Many people, even myself, go for the highest resolution available at a cost-effective price when buying a projector.
Many 8k, 4k, and 1080p resolution projectors are available in the market, with some being native ones and others as enhanced versions.
There are many times when people get confused between native resolution vs supported resolution and also does it affect the picture quality.
Also, is it necessary to have a native resolution type projector instead of a supported one?
I have tried answering all the queries in this guide which may help you when buying a projector for your need.
What is Projector Resolution?
The projector’s resolution is the number of pixels that will make the image on the screen.
The projector with higher pixel density will display more sharp and clear picture quality on the screen.
For example, a projector with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 has a width of 1920 pixels and a height of 1080 pixels.
But in a projector, the resolution is decided by two factors which are native resolution and supported resolution.
Native Resolution vs Supported Resolution
In native, the resolution is fixed, so if the projector has a native resolution of 1080p or 4k, it will display the video in that format without compromising the quality.
In other words, the native resolution is the default display that projector support without scaling or resizing the video on the screen.
1). Excellent Image Quality: The images which will be displayed on the screen in native resolution will produce much more precise and natural due to the pixels being used most efficiently.
2). No scaling is required: If you have a UHD projector, then playing content of lesser resolution will display the same clarity without lacking the image quality.
1). Lagging: Even your model has a lower lag time when playing anything on native resolution (FHD). But the lag time increases significantly when you play anything on higher resolution (UHD).
2). No Support: If you use an older projection model with no supported resolution, then playing today`s higher-end content will be delayed by 2 seconds.
On the other hand, the projector will play the higher resolution video smoothly in a supported resolution, but the picture quality will be average.
Let’s give you an example suppose you have a projector that supports a resolution of 4k, but your projector has a native resolution of 1080p still, it will play that UHD content with the help of the image upscaling feature.
But the video quality will not be as good as you will be getting in native resolution.
Compatibility: One of the most significant factors of using supported resolution is you can play higher-resolution content with upscaling image feature.
Perfect In Gaming: If you use a higher-end console like PS5 or Xbox series X, you can still do smooth casual gaming without any delay on the screen.
Loss In Image Quality: In this format, you will get an upscaling content of 4k when the projector comes with native resolution, but the image will be of average quality.
Heats the projector: Whenever higher content is played on the projector, and the native resolution is significantly lower, it will require more power to play that content on the screen.
How To Select The Right Resolution For a Projector
Selecting the right projector according to the resolution depends highly on your usage.
If your viewing is mostly in 1080p and occasionally you watch 4k content, then a native resolution of 1080p with the supported resolution is ideal for you.
But on the other hand, if most of your viewing is on 4k and you don’t want a projector that upscales the content, then go with a native UHD resolution model.
Also, higher-end projectors come with a premium price tag of above $2000. So, if you are looking for a cost-effective model, you need to research it to get the right model.
I my experience going with a native resolution of a 4k projector can be suitable in every factor. But still, in the end, everything highly depends on what you are going to watch daily.