Dashcam video resolutions is one of the most important yet confusing specifications to pay attention to, as these will affect the video quality when you need to review road footage. Good video quality can mean the difference between capturing every single aspect of an incident, or capturing a blurry moment in time.
Almost all dash cams in the market today have Full HD 1080p resolution. With prices ranging from a few hundred dirhams right into the thousands, actual video quality varies greatly between these dash cams. So, what exactly is 1080p or 4k and how is it different between different dash cams? In this article, we’ll walk you through a few of the important things to know about dashcam resolution.
Dashcam Video Resolutions – HD / Full-HD / 2K / 4K
There are many different dashcam resolutions on the market currently, 720p, 1080p, 2k, and 4k. If you are uncertain of a display’s image resolution based on the product description, look at the specifications to determine the actual image size.
The higher the dashcam video resolution, the clearer the picture. This is important for capturing video in dim light, nighttime, or dusk—or picking up minute details.
HD or 720p
The term HD when it comes to dashcams usually refers to standard high definition, or 720p. This shouldn’t be confused with the term “Full HD” (full high definition 1080p) because HD may be incorrectly used interchangeably with Full HD to describe a camera’s resolution but it isn’t actually so.
Full HD or 1080p
Almost all dash cams in the market today have Full HD 1080p resolution. Although 1080p devices have been around for many years now, it remains the industry standard for many video or display devices.
1080P, while being excellent picture quality, remains the lowest resolution among our dashcams. This doesn’t mean they’re bad—in fact most vehicle owners would be thrilled with the picture quality from their 1080p dashcam. However, 2k and 4k displays offer a sharper, clearer image that allows for a more robust capture.
Next on the dashcam video resolution hierarchy are the 2k dashcams. 2k is a bit of a “catch-all” term used to describe devices that capture or display over 2000 horizontal pixels x 1080. With their higher resolution, 2k resolution dashcams can be of exceptional quality and higher clarity in comparison to 1080p.
When you want a reliable dashcam that will pick up clear images of street signs, license plates, and other minute details—which can significantly assist you in case of a claim—then a 2k dashcam might be for you.
4K Dashcams (UHD)
4k or UHD (Ultra HD) is 4 times the resolution of 1080p. That means zooming in on this footage on 4k dashcams is completely seamless, allowing for a full and vivid picture of what was captured, even at super high zoom levels.
Unfortunately not all 4k Dashcams are made equal. Some manufacturers utilize lower spec chipsets which record in HD and upscale the image to 4k which is not what you want.
When considering a 4k dashcam, look for a quality product such as the ones from Thinkware and Blackvue which use Native 4k Resolution to increase detail when capturing license plates at faster speeds, and for capturing detail in low-light conditions.