Testing 4K Monitors for Surveillance

Author: Derek Ward, Published on Jun 19, 2014

4K televisions and monitors are becoming increasingly available and affordable. 

We tested a 4K monitor vs a 1080p one.

For testing, we purchased a 39" 4K Seiki SE39UY04 for ~$400 USD online, which is one of the lowest priced 4K displays available. We compared differences in quality versus a 40" Seiki 1080p monitor for ~$200.

Below, we have the two monitors set up in our office displaying surveillance feeds side by side:

We tested single camera views, 2x2 and 4x4 views with cameras ranging from 1080p to 10MP. We had a focus group of surveillance and non-surveillance specialists view the 2 monitors to provide feedback.

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