Super Hi-Vision 8K Standard Approved (UHDTV)

A new high resoltuion TV format that has been demonstrated a number of times has now been officially approved by the UN’s communication standards setting agency.

The new format is officially known as “Super Hi-Vision” but has also gone by the term of simply 8K, or even “Ultra High Definition / UHDTV / UHD”. Right now it seems as if the resolution and standards have been set, but they can’t seen to decide on a name.

The UN communication standards setting agency has approved “Super Hi-Vision”, but a few months ago we saw the same 8K resolution approved by the ITU study group on Broadcasting Service calling it UHD.

Naming aside, it’s great to see a standard officially set, so groups can work together to develop the same standard.

The Super Hi-Vision standard will have an 8K resoltuion, which is 7,680 by 4,320 pixels, which is 32 megapixels. This is a massive jump from the current HD standard of 1080p, which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, or 2 megapixels. So basic math with show you that the new format is 16x the resoltuion of 1080p.

UHDTV / Super Hi-Vision

UHDTV / Super Hi-Vision

Current HD broadcasts typically delivered by broadcast companies are normally at 25 fps, but Super Hi-Vision can record and deliver them at 125fps.

During the London Olympics this years NHK (Japanese broadcaster) demonstrated the technology on a large screen where viewers said it gave them a great sense of being at the events.

NHK worked with Panasonic to develop a 145-Inch (3.7) meter prototype UHDTV to show off the technology. They say the technology is much more exciting than the recently 3D technology developments, likening it to looking out of a window. While we’re on the subject of 3D, checkout our recently article about 3D technology being used in dual view to display two separate inputs, full screen to two different people at the same time.

The 8K technology isn’t expected to come our way until about 2020, and we’ll see 4K HD resolution come our way much sooner.

4K is the resolution used in most modern digital cinemas. The biggest 4K HDTV released so far came last week with the LG LG 84LM9600 84-Inch 4K which will set you back over $20,000.

These ultra high resolution displays should be very appealing to photographers. Using a photographic 8K or even 4K display would enable them to view their high megapixel photos at their recorded resolution.

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