When you venture into the market to purchase a television, you get bombarded with terms like HD, Full HD, and 4K among a host of other electronics jargon. What exactly do these words convey?
In what way are they going to affect your viewing experience? What is the difference between HD, Full HD, and 4K resolutions? Let us explore a little deep into the subject to understand the concept.
Any school going kid will tell you that HD stands for High Definition. We do not want to discuss about this explanation about HD. This is because ‘High definition’ can refer to image resolutions of different sizes.
From an academic point of view let us look at the image resolution of HD, Full HD, and 4K.
Now, everyone knows that higher the numbers of pixels, sharper and better are the images. This entails that the TV is able to display images of larger sizes without suffering picture degradation. If you have more pixels in a particular area, it allows for the image to contain little visible pixels. This condition is known as retina display.
What does this convey?
It would be right on your part to state that the images in a 40” Full HD TV will be 2 times better or sharper than the images produced by a 40” HD TV.
Ultra HD vs 4K
Normally, for an average TV consumer, there is no difference between Ultra HD and 4K. But, there is a technical difference. In actuality, 4K refers to 4096 X 2160 pixels. You get to see this resolution in digital cinemas. UHD at 3840 X 2160 pixels can be construed to be as close as possible to 4K. It does not make a noticeable difference to the naked eye.
When is 4K really effective?
One can state that 4K images are lifelike. It is like viewing images through a window rather than on a television screen. 4K resolution is particularly effective on larger screens of 65-inches or above. When you have 4K resolution, you can sit closer to the TV and enjoy a better experience than you would do with the HD and Full HD TVs.
Also, to enjoy the 4K TV, you need native 4K content. Watching normal TV serials or movies on your 4K TV doesn’t make any sense. In India, Only a few Television channels are producing 4K content. D2h Life, Star Gold, Star sports, Sony six and Net Geo are available in 4K format. You can also find 4K content on youtube and netflix.
Which TV should you ideally buy?
If you are looking to buy smaller TVs in the range of 50 inches or below, it is advisable to go for the Full HD resolution. However, if you have decided to go for the higher range of TV with screen size 55 inches and above, you should not look beyond Ultra HD or the 4K televisions.
The reasons are obvious. The bigger the TV, the higher should be the resolution.
Now, you are aware of the distinction between the three terms. This will give you an insight when you actually sit down and compare the images. You will be able to spot the differences easily.
Shiva Kumar is a 25-year-old Blogger from India. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Constantly funny – Randomly Serious!