The picture quality is not soley dependent on its resolution. Let's face it, there are even some consumer camcorders out there that shoot in high definition but their footage is just as grainy and monochrome looking as the old standard definition consumer camcorders. So what other factors determine that quality of a picture? Well, without getting too technical, there is the size of the pixels of the camera's sensor. In general, the larger the pixels of the sensor the more information a video camera can capture. This means, less noise in the picture and more vibrant colors. These attributes result in the picture appearing to have better quality. Some might even think that the picture looks like it has higher resolution because it appears sharper. But in fact, the resolution remains the same.
Videographers as Salesmen
This takes us back to those videographers back in 2005 that claimed to provide HD. Again, back then how could these videographers offer HD when there was no way of playing the HD footage when Blu Ray or even HD DVD didn't even exist? Well, the videography compan would down convert the HD footage to standard definition from 1080 to 480 resolution. They then claimed to save the original HD footage until a HD video format and player would exist for the couple to view their wedding video on. Meaning, they would store these HD footage in HD for how many years until the couple came back to them and asked for it to be delivered on what would now be the HD standard of Blu Ray. The question is how many of these videography companies went back to all of their past clients and sent them their Blu Ray version of their wedding video? Probably none. But these videographers used this as a sales tool to take advantage of customers to close deals with intent to never truly follow through.