Dash Cam Resolution 1080P vs 2k vs 4k

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Dash Cam Resolution 1080P vs 2k vs 4k

When shopping for a Dash Camera, one of the first numbers you will see is the video resolution. There are many different resolutions you will see on the market such as 720P, 1080P, 2k, and most recently 4K. Here at Safe Drive Solutions, we offer many models of Dash Cams which vary between 1080P, 2K and 4K resolution. 

But which resolution is best for you? 

Below we have listed the many differences between 1080P, 2K, and 4K resolution so you can make an easier decision. You are probably more familiar with these terms when it comes to televisions.


What does 1080P mean?

 1080P refers to FHD or Full-HD Resolution. 1080p means it is characterized by 1920 pixels displayed across the screen horizontally and 1080 pixels down the screen vertically. 1080p was, and still is a standard for many devices, including Blu-Ray discs, smartphones, TV’s, YouTube videos, Netflix, video game consoles and Laptops.

Most Thinkware Dash Cams come standard with 1080P/Full HD Footage. The Dash Cam models that record in 1080P are the; F100, FA200, F800, and F800PRO.

2K (QHD)

What is the difference between 1080P and 2K resolution? 

 2K resolution is a generic term for display devices that have horizontal resolution of 2000+ pixels. 2K resolution standard is 2048 x 1080. Pixels on a 2K start at 2,211,840 pixels and go all the way up to 3,686,400 pixels compared to 1080P which is 2,073,600 pixels. As you can see the image quality can get quite good on a 2K dash camera. The Thinkware QA100 front camera is 2560 pixels horizontally and 1440 pixels vertically so a lot more detail compared to a 1080p camera. These added pixels allow for a wider image and more detailed recording. When you zoom in on a 2K video, it will retain more clarity compared to a 1080p video.

2K is great for reading license plates or street signs which can help with insurance or even a traffic violation as you will have less noise and artifacts when you zoom in. 

Our QA100 Elite is a  2K Resolution Thinkware Dash Cam. 

4K (UHD)

4K  also known as Ultra High Definition or UHD, refers to one of two high definition resolutions. The term “4K” is generic and refers to any resolution with a horizontal pixel count of approximately 4,000. 4K is either 3840 horizontal pixels by 2160 vertical pixels or 4096 horizontal pixels by 2160 vertical pixels.

 In television and consumer media, 3840 × 2160 is the 4K standard, whereas the movie projection industry uses 4096 × 2160 due to the larger projection size.

 4K is four times the pixel resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels). With 4 times the pixels, the image will be 4x as detailed.

Due to the number of pixels, the image can be viewed on a larger screen without distortion. 

The 4K resolution features less visible pixels than 1080p when zooming in on the footage. 

You might have noticed some 4K Dash Cam Footage looks better than others. With cheap 4K Dash Cams, it turns out some manufacturers have cheated the true 4K resolution. These manufacturers use poor chipsets which instead of recording in 4K, are resizing a Full HD video to the 4K size. 

The Thinkware U1000 uses Native 4k Resolution to increase detail when capturing license plates at faster speeds, and for capturing detail in low-light conditions.

Image Quality

With higher camera resolution, you can enjoy vivid details, and the image quality is better. Thus, 4K delivers clear and sharper images than 1080p. For instance, capturing license plate numbers is possible for 4K than 2K and 1080p.  The same is not possible for 1080p to assure with the camera quality taking into the considerable distance. 4k is the best resolution if you intend to get the best quality footage.


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