VESA have today announced some improvements to their DisplayHDR standards, tightening up some of the criteria for their certification scheme as well as introducing a new HDR 1400 tier. The new HDR 1400 tier also provides further enhancements to the scheme at the top end including enhanced peak brightness capability to account for modern backlight options.
Article updated 10/9/19 with some corrections and clarification around the new certification criteria
Marketing a display as supporting HDR (High Dynamic Range) is becoming increasingly common in the monitor market with most new displays talking about how great HDR is, and the benefits it offers on spec pages and press releases. The problem is, the general “HDR” label is so open to interpretation and so open to abuse, that it’s very difficult for an average consumer to really know what is being offered from any given screen. They see the HDR label and assume that’s all they need, when in fact there are many different levels of actual HDR performance from a display. Despite some groups such as VESA trying to develop a certification scheme to take control of this and develop some standards, it hasn’t really helped as their scheme is flawed by the lower grade certifications which are just as equally open to interpretation and abuse. We wanted to write this article to hopefully raise more awareness, and also to make a plea to VESA to reconsider its entry level HDR certifications. Is your HDR display really HDR? Read on to find out.