First things first, what is 4K, and what is Full HD? A 4K camera allows you to take videos with very high resolution, making video footage super realistic. HD, or 1080p, packs fewer pixels into the image - it’s still great, but not quite as sharp. Although, for general video, the human eye would find it hard to tell the difference.
When buying your first camera for video or upgrading to a new one, whether it’s a mirrorless or DSLR camera, you’ll no doubt consider 4K vs 1080p. Put plainly in numbers, 1080p videos contain 1920 x 1080 pixels, and 4K videos contain 3840 x 2160 pixels. If you’re a bit out of practice mathematically, this means the 4K videos contain about four times the amount of information as 1080p. The name, you guessed it, comes from the nearly 4000 pixels on the horizontal axis, but what does this increase in resolution mean for use and how much “better” is 4K? We’ll dig a little deeper to help you figure out what’s best for you and the type of things you want to film.