Have Sharp ever made a professional level camcorder before? I remember a few CCTV type cameras and a mix of dodgy VHS-C models in the late 1900’s… but then suddenly last week, they take us all by surprise by announcing a huge 8K camera with a very impressive spec. What isn’t impressive is the name… the 8C-B60A – I thought most manufactures were realising that Directors need to ask for something sexy like a ‘Red Weapon’, ‘Alexa’ or even the ‘Venice’ before persuading you to drive miles just to pick it up?
Anyway, what is clear is that Sharp are obviously trying to leapfrog over the opposition by offering a usable 8K solution before we’ve barely got used to 4K. It uses a Super35 sized CMOS sensor giving 7680 x 4320 at 60P and 4:2:2 10-bit. Luckily, they are also including the ability to record all of this data onto 2TB SSD cards, which might help to keep things a little more affordable. We can’t wait to see how our little laptops handle 4 channels of live 8K, but the Grass Valley HQX Codec is said to be easy on the CPU’s?
With PL mount, BT.2020 colour gamut and live uncompressed 8K outputs though quad-Link 12G-SDI I’m not sure if this is aimed at the film world or Live broadcasts? Either way, it looks like it can do both at once!
The cost in Yen worked out to about £60,000 for the body only, so you’ll still need to buy a (very good) viewfinder, microphone and probably a new Mac Pro just to join the 8K party.
We can’t wait to see the pictures from this one though….