Tucked away in the corner of Sharps IFA stand this year was a little glimpse at the future and it’s 8k all the way. The 85″ Super Hi-Vision TV slung unceremoniously on a far corner of the Sharp stand was this surprise. Developed in co-operation between Sharp and Japans NHK, broadcast and technology company this TV is at least two generations ahead of it’s time. NHK are the creators and experts when it comes to the Super HI Vision standards – 8k Super Hi-Vision 7568 x 4096 – and were able to provide the recording and playback hardware. With unprecedented levels of picture detail the Super Hi-Vision picture has a natural 3D depth and feel, ultra realistic textures, zero noise or distortion and colours that jump out at the audience. Welcome to the world of tomorrow.
While a current generation full HD TV will have a seemingly spacious resolution of 1920 x 1280 – 2 megapixel – Sharps 85inch giga pixel monsters resolution of 7568 x 4096 equates to 32 mega-pixels. Even todays high end digital SLR camera’s can’t compete with this, most using the 4k standard – up to 4096 x 3302 – as their maximum resolution. Even Imax sulks away in shame when it sees Sharps monster TV. Imax film is equivalent to a digital pixel resolution of 6,120 × 4,500, Imax digital uses two overlayed 2k projectors, a pseudo 4k resolution, which is actually just a brighter 2k picture. The Sharp and its 8k resolution wins hands down.