20 May Opinion: 8K video can be worth the hassle. But not for everyone, and perhaps not for the reasons you might think…
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2020 was the year 8K video finally arrived on the enthusiast camera scene, courtesy of the Canon EOS R5. A few months later, Sony followed suit with its flagship a1, Nikon pre-announced support for 8K on its future Z9, and more announcements are surely in the pipeline.
The emergence of 8K as a mainstream technology gives manufacturers a new opportunity to differentiate their products and marketers a new number to put on the box. And, they’re hoping, another reason for you to upgrade to a newer camera. But should you? And even if you upgrade to an 8K-capable camera, should you be shooting 8K?
The (not so new) benefits of 8K
8K provides a lot of great benefits. Creators can capture higher quality video, have more flexibility to crop, pan and zoom in post-production, generate stills from video, add stabilization in post and more. Consumers will benefit from better-looking, razor-sharp video that burns their eyeballs in realism.
Whoa! Time out. If you just read that last paragraph and said to yourself, “Wait, isn’t that exactly what the industry said about 4K?” you’re right. You’re not experiencing deja-vu. In fact, we probably could have written a 4K explainer that said those exact same things. Oh wait, we did.
8K delivers four times as many pixels as 4K.
8K unquestionably delivers a lot more detail than 4K. Still, the differences are less distinguishable to the human eye than the
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