OK, bad joke.. It’s too far of a stretch.
I don’t know why we are throwing away one of the dimensions when we talk about imagers. I was quite happy to know just get the pixel count. 10MP resolution – great – that’s twice as many pixels as a 5MP camera. Easy. I never, ever, felt that talking about camera resolutions in abbreviations instead of the # of pixels. Is 4CIF better than CIF or better than SIF? To figure this out, I (because I am dumb) will need to look up what the hell SCIF actually means. Don’t get me wrong – i know that when we talk about 1080p it is implied that we are talking about a 1920 x 1080 image. So the “1080” part comes from the vertical resolution. Now we have 4K, but the 4K now describes the horizontal resolution (3840 × 2160). We could just call it 2MP and 8MP and folks would (hopefully) grasp that there are 4 times as many pixels in 4K as in 1080p, or – if people just LOVE the weird CIF/SIF names – we can also call it UHD, and then sit and wait for 8K/FUHD. This sort of inconsistent naming and using meaningless abbreviations drive me (even more) insane.
I am sure there’s some rationale that I just don’t get.