Chris Welch, the editor of The Verge, didn’t like how his iPhone screen got too bright every time he watched an Instagram video. This makes it especially hard on the eyes to use the device when there isn’t much light.
Chris Welch thinks that more and more people are sharing HDR (high dynamic range) videos, which might be the cause. If the video is shown on a device that can handle it, the display will automatically adjust the contrast range and colors to make it look as real as possible.
Many people, though, agree that HDR video makes the screen of the device too bright.
There are a lot of companies that support HDR technology, and Apple’s iPhone is one of them. Most of them, though, don’t talk about the best way to watch HDR content.
Some people make HDR the default setting when they record videos. HDR videos will make the iPhone screen brighter when they are posted on HDR-enabled sites like Instagram or Reddit.
HDR helps when watching something on a big screen like a computer or TV. On smartphones, though, they can be distracting.
Welch suggests a few changes that would give users more power over HDR content. One of them has the option to turn off HDR playback in apps like Instagram or YouTube. HDR can make videos look better, but not everyone is comfortable with them.