Why do high quality/resolution screens appear better quality than our actual eyes?


For example: some of the new ( particularly larger ) 4k screens, when watched appear so crisp and sharp, and the colors so clear, that they seem to exceed the quality of our own eyes….somehow.

In: Technology

It is logically impossible for a display to mimic an image better than our own eyes since we see everything through our eyes. You are probably just noticing the sharp pixels on the screen being more detailed than they really are.

The images can be much sharper. The colour saturation is often turned up as well so things look a lot more vivid and well defined. However its not that they’re more detailed than our eyes, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see the detail. They image is just processed in a way that makes it look different to the normal world.

It is impossible to make an image sharper than the real world, simply because even if you somehow made that you still see things through your eyes, so in a sense you are limited to your eyes resolution. Aside from that it is obviously also impossible to actually *make* a picture higher resolution than the real world. A screen works by making a ton of small pixels different colours, the equal thing for the real world is the atoms we are made of. So essentially your screen need atom sized pixels to fully mimic the real world, but you need several atoms to make a pixel. This gives the conclusion that a screen can never be higher resolution than the real world.

Now, I do know what you mean, though – when going to a store and watch one of those 8K screens set to show some amazing video it looks so crisp. The thing is, it isn’t the resolution that is higher than the real world, it has to do with colours and contrast. If you take a picture of something that looks alright and then saturate the colours everything “pops” more to your eyes. Furthermore the contrast is increased, which makes things look “sharper”. The 8K resolution is actually not the key here, unless you stand really close to the monitor.

It also helps to understand that a photo or images ‘focus range’ is also much larger. More of the scenery, for example, will appear in focus as opposed to our visions peripheral quality.