The holidays are fast approaching and some of you tech enthusiasts may have your sites set squarely on a new "4K" or Ultra HD flat panel television. Sure they seem pricey now, but everyone knows prices will drop as adoption picks up. And some of us early adopters we can't wait for a sale.
But why 4K / Ultra HD? There’s no doubt about it, 4K video is the future. 4K is the high-definition successor to 1080p, and promises to change the way we experience TV, movies, and content by delivering an unprecedented level of detail. How much improvement you ask? Here's a good visual to help you understand how much more visual data is encompassed in 4K vs DVD, 720p, 1080p (or "Full HD"), 2K resolution and finally 4K resolution.
Here's a visual example of 1080p ("HD") vs 4K:
Currently there isn't any static media format that supports 4K (3840 x 2160). But that doesn't stop the true technology, bleeding edge folks, right? The future will likely be 'media-less' anyway with online streaming of cloud based content to every home. However, unless you have Google Fiber to your home you likely won't be streaming 4K video anytime soon.
Since the introduction of 4K to the market, a few camera makers have introduced their own 4K video capable cameras. $12,000 for a Canon EOS-1D? Ouch! I guess you could always snap up a the Sony PXW-Z100 Pro video camera for a cool $6500. Or you could whip out your Galaxy Note 3 and channel your inner Spielberg.
That's right! The Note 3′s 13MP BSI camera, is capable of capturing true 4K video. With a resolution of 3840×2160, it shoots glorious 4K video at variable frame rate of 26-35fps. The video clip length is capped at five minutes and produces a whopping 1.5GB file. The bit rate of the video itself is approximately 48-50mbps.
Launch camera > Settings > Video tab > Set Video size to 3840x2160 (16:9)
No Ultra HD television in your future? No worries! The Galaxy Note 3 is your 4K screen! While each experience won’t necessitate employing the 4K detail the Note 3 is capable of, it’s nice to be able to grab such incredible video from your smartphone whenever an exciting moment beckons. With the built in Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series SoC (system on chip) and dedicated 3GB of system RAM you're rolling with the most powerful graphics machine that you can hold in your hand.
The Note 3 is a powerful, full Ultra HD / 4K camera in the palm of your hand or your (back) pocket. You can create stunning videos and take vibrant, full color, high resolution photos worthy of large print.
Have fun creating content with your Note 3. As always, please use your smartphone smartly. Don't text and drive. It can wait.
credit: Android Authority, Engadget
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