As most entertainment or gaming aficionados know, a 1440p resolution renders videos and gaming graphics so crisp and clear, they’re almost visceral.
Given the rapid pace at which technology is developing, especially technology geared for the ultimate entertainment experience, devices capable of hosting this kind of resolution are more in-demand than ever before. Beyond recreational use, however, 1440p resolution is also essential for video recording for a variety of purposes, including video evidence in professional environments.
If you need to know more about the hype behind 1440p resolution, this post tells you everything you need to know.
What Is 1440p Resolution?
Referring to the height of the resolution, which is measured in pixels, 1440p simply means a resolution of 2560x1440. The ‘p’ indicates a progressive resolution (this refers to how resolution is drawn on a monitor), which is known to lend videos a higher quality. Interlaced resolution, on the hand, frequently causes plenty of flickering given that the resolution is painted on the screen in alternating frames, whereas progressive resolution paints all the time.
1440p resolution is one of the highest resolutions available, only rivalled by the much-revered 4K. For application purposes, it’s important to note that 1440p resolution is mostly manufactured for PC monitors. However, the 1440p resolution can be found with other screens too, including smart phones where it’s often labeled ‘Quad HD’ or ‘QHD’ (Quad High Definition). The ‘Quad’ refers to the fact that it’s four times the resolution of the 720p, which was originally the standard for HD devices.
QHD also boasts a wide aspect ratio of 16:9.
The 1440p Gaming Experience
With gaming hardware and screens becoming more affordable, many gamers are opting for 1440p resolution given that it’s now more convenient - and enjoyable - to do so.
While the general rule is that higher the resolution the better, you need to make sure that your device can render graphics at this quality without slowing your system down. After all, in the gaming world, speed and fluidity is everything - in the absence of the right hardware, crisp graphics won’t amount to an improvement of your gaming experience.
One recommendation is that you give your PC a trial run with games produced at 1080p and take a look at what performance is like. If your experience is glitchy and you’re intent on enjoying games in nothing less than QHD, go for a 1440p resolution monitor.
In this process, make sure that your graphics card can handle this extra load.
The 1440p Movie / Video Experience
Are you accustomed to watching YouTube videos in HD, i.e. 720p?
If so, you must be aware of the superior viewing experience you enjoy when there’s no pixilation and the video is so clear, you feel like you’re seeing things in real life. Imagine then, how much superior a 1440p resolution is compared to this!
One thing you need to be mindful of is that screen size and your proximity to the screen may influence the sharpness of the images. That being said, 1440p resolution has also demonstrated excellent quality even on smaller screens, giving smaller images a sharper definition.
While the screen you use will have an effect on how you enjoy a 1440p video or movie, therefore, it’s not as dramatic as you think.
1440p Body Cameras
Body cameras, which are increasingly being used for law enforcement and local government purposes, are also available in 1440p resolution, helping authorities ensure greater transparency and accountability within public bodies.
Although a few of our models can record up to 1440p, the default is set to 1080p as this is the optimal recording resolution for quality, battery life and storage. You will find that as you set the quality of the video higher, battery life will be consumed at a faster rate and your storage capacity will fill up faster.
The trade off here is that you will receive an outstanding video quality. If your purpose is to playback the video on a 1440p screen, recording at 1440p should be considered. However, if you are playing back on a regular 1080p monitor, your footage will look quite similar as if it were recorded at 1080p.
You can also reduce the quality of most body cameras all the way down to 480p. Ultimately storing up to 68 hours of footage before the body camera is full. Some users also prefer to enable loop recording which allows the older footage to be replaced/looped with newer footage. This provides an easy to manage operation for the user where they can only save video files that are necessary, rather than deleting their footage every time the storage capacity is reached. Enabling loop recording when the body camera is set to record at 1440p is also a viable option.
It’s no secret that a 1440p resolution adds sharpness and definition to videos and graphics - so much so, you’ll wonder why you’ve been missing out all these years. With the right equipment, enjoy some of the best video quality and games on the market!
If your needs are different and you require 1440p video recording, make sure that the cameras you purchase are built for this specific resolution. For a range of body cameras featuring 1440p resolution, take a look through our catalogue of products.