Is 4k worth it

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    • #92001
      AvatarMark Pool

      Hi, I have both 4k and hdv video cameras but because they are different cameras with different lenses, I am still unsure as to whether or not 4k really makes that much difference.

      It seems the camera is only as good as its weakest link, so unless you are shooting with a red epic (with a great lens) , then you will not really notice the difference.

      I would be interested to hear what other people feel about this.

      I have some videos on my home page. Some are hdv and some are 4k. Can anyone guess which videos were shot with which format?

      The home page is

    • #215064
      AvatarSpace Racer

      I’ve had the same observation. In my experience the quality comes from the lenses more so than the sensor.
      I will say, however, that when uploading video to YouTube, they compress 4K video differently than they do regular video and it winds up looking better. So I export all my video, 1080 and 4K at 4K for upload. In other words I upload everything at 4k whether it was originally shot that way or not. That makes a noticeable difference.

    • #215065

      It matter by what are you doing with the camera. If you are recording for internet then you do not need 4k. If you are making tv show or movies yes you need it then. Family stuff maybe not.

    • #215066

      While on a Sony 4K course at Pinewood studios, somebody asked the trainer, and he admitted none of Sony’s, or his competitors domestic 4K TVs could display a full 4K HDR signal. The house price pro monitor can. Nobody has one of those at home. His opinion was that 4K for shooting is great because you get to pan and zoom in the edit without going below HD quality, which is the best most domestic monitors can really do in terms of contrast, and for some definition. My 4K gets output in 1080, and mixes well with other HD stuff. 4K as a viewing medium is a way away really.

    • #215164
      AvatarMark Edin

      Totally agree that it is mainly the lens that makes a difference. There are still not that many channels that allow for the streaming of 4k and there are not that many people who have a 4k tv.
      Like said above, there is a video quality difference when you upload video to you tube as 4k, but can anyone actually tell the difference, once it has been encoded and compressed by youtube.
      I think people in the industry can, but may be not people who are not. It is all very debatable.
      I have both 4k and hdv (1920 x 1080) you tube uploads on my home page. Wondering if anyone can tell which were uploaded as 4k and which were uploaded at HDV. Web address is

    • #215183

      Our clients want 4k not so much for better quality but for all the post production options. They can zoom in into and crop without any loss in quality. The clips that we have on are we’re all shot HD but our newer videos are shot 4k more and more.

    • #215433

      Yes, we have considered this question also, and have concluded that while there is an increase in quality with 4k recording as opposed the HD, the increase in quality is really dependent, on the quality of the lens, that the light has to go through to to get to the chip.

      If the lens produces an amazing picture quality onto the chip, then the 4k recording will make quite a difference. If the quality of the image after traveling through the lens is poor, then the extra resolution of the 4k will not make that much difference. Some of our clips on are shot on hd and some are shot 4k and although we use professional camcorders. Once they are encoded onto youtube , there is little difference.

    • #215458

      As others have said, it depends on what you are shooting. Right now I don’t have any 4K camera’s, because none of my clients have requested 4k. And I find in my area, especially with wedding videos, I’m still producing a lot of stuff in 480i standard definition because people want DVD’s, and don’t want to pay a higher price for HD video. So I tend to shoot with still a mix of HD and SD camera’s, and in terms of the weddings, I’ll setup the HD camera’s so that I can then in post do pans and zooms on camera’s where there is nobody operating the camera.

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