HDR10+ vs. Dolby Vision: How Do They Compare?

Several different HDR standards have emerged since it first became a consumer-oriented format in 2014. These include HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. But, when comparing HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, which HDR format deserves to come out on top? It’s a close call and one that requires a good bit of explanation.


First Introduced: April 2017 Developer: Samsung and Amazon Video Peak Brightness: 10,000 nits Max Color Depth: 10-bit Max Resolution: 8K Metadata: Dynamic

Dolby Vision

First Introduced: January 2014 Developer: Dolby Laboratories Peak Brightness: 10,000 nits Max Color Depth: 12-bit Max Resolution: 8K Metadata: Dynamic

HDR10+ Pros and Cons

Pros: Royalty-free and open source, Widely accepted under the HDR10+ Alliance Cons: Supports fewer color shades than Dolby Vision, Not as future-proof as Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision Pros and Cons

Pros: First HDR format optimized for the consumer market, Supports up to 68 billion color shades Cons: Requires a $2,500 annual license in order to qualify, Use is more restrictive than HDR10+

HDR10+ vs Dolby Vision: Must-Know Facts

– HDR10+ supports up to a billion different color shades. Dolby Vision, on the other hand, supports up to 68 billion color shades. – Dolby Vision is a proprietary HDR format exclusive to Dolby Laboratories. Alternatively, HDR10+ is open-source and royalty-free.

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