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Hello once again ,

I have recently been looking at some projectors for sale and I have been seeing the term "Native Resolution" come up alot. I've already googled it , but I haven't really received the answer I want. For example this LED projector has a native resolution of WVGA(800x480) however it supports these following aswell : VGA(640x480), WVGA(800x480), SVGA(800 x 600), XGA(1024 x 768), HD720P(1280x720), Full HD1080P/1080i(1920x1080)

So my question is , what exactly is the native resolution? Can you still achieve the Full HD 1080P you would find on a LED TV?

Thanks for any feedback!


asked Nov 11 '12 at 08:54

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native resolution is the resolution that the device most efficiently displays, eg a 1080P monitor has 1920x1080 pixels and if output a signal that is 1920x1080 to the display then you get a 1 to 1 pixel mapping and thus get the highest possible quality when it comes to detail.

If you go higher or lower, then the image will become interpolated which reduces detail and adds blur.

Going higher or lower than the native resolution of a display will always cause you to lose detail and overall quality as going from low to high causes a lot of blur. Going from high to low (eg a 720p or 1080p projector that will take a higher resolution input) causes a loss of detail but more sharpness. (With interpolation, details that would already be 1-2 pixels tall or wide may just completely disappear after interpolating to a lower resolution.

answered Nov 11 '12 at 13:59

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If my understanding of the term is correct, native resolution is the resolution of the device... That means that if you go over that resolution it will scale down the input so it will fit into the devices native resolution. You may still see the whole picture but you will loose details in the rendered output.

answered Nov 11 '12 at 13:37

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