720 vs 1080

Discussion in 'Displays' started by AnthonyDF, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. AnthonyDF

    AnthonyDF Auditioning

    Jan 3, 2006
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    Hi All,
    I am looking into purchasing a 61" DLP television. Most likely a Samsung model.
    I have been trying to research as much as I can but am still a bit confused about the 720 VS 1080(i or p) technology.
    Are there any websites or data sheets out there that can go into each of these and also the pros and cons of each?

  2. John S

    John S Producer

    Nov 4, 2003
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    In digital displays it is 1080p -vs- 720p.

    Really the only major difference is the 1080p has a lot more pixels so they should always produce a better image.
  3. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Cinematographer

    Nov 1, 1998
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    Don't forget that with a 720p TV, 720p shows are displayed as-is while 1080i shows need to be converted to 720p. With a 1080p TV, both 720p shows and 1080i shows need to be converted, to 1080p. On average for 2005 and even early 2006 TV's the 1080i conversion to either 720p or 1080p is fair to poor (the Sony SXRD is an exception with good conversion). The result is that you might judge several 1080p and 720p sets to have the same picture quality.

    I don't know of any easy way to evaluate the 1080i conversion inside.

    YOu are safe if the TV has a "native
    input, that is, 720p input for 720p TV's, almost all have it, or 1080p input for 1080p TV's, not all have it. This way you can upgrade the 1080i conversion electronics later if you want to without buying an all new TV.

    Video hints:

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