Best 8k Cameras From Canon EOS, Sharp, Sony, Red Cinematic Video Camera

Best 8k Cameras

After 4K, the 8K revolution is slowly catching up in the world of cameras. It has slowly evolved and has been taking us forward to the future of digital imaging. The 8K cameras have been emerging one by one on the scene, and by the end of 2019, we expect the launch of a few tremendous 8K cameras. Spearheading a revolution, the 8K cameras from the likes of Red, Canon, and Sharp have been quite impressive in their own right.

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What is 8K all about?

Well, you have been familiar with the concept of 4K imaging and video clarity already. Most of the advanced camera systems and even smartphones now offer you access to 4K video capturing capability. The technology has been prevalent in the realm of TV screens and smartphones as well. 4K, in essence, brought clearer and sharper images.

If you find the 4K quality offering you vivid colors and an exceptional clarity to your images, 8K is going to double it further ahead. The 8K resolution contains 7680×4320 pixels. This will transform itself into providing you access to more clarity and details in your images.

The 8K is on its way to going mainstream quite soon. Of course, the 4K revolution did come all of a sudden, but you can set yourself ready for the 8K revolution right away. It is progressing and moving towards replacing 4K as a mainstream technology.

How is 8K going mainstream?

The 4K is still in fore, and most of the photography enthusiasts are still enjoying 4K, but 8K is not falling short. The stage for the development of the 8K is moving ahead.

One of the innovations is being observed in the realm of movies. The movie, Guardians of the Galaxy should be a case in point. The sequel to the film came recorded with RED Weapon 8K. The more substantial sensor performance coupled with superior high-resolution digital imaging is what would makes it great option in every right. The movie had come in 2017 and was a hit primarily because of its visual excellence (& CGI).

The cameras have been arriving with the 8K compatibility. RED has been a leader in the sphere of 8K cameras with its Weapon range of cameras. So much so that the camera was used for shooting many Hollywood movies. Apart from RED, there are other players as well, who have ventured into the market for the 8K cameras. Sharp launched its 8K camcorder back in 2017. Even Sony has been contemplating to join the 8K bandwagon. There is a huge difference here – manufacturers like RED and Sony have been involved in providing the products with a focus on the creative enthusiasts, while Sharp is more inclined towards the broadcasting devices.

While 8K technology is focussed on the professional front as of now, we are witnessing the cameras with the 8K compatibilities in the consumer market as well. GoPro can be a good performer in this context.

8K is also creating a significant impact on the television industry as well. Of course, the 4K television sets are yet to take a firm root as things stand as of now. But, we have good news for you – several manufacturers have been coming up with the models that support the 8K features. Some of the manufacturers who have been involved in the design and development of 8K television sets include Samsung, LG, Sony, and Sharp to name just a few.

We would expect a few good announcements being made at the CES 2019. LG is one of the forerunners in this sphere.

They are introducing their first 88 inches OLED TV with 8K features at the CES 2019. With several movies and shows explicitly being created for the 8K resolution, we would expect a wide range of devices coming up to cater to the content.

Best 8K Cameras you can check out in 2019

Well, the 8K cameras have not yet become mainstream as they were expected to. The technology began gaining momentum in 2017. The game changer was perhaps the success of the RED Weapon 8K camera. However, a host of manufacturers have dabbled in the realm of 8K cameras and have been able to bring us a few successful models.

Though we are discussing the 8K cameras you can find in 2019, most of them were first introduced in a couple of years preceding it. Like we stated already, 2017 was the year that brought the world of 8K cameras to the forefront.

SHARP 8K MFT Camera

Video Source: Cinema3D

Expected Specifications:

  • Micro 4/3rd Sensor
  • 8K @ 30p (200Mbps) in H264 (HEVC), 2K @60p, 4K @ 60p
  • Capture Mode: 8 Bit 4:2:0
  • Still Shots: 33 Megapixels
  • Battery:  LP-E6 by Canon
  • HDMI 2.1, USB 3.0 connector

SHARP introduced its 8K MFT camera at the CES 2019. The camera will be available in late 2019 for the consumers. The camera is expected to be launched for $ 4000. What makes it one of the prominent launches it is considered to be the first Prosumer 8K camera so far.

Before we can move ahead to discuss the camera and its performance, it should be noted that it is still under development and views here are based on the prototypes available as of now. It comes with a minimalistic design and appearance. The camera seems to be specifically aimed at the YouTubers and vloggers and comes with a few numbers of buttons and dials.

Sharp is not ready to come clean about the exact sensor being used on the camera. They only claim that the camera employs a 33 MP 8K sensor and also point out that the sensor is manufactured in-house. You have access to a few input and output ports that should help you connect with a wide range of devices. Some of the honorable mentions will include Mini XLR port, full-size HDMI, USB-C, headphone, and a microphone jack. By the time the actual production begins, we may see a couple of additions or omissions. You have a reasonable 5.5-inch touch screen. The display is good enough in quality and provides you with precise details. It does offer you access to an excellent brightness.

It is evident that the 8K camera should have a storage option that offers you faster recording options. Sharp claims that the camera supports SDXC UHS-I U3 speed class 10 cards. Ideally, a 64 GB card should provide you access to an 8K recording of 30 minutes at a 30 fps performance. The battery on the prototype is a Canon LP-E6 battery and provides a backup of around an hour. Sharp claims that the battery system has not yet optimized.

So will it make any head through? It may be too early to reach any conclusions as of now. The camera indeed has potential. The 8K resolution may be the best thing to happen to you, but with that kind of a high resolution, everything else is likely to take a backseat. You may find the issues with dynamic range and low light performance.

Red-MONSTRO Digital Cinema Weapon 8K camera

Full Specifications:

SENSOR TYPEMONSTRO 35.4 Megapixel CMOS
Total EFFECTIVE PIXELS8192 × 4320
SENSOR SIZE (mm)40.96 mm × 21.60 mm (Diagonal: 46.31 mm)
DYNAMIC RANGE17+ stops
MAX. DATA RATESUp to 300MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (480GB & 960GB)
Up to 225 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (120GB & 240GB)
MAX. FRAME RATES60 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 × 3456)
60 fps at 7K Full Format (7168 × 3780), 75 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 × 3024)
75 fps at 6K Full Format (6144 × 3240), 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 × 2592)
96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120×2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 × 2160)
120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 × 1728)
150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 × 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 × 1296)
240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 × 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 × 864)
PLAYBACK FRAME RATES (PROJECT TIMEBASE)23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60 fps, all resolutions
REDCODE SETTINGS RANGE FROM 2:1 UP TO 22:15:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320) at 24 fps
12:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 × 4320) at 60 fps
2:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160) at 24 fps
3:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 × 2160) at 60 fps
REDCODE RAW ACQUISITION FORMATS8K Full Format (8192 × 4320), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 14:9, 8:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x
7K Full Format (7168 × 3780), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
6K Full Format (6144 × 3240), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x
5K Full Format (5120×2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
4K Full Format (4096 × 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, 1:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
3K Full Format (3072 × 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
2K Full Format (2048 × 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x
APPLE PRORESProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 30 fps
ProRes 4444 XQ and ProRes 4444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
AVID CODECSDNxHR HQX at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 30 fps
DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 30 fps
DNxHR 444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD 444 and HQX (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD HQ, SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps
CONSTRUCTIONAluminum Alloy
WEIGHT3.35 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE–20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)
RELATIVE HUMIDITY0% to 85% non-condensing
COLOR MANAGEMENTSupports 33×33×33, 32×32×32, 26×26×26, and 17×17×17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing
AUDIOIntegrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz Optional 2 additional channels with DSMC2 expander module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
REMOTE CONTROLIntegrated R.C.P. WiFi antenna
Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with DSMC2 expander module
MONITOR OUTPUTS3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with DSMC2 expander module
1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2
480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI only)
SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio
MONITOR OPTIONSDSMC2 RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC2 RED Touch 7.0″ LCD and DSMC2 RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection.
RED Touch 9.0″ LCD, RED Touch 7.0″ LCD, REDTouch 5.0″ LCD, RED PRO 7″ LCD, BOMB EVF (OLED) and BOMB EVF (LCOS) compatible with DSMC2 LCD/EVF Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
REDCINE-X PRO DELIVERY FORMATS4K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)
2K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)
1080p RGB 4:2:2, 720p 4:2:2 : QuickTime, JPEG, AVID AAF, MXF
1080p 4:2:0, 720p 4:2:0 : H.264, .MP4
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITYAdobe Premiere Pro, AVID Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vegas Pro

The camera was launched in 2017. The RED WEAPON 8K S35 is one of the prominent options among the Weapon range of cameras for RED Digital Cinema. The camera is specially created for those involved in the creative field.

The camera comes with a DSMC2™ form factor and offers a new HELIUM™ 8K S35 sensor. Helium is unique in the RED sensor technology. The sensor provides access to higher resolution in an S35 frame. Some of the features offered by the camera include data speeds up to 300 MB/s and the ability to capture 8K Full Frame motion at up to 60 fps.

The camera provides you access to flexibility and beauty. The 8K offers 17x more resolution than HD—and over 4x more than 4K. You stand to gain a compelling advanced color scheme and an excellent dynamic range. Some other features offered by the RED Weapon 8K S35 include cable-free peripherals, integrated side SSD, wireless control and much more. With those features, the RED Weapon 8K is an excellent example for the powerful and intuitive option.

The camera does come with plenty of excellent options making it a formidable prospect. The reframing capabilities offered by the camera and the unique Visual effects would provide you with excellent performance. The higher resolution will give you access to a lot of advantages when it comes to the post-production tasks.

Ikegami SHK-810

Full Specifications:

Image Sensor33 million-pixel Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
SensitivityF8
Limiting Resolution4,0001V lines horizontal resolution
Optical SystemPL Lens mount
Output Signal·        SHV Dual Green SDI Interface

·        4K 3G-SDI Level NB SQD

·        HD SMPTE 292M

Return Signal4K x 2ch or HD x 4ch
External Sync. SignalTri-Level Sync. or VBS
Extension Distance between camera Head_and_Q:U.1 km (3,281 ft)
Viewfinder·        2-inch LCD VF

·        7.4-inch OLEO VF

·        9-inch 4K LCD VF

Operating VoltageAC 100V to 240V (50Hz/60Hz)
Power Consumption·        Camera with 4K view伽der and CCU: 480VA or less

·        Camera with 2″ viewfinder and CCU: 420VA or less

Operating Temperature·Camera Head : -10 ゜ C to+45 ゜ C (14° F to 113° ·CCU F) : 0 ゜ C to+45 ゜ C (32° F to 113° F) * Storage Temperature : -30 ゜ C to +60 ゜ C (-22° F to 140゜ F)
WeightCamera Head: approx. 8.5kg (18.741b)

CCU: approx. 29kg (63.931b)

DimensionsCamera Head: W168 x H228 x D395.3 mm (W6.61 x H8.98 x D15.56 inch)

CCU: W482 x H222 x D478 mm (W18.98 x H8.74 x D18.82 inch)

The Ikegami SHK 810 should be the first handheld camera with the 8K compatibilities. Do note that the camera is specially designed for use with Television broadcasts. The camera is developed in conjunction with NHK, Japan’s Broadcasting Corporation.

The camera provides you access to a 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor. It can produce 4,000 TVL horizontal and vertical resolution. The camera comes with a system expander that lets you make use of larger viewfinders and full studio lenses. This can go a long way in making use of the portable camera as a full studio camera. The camera also comes with a PL lens mount that will allow you to use several options like 8K lenses, cine lenses, 4K lenses, and custom-designed zoom lenses.

Red WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV

SENSOR TYPEMONSTRO 35.4 Megapixel CMOSHELIUM 35.4 Megapixel CMOS*GEMINI 15.4 Megapixel Dual Sensitivity CMOS
EFFECTIVE PIXELS8192 × 43208192 × 43205120 × 3000
SENSOR SIZE40.96 mm x 21.60 mm (Diagonal: 46.31 mm)29.90 mm x 15.77 mm (Diagonal: 33.80 mm)30.72 mm x 18.0 mm (Diagonal: 35.61 mm)
DYNAMIC RANGE17+ stops16.5+ stops16.5+ stops
MAX FRAME RATES160 fps at 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)

60 fps at 7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 75 fps at 7K 2.4:1 (7168 x 3024)

75 fps at 6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 100 fps at 6K 2.4:1 (6144 x 2592)

96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)

120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)

150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)

240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)

75 fps at 5K Full Height 1.7:1 (5120 x 3000)

96 fps at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 120 fps at 5K 2.4:1 (5120 x 2160)

120 fps at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 150 fps at 4K 2.4:1 (4096 x 1728)

150 fps at 3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 200 fps at 3K 2.4:1 (3072 x 1296)

240 fps at 2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 300 fps at 2K 2.4:1 (2048 x 864)

MAX DATA RATESUp to 300 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (480GB & 960GB)
Up to 225 MB/s using RED MINI-MAG (120GB & 240GB)
PLAYBACK FRAME RATES
(PROJECT TIMEBASE)
23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 47.95, 48, 50, 59.94, 60 fps, all resolutions
REDCODE SETTINGS
RANGE FROM 2:1 UP TO 22:11
5:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320) at 24 fps

12:1 REDCODE for 8K Full Format (8192 x 4320) at 60 fps

2:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) at 24 fps

3:1 REDCODE for 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) at 60 fps

3:1 REDCODE at 5K Full Height (5120 x 3000) and 24 fps

6:1 REDCODE at 5K Full Height (5120 x 3000) and 60 fps

2:1 REDCODE at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700) and 24 fps

8:1 REDCODE at 5K Full Format (5120 x 2700) and 96 fps

2:1 REDCODE at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) and 24 fps

6:1 REDCODE at 4K Full Format (4096 x 2160) and 120 fps

REDCODE RAW
ACQUISITION FORMATS2
8K Full Format (8192 x 4320), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 14:9, 8:9, 3:2, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x

7K Full Format (7168 x 3780), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

6K Full Format (6144 x 3240), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x, 1.25x

5K Full Format (5120 x 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

4K Full Format (4096 x 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 8:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, 1:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

3K Full Format (3072 x 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

2K Full Format (2048 x 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

5K Full Height 1.7:1 (5120 × 3000), 5K Full Height 6:5 (3600 × 3000), and Ana 2x, 1.3x

5K Full Format (5120 × 2700), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

4K Full Format (4096 × 2160), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

3K Full Format (3072 × 1620), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

2K Full Format (2048 × 1080), 2:1, 2.4:1, 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 6:5, 4:1, 8:1, and Ana 2x, 1.3x

APPLE PRORESProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 4K (4096 × 2160) up to 30 fps
ProRes 4444 XQ and ProRes 4444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 LT at 2K (2048 × 1080) up to 120 fps
AVID CODECS3DNxHR HQX at 4K (4096 × 2160) 12-bit up to 30 fps
DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB at 4K (4096 × 2160) 8-bit up to 30 fps
DNxHR 444 at 2K (2048 × 1080) 12-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD 444 and HQX (1920 × 1080) 10-bit up to 120 fps
DNxHD HQ, SQ and LB (1920 × 1080) 8-bit up to 120 fps
CONSTRUCTIONAluminum Alloy
WEIGHT3.35 lbs (BRAIN with Integrated Media Bay)
OPERATING TEMPERATURE0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
STORAGE TEMPERATURE–20°C to 50°C (–4°F to 122°F)
RELATIVE HUMIDITY0% to 85% non-condensing
COLOR MANAGEMENTSupports 33×33×33, 32×32×32, 26×26×26, and 17×17×17 3D LUTs
Variable number of 3D LUT outputs with DSMC2 expander module
User programmable shaper 1D LUTs
Tetrahedral interpolation, 16-bit processing
AUDIOIntegrated dual channel digital stereo microphones, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
Optional 2 additional channels with DSMC2 expander module, uncompressed, 24-bit 48 kHz
REMOTE CONTROLIntegrated R.C.P. WiFi antenna
Ethernet, RS232, and GPI Trigger with DSMC2 expander module
MONITOR OUTPUTS3G-SDI (HD-SDI) and HDMI with DSMC2 expander module
1080p RGB or 4:2:2, 720p RGB or 4:2:2
480p RGB or 4:2:2 (HDMI only)
SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48 kHz Audio
MONITOR OPTIONSDSMC2 RED Touch 4.7″ LCD, DSMC2 RED Touch 7.0″ LCD and DSMC2 RED EVF (OLED) with cable-free connection.
RED Touch 9.0″ LCD, RED Touch 7.0″ LCD, RED Touch 5.0″ LCD, RED PRO 7″ LCD, BOMB EVF (OLED) and BOMB EVF (LCOS) compatible with DSMC2 LCD/EVF Adaptor A and LCD/EVF cable.
REDCINE-X PRO
DELIVERY FORMATS
4K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)
2K: DPX, TIFF, OpenEXR (.RED via RRencode plugin)
1080p RGB 4:2:2, 720p 4:2:2 : QuickTime, JPEG, AVID AAF, MXF
1080p 4:2:0, 720p 4:2:0 : H.264, .MP4
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
COMPATIBILITY4
Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID Media Composer,
DaVinci Resolve, Edius Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vegas Pro

A successor to the Weapon 8K we just discussed above, the RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV is another capable 8K monster worthy of its name. The camera comes with a full-frame sensor with 17+ stops of dynamic range.

The camera comes with a 35.4MP 40.96mm x 21.60mm sensor. It can record 8K videos at 60 fps. The camera is designed to provide you access to Monstro 8K VV sensor which is set replaces its current DRAGON 8K VV sensor. It gives you access to outstanding color accuracy. The camera does offer you access multiple resolution options like Redcode RAW and either Avid DNxHD/HR or Apple ProRes.

Offering you access to an incredible faster data speeds of up to 300 MB/s, the RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV comes with the DSMC2 form factor. Besides, the camera does offer you access to RED’s enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2). The new technology available in the form of firmware update will provide you access to smoother highlight roll-off, better management of challenging colors, an improved demosaicing algorithm to name just a few.

Panavision Millenium 8K DXL

Technical Specifications:

Sensor Type:
16-bit, 35.4 Megapixel CMOS – DXL2
16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS – DXL
Resolution : 8192 x 4320
Sensor Size : Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)
Dynamic Range: 16 Stops – DXL2, 15 Stops – DXL
Max Frame Rate: 60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320),75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)
For recording it uses the Codec8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx) Recording MediaSSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine) File Type.R3D (supported in RED SDK) Color ProfileLight Iron Color 2 (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves). The weight of the unit is about 10 lbs.

The camera is manufactured in collaboration between Panavision, RED and Light Iron. It is an excellent option among the motion picture cameras. The camera comes with a whopping 8K capabilities and 15 stops of dynamic range. You also have access to the WiFi Ambient ACN time-code transmitter-receiver, color management function and a turnkey digital file handling management system.

The camera also offers you access to the RED 16-bit 35.5 megapixel CMOS sensor. You have access to a resolution to  8192 x 4320 pixels. While it can record 8K RAW, you will also find that it can record a 4K file as well. You can shoot 8K videos in 60 fps or 75 fps. The 8K camera also comes with six independent video outputs.

Canon Cinema EOS System S35MM 8K Camera

Canon has also decided to enter the 8K camera bandwagon. Camera enthusiasts around the world have been considering it to be one of the prominent choices among the line-up of cameras that they have been offering.

You have access to the 35mm CMOS sensor and 8192 × 4320 pixel resolution. It can shoot the video at 60 fps. You also have access to a 13+ stops dynamic range and wide color gamut. The pixel density of more than 300 pixels per inch should help you produce quite ultra-realistic images. The EF Mount is a welcome option that assists you in making the camera compatible with a wide range of Canon EF lenses.

Some other likely announcements in 8K Camera

Well, Sony has been a clear leader when it comes to cameras, and it is expected to jump into the bandwagon quite soon. It is expected to launch an 8K camera before the 2020 Olympics. They will also be launching a host of 8K devices that include a laser projector, televisions, and post-processing platform.

It has also been rumored that Panasonic has been into the development of mirrorless 8K cameras quite soon. The Panasonic France manager has gone on record that the new Panasonic 8K M4/3 will quickly be launched. Panasonic has already been into the development of an 8K sensor. Even Olympus has come up with the 8K mirrorless camera in the future.

However, there is no trustworthy information available as of now about the launches. We will update the post as soon as that happens.

The Concluding Thoughts

That was all about the next revolution that would happen in the 8K realm. Of course, most of the development is happening in the broadcast and creative sector and a host of the 8K cameras being launched available belong to the professional category. Of course, Sharp has decided to troll the untrodden path towards providing a prosumer 8K camera.

We will wait until the camera is launched later in 2019. However, from the information available through the prototypes as of now, the camera indeed looks promising in every standard. And all the other cameras we have discussed here also stand proof of the impending revolution. So, let us brace yourself to the revolution and be ready for it.

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