What is Dolby Vision?
However, the electronics industry hasn’t yet settled on a single standard.
Dolby Vision HDR was initially planned for the company’s Dolby Cinemas, combining HDR video with Dolby Atmos sound in an attempt to take on IMAX cinemas – but Dolby Vision can also be adapted for the home.
What is the key difference between Dolby Vision and HDR10?
The key difference between Dolby Vision and HDR10 is that the former allows for dynamic metadata to be added and adapted to an HDR image on a frame-by-frame basis.
In theory, this should potentially allow for a subtler, more improved image.
HDR10, meanwhile, applies its parameters scene-by-scene – for instance, every time a camera angle changes.
While Dolby Vision’s adaptive skill should deliver a superior picture to HDR10, we’ve found the quality depends on how well the film (or disc) implements the tech.
HDR: HDR10+. is developed by Samsung.
All of Samsung’s 2017 4K TVs have HDR10+ support built in, while a firmware update will make it available to existing 2016 4K TVs.
Predictably, the company’s 2018 line-up of TVs supports the format, too.
HDR10+ is a direct rival to Dolby. Note, Samsung’s TVs will support Dolby Vision.
In a bid to bring the format to more hardware, Samsung announced a partnership with Panasonic, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. to start licensing the HDR10+ platform.
Philips joined the HDR10+ bandwagon, too, preferring it over Dolby Vision for its 2018 models.
What Coming Next?
More excitingly, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs with HDR10+ are on their way, with the first discs – likely 20th Century Fox and Warnes Bros. release – due to come out later this year.
Amazon Prime Video was the first content provider to announce support for HDR10+ and will be streaming over 100 shows.
Such shows are The Man In The High Castle and The Grand Tour, in HDR10+ on Samsung’s 4K and QLED TVs.
These are available for US models only for the time being, though.
HDR10 vs Dolby Vision: which is better?
Both HDR10 and Dolby Vision can feature on the same TVs and discs, although Dolby isn’t yet as ubiquitous.
Despicable Me and its sequel marked the first Ultra HD Blu-rays with Dolby Vision, while other new releases include mother!, IT, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Matrix and more.
The two formats can happily coexist (Amazon Prime Video and Netflix offer both).
However, you will need a Dolby Vision-compatible disc, Blu-ray player and TV capable of processing it before you can enjoy the technology at home.
The list of compatible TVs and Blu-ray players isn’t as long as HDR10’s, although newer 4K Blu-ray players are increasingly adopting the format as part of their specs.
Part of the issue is that (unlike HDR10) Dolby Vision requires a payment of a licence fee.