HDTV and camera resolution

Started Jun 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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pcm81 Contributing Member • Posts: 835
HDTV and camera resolution

Yesterday I was visiting a friend and saw some low budget soap opera on HDTV broadcast in HD. To be honest it was weird to watch a low budget flick in HD or for that matter watching "Back to the future" remastered in HD. All of the scene flaws, all of the actor hesitation or slightly missing makeup were way too well visible. As if there was TOO MUCH information coming out of the TV. The TV was able to display almost "real world" detail, however being emitted rather than reflected light, the detail is far more visible than in real life.

So the question is this:

Are we at the point when more is NOT better?

How about 4k and 8k TVs? Is it possible that the additional information / detail these future formats can display is simply too much for human eye? All that extra detail, that is actually visible shown in emitted light is simply an overload to our sight?

I realize that high res video does not (and never will) contain more detail than real life; however the detail in high res video is more visible than in real life b/c it is emitted rather than reflected light.

For printed images the extra detail is still a plus; since once printed they become reflected light; just as is the real world; but for digital viewing the same arguments apply as do to ultra high def tv.

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1. D800 is the first camera with resolution so high that it simply does not matter.
2. Most people who do not own/shoot d800 misunderstand it. Color depth and accuracy in addition to resolution is what makes d800 great. Resolution alone is over rated.

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