Sharp is probably not the first company that comes to mind when talking about 8K video cameras but apparently in CES 2019 Sharp decided to display a prototype (most likely non-functioning) of an upcoming micro 4/3 8K camera that the company has been working on.
Sharp (which is now part of Foxconn) is no stranger to 8K technology. In fact, the company has been making 8K displays for a while now and even showcased 8K high-end pro video camera back in 2017 (see cinema 5D article for more info).
However, the current camera is very different. While the previous camera Sharp developed cost tens of thousands of dollars and was intended for a very small niche of high-end professionals who require the highest resolution possible (mostly in Japan), this new camera prototype is small, light and should come with a price tag of under $5K which is completely unheard of for a camera with these capabilities.
There are no official specs (we should know more around NAB 2019), but at the moment we are looking at a micro 4/3 8J 30p with H.265 compression and an SD card (with UHS-II support) which is a bit of an odd choice. The camera will have another interesting feature – an articulated 5″ touch screen.
Dave Altizer from Kinotika got a hands-on with the prototype during CES which you can see in the video above – we will be looking forward to learning more about this camera later this year.
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