More 4K related: HDR coming to lower resolution projectors? You bet! For the most part, it is Optoma who is driving this interesting concept. While a couple of projector manufacturers are adding HDR-type modes, essentially trying to emulate HDR without the HDR data, there is another way!
What Optoma started doing, and just announced more projectors with the same abilities, is to start with a 1080p projector without pixel shifting, but including HDR. Now, the only place you will find HDR data these days in content, is on 4K content. What these Optoma projectors do is accept 4 K content, get the HDR data, and scale the picture resolution from 4K down to basic 1080p.
By doing things this way, these projectors will not look any sharper then a 1080p projector that lacks the ability to bring in 4K UHD, but they will be able to produce the more dynamic-looking HDR, giving the picture more pop. Keep in mind that HDR likes lots of lumens. No surprise, then, is that the typical 1080p Optoma has with this capability claims at least 2,000 lumens.
Is the world ready for HDR at 1080p? Perhaps, but in a perfect world, to do it right, we should be receiving 1080p content – i.e. over cable, satellite, streaming, and disc, with the HDR in the 1080p data, and not add to the price of these lower cost projectors by requiring more processing to handle 4K. Still, it’s an interesting idea. We recently wrote about Optoma’s HD27HDR – one of the projectors I’m describing.