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Can you REALLY SEE the DIFFERENCE 1080 VS 4K?

December 9, 2019


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  • Reply Matti Haapoja April 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    How many did you get right? And more importantly were you just guessing or you thought you saw a difference?

  • Reply Coffee and Tools November 5, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Watching on my 5k screen the only one I could right was the 720p. It was like almost out of focus. The 1080p and 4k seems similar.

  • Reply GA Comics November 5, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Ran into this video by accident while on my projector with a 110 inch screen. Couldn't tell no difference but there were two instances when I thought 1080p was 720. My viewing distance was almost 4 meters away.

    People that are hyped for 4 definitely are rushing and wasting money. Not only there isn't enough content but I've seen projectors with 4k resolution producing worse picture then my 1080p projector. It's not just about resolution, there are other factors involved as well, so do a good research before you buy instead of grabbing a device just because it has 4k written on it.

    As for my projector, its Epson Home Cinema 1060 (sold in Europe as TW-EH650). It was very cheap but it produces amazing picture. I have it on eco mode plus I had to tone down the brightness as well because in darkened room it's just too bright. Wouldn't trade it for any 4k before testing it first.

  • Reply alextheromanian November 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    So maybe the real unsung hero of this video is the upscaling algorithm because yes

  • Reply Greville's Review November 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Dude, videos like this, give us common plebs some hope hahahaha.

  • Reply The Writer November 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    the reason why u can't tell the difference is because the majority of the clips are out of focus

  • Reply Alex Goulet November 8, 2019 at 1:10 am

    I'm watching in 360p

  • Reply Paul Nelson November 8, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Okay I have 2 TV’s one is a 65” 4K ultra HD smart TV the other is a 1080p HD tv and YES there is a HUGE difference

  • Reply karl karlo November 9, 2019 at 7:44 am

    nonsense

  • Reply eastern2western November 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    On a bigger screen, there is a difference between 4k and 1080p.

  • Reply Rynasty November 9, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    1080 hurts my eyes but 4K doesn't.. I have a really bad headache now and my eyes hurt.. jesus christ…

  • Reply PandasGoYeet November 10, 2019 at 2:56 am

    I can

  • Reply Giutubo Spatubo November 10, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Color grading is the main reason why movies are made at 4k or more. Also, it is better for effects, since there a lot more information. As far as resolution, the bigger the screen, the more you'll see the details of 4k. Sure, no much difference in your phone screen. But yes, I get your point…

  • Reply Nguyen Lion November 10, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    From 720p to 1080p i can tell a difference but not a extremely different its like you are nearsighted 0.5 diopter or 0.25

  • Reply Suphad Thundee November 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    This is a great comparison

  • Reply David Henriquez November 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I am currently deciding if it's even worth the upgrade. I currently have a 32 inch 1080p smart tv. I want the 40 inch 4k vizio

  • Reply Juancho Vazquez November 11, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Boy does this guy forehead cringe alot! Super wrinkles like he permanently strains lol

  • Reply PEppA November 11, 2019 at 5:55 am

    I'm watching in 144p o got them all roght

  • Reply VickitoHN November 11, 2019 at 11:37 am

    buy me a 4k monitor and i tell u de difren

  • Reply Biggie Smalljaws November 11, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    No you can't tell on 99% of devices due to upscaling and just how good processors are these days. However, OLED vs LCD/LED isn't even a competition. If you want to unlock the true potential of 4k you have to view it on an OLED display.

  • Reply Jhacato November 12, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I could only tell hey that's 4k. But then when it's not I couldn't tell.

  • Reply Lapita Rai November 12, 2019 at 9:10 am

    confusing

  • Reply robertdixon November 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Problem….. I’m watching this video on my 4K Samsung . Everything upscales on here. And my tv is HDR . So everything looks it’s in 4k

  • Reply AMobilePointofView November 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    I have written and said on my YouTube channel so many times that the naked eye cannot tell a discernible enough difference between 1440p and 1080p even on Samsung devices.

    Coming from someone like yourself this is like the nail in the coffin that I have been dying to hear and see!!!!

    You ROCK brother!!! I just recently discovered your channel and I have subscribed and liked. The first one I saw was the other day with that intro filmed with the iPhone 11 Pro which by the way was freakin DOPE!!!

    Keep up the real content and congrats on the success you have. It’s very much deserved.

    Kashton
    AMobilePointofView

  • Reply AMobilePointofView November 12, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I just shared your vlog on Facebook and going to share it on several of the mobile tech sites that I write professionally on. I think your vlog is something that has been badly in need of professional addressing and you hit it out of the park!!!!

    I have all the iPhone 11 series phones and both of the Note 10 models. I have not once ever been able to tell the difference between a Samsung OLED 1080p HD and their 1440p OLED HD display although I for the longest time felt like you said that I truly needed a 1440p display and to know deep down now I was right and that I didn’t, kicks a**!!! Man I will share this with a professionally written article attached to it all over Facebook and any and every other professional tech outlet I am affiliated with. My YouTube channel is very small but I have written professionally for 20 years and about mobile tech the past 4 years free lance but have garnered national recognition, contests and awards.

    I hope I am able to help get your vlog seen and you get the credit you deserve for such real genuine content that was a huge elephant in every room until now.

    If you ever need articles professionally written that helps, please let me know. I’m more than happy to write them with a passion and excitement because I can fully stand behind content that is truth and fact!!!

    Kash
    AMobilePointofView

  • Reply Gregory Martin November 12, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I could actually tell that the first video was shot in different quality. I got all the 4K scenes right but I couldn't tell the difference between 1080p and 720p whatsoever.

  • Reply poppy smith November 13, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I never guessed ………………………….

  • Reply alvidrez79 November 13, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Screen size is the only way you’re gonna start to notice , and even that it’s iffy

  • Reply Haisyr November 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    When you try see the diference in a 1080 monitor

  • Reply Master Leef Arce November 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I culd not SEE a difrens probebly cuz im watching on my iphone

  • Reply Kolton McCallister November 13, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Not on a 5.5" phone screen, no. Lol

  • Reply V Kat November 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    To see the difference you need big 4K TV 📺 on the phone it’s barely noticeable…

  • Reply hidden man November 14, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I have 4k tv. I really see that difference but i dont worth

  • Reply Mai Va Lee November 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Guys you just need a 4ktv with a smart tv watch it on youtube and your see a big difference.
    1080p looks crisp and clear I love it on the ps4 that only aloud format upscale 1080p.
    4k looks like those people are gonna walk out of your screen almost nearly 3D very visual on the Xbox One X.

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-65-class-oled-a8g-series-2160p-smart-4k-uhd-tv-with-hdr/6331595.p?skuId=6331595

  • Reply The Seattle Sideshow November 15, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Watched this on my 4K 82 inch Smart TV. Still can't tell a difference on 4k except maybe the one close up shot at the end. And even then that's with me consciously looking for a difference.

  • Reply Mr. Robot November 16, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Maybe the companies are lying about 4k lol watch a 4k is secretly a 1080 with a slightly small difference….a higher price haha

  • Reply Korey Hinkle November 17, 2019 at 8:32 am

    But won’t our 4k tvs upconvert the clips regardless to look 4k? Cuz I’m casting this from my iphone to my 4k vizio.

  • Reply Jin Samkasi November 18, 2019 at 1:01 am

    haha nice .. 4k its so bullshit but the people are dumb .. i watch it by my friend he has a 4k monitor he is one of the dumb people …and i see not the difference ..

  • Reply Paul Chaos November 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    i might not be able to tell the difference but my laptop can if i try playing a video in 4k it literally goes in slow motion

  • Reply Payton Pryor November 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Dude I don't even have perfect vision and I was able to tell you mixed the resolutions before you even told me. it's about paying attention to detail.

  • Reply Oldmanfunky November 18, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    This video did NOT help me win the argument with my wife about how I needed a 4k T.V. in my life. Thanks for that. ( with much sarcasm )

  • Reply trying to be gÄmEr November 18, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    Man i watched ur video from 1080p down to 144p
    And i am honestly impressed
    I dont know how you did it but i couldn’t see much of difference even on 144p
    That is crazy
    Bthw i am using super Retina display

  • Reply The Titan November 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    4k difference will become clear when you watch a video on a 55 inches tv . Other than that you will not notice….

  • Reply Peter Andrews November 20, 2019 at 12:16 am

    It can matter for youtube/web content. Due to compression from the youtube servers, your 1080p gets the bitrate equivalent to a 720p rendered image, and the 4k image looks like true 1080p.
    That's why if you want to release to the web, it's best to export to 4k in order to make up for the compression.

  • Reply Marco Flores November 20, 2019 at 3:24 am

    I saw the video on my Sony 4K TV 55'', although differences are not that relevant, you can see them. Now, I think there is something else in the clip, because for example if you watch Netflix, the differences between 1080p and 4k are incredible, you can easily identify them. Also youtube videos that are uploaded in 4k and those in 1080p differences are highly noticieable. Is the clip edited in sharpness, contrast, something else?

  • Reply Nate Balls November 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Hard to tell due to the camera always moving, low frame rate, 2 sec clips, depth of field, YouTube compression and not a movie production grade video camera etc. of course its going to be hard to tell, you can tell the difference in games a big way for sure on a large enough display, I would say for just watch tv 1080 is fine unless you have a very big tv + most content don't support 4k & and if it does is compressed most of the time

  • Reply D-Man Studios November 20, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    For $6,000 the 720 better look amazing

  • Reply Bobert Wiltshire November 20, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I have a 70” tv. The 720 shots look like crap. 1080 is ok. 4K really pops, but only if the shot is in focus. For instance the one shot with all the houses in the background, way more detail than 1080. And the closeup where all the pores were visible. Very noticeable difference in those two shots.

  • Reply chris hicks November 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    The smallest screen i could see a diffence is on a 60 UHD TV a distance I measured of 10 feet with 19/18 vision. My wife who wheres glasses could only tell at 3 feet with 20/30 vision. on our UHD projector at 120" it was without effort truly noticeable for both of us to the back of our living room at a measured at 16'. P.S. To anyone living at least 8000' above sea level where active cooling is recommended over passive: Lol,wow it sounds like my old i5 htpc with nividia 760ti card hooked to my bedroom's 60" has finish it's count and has taken off towards the next solar system. the extra noise has scared my wife in beliveing it will explode, her not understand the inner working of a PC. being the fruggle person I am, "I said see I said see I told you the future is 4k. You get quality buffer free video and a dream machine built into you bed room computer." uhhh, nope! she was having it! Well I guess for her sake It's time to upgrade. Lo!l

  • Reply TigeronStarfire November 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    It's probably most noticeable in slower clips when you're focusing on detail. If it's motion it feels more like a wash. The only time I felt bang on with 4K was when I could see the pores on the nose of your model. XD That's it, really.

  • Reply cliff bird November 21, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    If ur watching on a 4K TV they upscale 1080 and 720 to 4K so ur not really going to notice the differances. But if ur using ur PC to watch this through a 4K TV the graphics card might not be able to run in 4K so might downscale a bit.

    Most films sold as 4k r filmed in 1080 and upscaled to 4K by computor to save money on hiring 4k cameras. They do the same with 3D they film it with normal 2 D cameras and use computors to turn it into 3D then call it real 3D but is actualy fake 3D. True 3D uses a 3D camera. SBS uses 2 2D cameras mounted side by side focused at diff points and gives the best 3D effect.

  • Reply Jay B November 22, 2019 at 5:43 am

    If they actually played the fuckin video in 4k u might

  • Reply Itchy Scratchy November 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    You can see a difference

  • Reply mark jonathan Lever November 22, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Did you keep the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO the same when you switched between resolutions? Also, I imagine you'd notice more difference once you start blowing it up on a bigger screen. I imagine most people watching it on YouTube will watch on their phones or desktop.

  • Reply Ted Trujillo November 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Kinda hard to do on Chrome, but yes using a 4k browser I can really see the difference with my almost 70 year old eyes.

  • Reply Diego Gastaldi November 24, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    It really depends how it was filmed, how it was compressed and how you are whatching it.

    In some case you don't notice any difference, sometime it is massive sometime 1080p may even be better.

    I have a 75" 4k Samsung TV and if I watch a 50gb 4k movie it is awesome. Hugely better then any 1080P.
    A 4k movie smaller then 13Gb may look even worse then a 13Gb 1080P because it was compressed too much.

    But yes, 4K in a big screen, high bitrate looks much better

  • Reply frixtale 24 November 24, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    SOrry i could not tell the difference

  • Reply Revolver Ocelot November 24, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Fortunately I can tell that a lot of the scenes were shot in 720p because while 720p is crappy and 1080 is slightly less I could tell. 1080p is slightly less crappy and 1440p(4k) is awesome because its sharp. However, QLED is probably the superior to all of them by 2019.

  • Reply bigboobiessogood November 24, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Your video I couldn't tell much of a difference but before watching your video I watched another called The World in HDR in 4K and there is no way you would mistake that for 720p or 1080p, it looked amazingly detailed and vibrant. But I will say when I did upgrade to 4K and watching the first few UHD movies it never blew me away at all, I questioned many times if I had put the standard bluray disc in by mistake.

  • Reply Pigumon November 25, 2019 at 11:18 am

    How are these garbage videos still being made? 4K isn’t even new anymore, we have 8K and already higher. And yes, you can easily see the difference. The pixel density alone blocks more unwanted light so black is automatically darker. Aside from that, you can see less pixelation. This is all old news. And the bottom line is just because your eyes suck, don’t assume everyone else’s do.

  • Reply TrqHardPvP November 26, 2019 at 2:05 am

    i cant tell… my tv is upscaling all these images so they're the exact same

  • Reply Seb Hodge November 26, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I am currently learning more about videography etc for YouTube but I'm wondering, if most smartphones shoot in 4K then what are the main advantages of getting an expensive camera or drone? Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated ✌🏼

  • Reply JackThe Commenter November 27, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Welp PewDiePie's never gonna reach this good of lighting and 1080p 60 fps

  • Reply Jonathan T November 27, 2019 at 5:02 am

    I knew there was some funky business in that video on my 4k samsung tv…. the glasses were much clearer in 4k, 1080 wasnt as clear, and 720 I could really tell, lol super blurred

  • Reply I AM AJ November 27, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    watching in 360p feeling proud!!!

  • Reply Gino Foogle November 28, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    i can't really tell the difference on my 480p steam engine tv.. but on a serious note.. this thing really boils down to screen size, on a big screen you can and will see a difference. same with phones. anything above 1080p on a phone is just a waste of battery life.

  • Reply Resto's and Revivals November 28, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    One thing I wonder is would 4k be better to use in the long run since tv's, Monitor and cell phone viewing capability's are constantly improving? Will 1080p end up looking like an old 80's movie a few years down the road?

  • Reply Kevin Holdorff November 29, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I said years ago that tv makers were screwed because the technology for resolution grew so fast that they’d be hard pressed to give better resolutions beyond HD 1080… now it’s them trying anything to get money. And some but less and less are going to pay for a 4K or 8k TV

  • Reply Mars Bars November 29, 2019 at 7:55 am

    I think the size of your screen matters too. If it was on a much bigger display the difference would be much more noticeable

  • Reply Remi November 29, 2019 at 8:03 am

    40 bucks for a couple of presets?! Hahahahaha!!!!

  • Reply Waleed Alghussein November 29, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Why does your 720 looks better than mine

  • Reply Jason S November 30, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I think that it's OK to mix resolutions as long as you don't compress the video before or shoot to a highly compressed format. Most cameras will add so much compression and have such a low bit rate that they can't be upscale without it showing.

  • Reply Ben Tenney November 30, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I honestly didn’t realize at first that the entire thing wasn’t in 4K, but when you asked specifically what clips were in 4K, I got two of them right. Especially the one close up towards the end. You can see the specs of dirt on the mans glasses. That isn’t possible with 1080… just my honest opinion.

  • Reply VideosWithLyrics November 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

    There is actually a frickin difference. Watching on my 4K UHD TCL Smart TV byw

  • Reply CozmicPlayz Minecraft December 1, 2019 at 2:50 am

    I don’t think I can even tell the difference between 60 FPS, and 500 fps

  • Reply Luigi Long December 1, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Very interesting! I have to say, though, that I looked at a couple of demo 4K YT videos, and found them to be absolutely outstanding! However, that said, who's to say that had they been shot in 1080 that they would not have been excellent quality as well!

  • Reply Daniel Cehrs December 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Nice video and while I do agree with you almost every point.
    I did get 3 of the 4k correct and 2 of the 1080 correct but yes thats focusing on detail and not the subject.

  • Reply Loosifar December 1, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    give me your house

  • Reply Zachary Rampelt December 1, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Watching this on my 720p phone pretending I can tell the difference

  • Reply Mario Rios-Ramos December 2, 2019 at 11:58 am

    The hair sharpness is what gives away on whats 4k

  • Reply scessarcessartm December 2, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    4K, or better yet, 8K, is for creating and editing digital video. VFX with Houdini, Redshift, Substance. The higher the resolution of your frames, the more realistic your footage will be when it comes to inserting them into the footage of the 3D composition …

  • Reply NovaDoll December 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Yes I can. Ok now I’ll watch

  • Reply soffester December 3, 2019 at 2:09 am

    4k really shows how dusty his glasses were compared to 720. 0:33 compared to 0:37.

  • Reply Pat Riot December 3, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I can def. see a difference, at least , between 4k and everything else.

  • Reply Jason Mazzonello December 3, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Tube tv to a 1080p LCD was the last time that the resolution upgrade was worth the price imo. 1080p to 4K is such a small jump in comparison

  • Reply Primitive Death7 December 4, 2019 at 3:46 am

    I was watching in 1440p on my galaxy s10 and I could honestly tell the resolution was changing before the commentary even started

  • Reply MILO GP December 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I saw the difference i thought that my quality dropped but it was still on 1440p

  • Reply GunstarGizmo December 4, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    4K is great for detailed closeups or if you want 1080p quality on a large screen.

  • Reply zantigar December 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this demo – being a 1080p proponent myself, I love you for it! That being said, I must admit watching other side by side comparisons between 4k and 1080p with the cameras locked down on tripods, the difference in detail clarity was noticeable. However, what your video shows beyond a doubt is that REAL WORLD use of either 4k or 1080p in an edited sequence is absolutely indistinguishable! To even the most discerning audience members, CONTENT IS KING! Thank you sir for making this so obvious – even this late in the game.

  • Reply nitestrike1000 December 6, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I can see in 32k. The 4k scenes were blurry

  • Reply ricochet 101 December 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I'm watching this on 720p screen….for me everything is 720p.

  • Reply Dani Wayne December 7, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I can tell the difference between 360p and 480p

  • Reply DreamVisitor December 7, 2019 at 6:35 am

    for me the video was in 720p so it was 720p to 720p to 720p LOL

  • Reply kuke799 December 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

    only boomers cant tell

  • Reply Dylan Mccanlies December 7, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Well done

  • Reply Carlos Monce Records December 8, 2019 at 1:55 am

    You used 30fps??? use 60fps

  • Reply Vrijman December 8, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I can easily tell the scenes from 4k, to not 4k. But couldn't really see the difference of 720p and 1080p on my 4k tv.

  • Reply Path11 Media December 8, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    If you tell me the average person can tell the difference between 4k and 1080 on screens up to 50"…then you failed at Story.

  • Reply Flub Flubber December 8, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    You see the differnce with movies: download an 1920×1080 mkv movie and the same movie in 4K, 4K is so much better.

  • Reply Flub Flubber December 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    You have an eye problem.
    720 vs 4K , i see the differnce here on my s10.

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