equipment such as game consoles and Blu-ray discs use 1080p resolution.
When shooting video with a smartphone or camera, you should consider power consumption and memory space when choosing a recording resolution. If you choose to shoot in 4K, you will run out of battery and storage space sooner than if you shoot in 1080p (Full HD).
Hopefully, this article has shed some light on the complicated world of video technology, meanings, and definitions that many of our beloved cameras use today.