Both consumer and professional markets are embracing the 4K acquisition quickly.
Among the established high-end flag-ship 4K cameras of companies such as Red, Sony, Blackmagic, Canon, Panasonic and ARRI ( with the latest Amira firmware upgrade), on the one hand, and affordable 4K mirrorless digital cameras such as the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s, it was a matter of time before more and more reasonably priced UHD monitors start hitting the shelves, as well.
It is always better to see what you’ve shot in the actual resolution rather than downscaling it to the relatively smaller HD format.
One of the models that definitely deserves consideration is the recently released Asus PB 287Q UHD 28″ monitor. It delivers both quality and affordability all-in-one for around $579.99.
Some of the key features of the Asus PB 287Q are:
- 28″ Widescreen 4K UHD Monitor
- 3840 x 2160 4K Resolution (up to 60Hz refresh rate supported)
- 100,000,000:1 Consrast Ratio
- 1 ms Response Time
- 300 cd/m² Brightness
- 10-bit Color Support
- HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 Connectivity
- One Dislpay, Two Sources
- An Affordable Price
This is a true 4K ultra-high definition (4K UHD) monitor that features a 16:9 aspect ratio and a WLED panel delivering superb 4K UHD visuals, with resolutions up to 3840×2160. The PB287Q also has an impressive 1 ms fast response time and I really like the fact that it supports 60Hz refresh rate in 4K.
This is an essential feature for delivering fluid and responsive images compared to most lower-end class monitors that are limited to 30Hz in 4K only. However, If you want to see your UHD footage at refresh rates of up to 60Hz you should use DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity for true 4K UHD content support.
Support for 10bit colour space is another key feature of the Asus PB287Q. Many colourists will embrace this professional feature as it will give them the possibility to see UHD video files not only in full resolution but with the best possible quality and colour fidelity as well. Real 10bit colour space means smoother colour gradations and tonality for a more natural-looking transition between hues.
I also really like the Built-in Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and Picture-by-Picture (PbP) functionality that lets you view content from two different sources simultaneously along with the ability to switch between each video source. PiP mode places the second input source window in one corner of the display, while PbP mode splits the screen down the middle. This could be beneficial for editors or colourists that would like to work with more than one video source at the same time. For instance, you could have two work stations in your bay and you could use only one monitor to work with both.
Keep in mind, that your video card should support DisplayPort 1.2 in order to display true UHD (3840 x 2160p) video files at 60Hz.
Overall, the Asus PB287Q is a very appealing solution for independent filmmakers who want to buy a versatile true 4K monitor with some great build-in features on a budget. The Asus PB287Q currently retails for $579.99 at B&H.