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HDR Support for Displays and Recommendations

BenQ
2018/10/09
Does the High Dynamic Range effect on an HDR monitor equal to HDR photography?

Although both terms encompass HDR, the essence of HDR photography on a high-end smartphone is different from the effect on an HDR monitor. HDR photography enhances picture quality by simultaneously shooting several photos with different exposure values (EV) and combining them into one photo with the largest EV. HDR monitors implement a new image standard which displays images by enhancing the brightness/darkness of signals and color range. HDR monitors can show details more clearly and vividly and achieve a more natural-looking image.

  HDR Photography on Smartphone HDR on Display
 
Attributes
HDR Photography on Smartphone
Secondary function
HDR on Display
Built-in feature
 
Principles
HDR Photography on Smartphone
Shoot 3 photos with different EV and merge into the best shot
HDR on Display
Eliminate imaging loss during video post-production and reveal natural-looking images on HDR monitor
 
Advantages
HDR Photography on Smartphone
Compensate for either over- or under-exposure to achieve a more detailed image
HDR on Display
Increase image clarity and vividness by enhancing the contrast and color. All details are revealed to achieve natural-looking images.

How can I enjoy true HDR videos and gaming?

An HDR display is your ticket to the HDR world, and the next step is to decide how to explore HDR content. There are several ways to enjoy supreme image quality on your HDR display:

1. Rent or buy an HDR Blu-ray, HDR game or HDR streaming services (Internet connection that’s fast enough to stream high quality HDR content.)

2. Devices (including monitors, players, and cables) that support high quality HDR content.

Which players and hosts can truly display HDR?

With more and more channels providing HDR content, the most frequently used and popular internet platforms are providing HDR content. The easiest ways to enjoy HDR content are:

1. Shoot your own HDR videos and view the content via the HDMI, DP or USB Type-C port on the host or player.

2. Many online videos, such as music videos or movies, are now available in HDR. Download them directly or play them via online streaming.

3. Leading media sites and streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, and Apple TV now provide HDR content.

Recommended 4K / FHD HDR Players:

Apple TV 4K
PlayStation 4 Pro
RockTek X5 4K HDR (TV Box)
Zidoo Smart TV Box X8 (Multimedia Player)
Samsung UBD-K8500

Recommended 4K Players:


Xbox One S / Xbox One X

Recommended FHD HDR Players:

PlayStation 4

Recommended Host Specifications


Display Card:
a. Intel Graphics 630 or later
b. AMD 5-Series or later
c. Nvidia GTX 10-Series or later
Operating System:
Windows 10 version 1709 (RS3)

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