Kinefinity’s a relative unknown in a world with big names such as RED and Arri. They’ve not been around for long (only 8 years), but they sure are good at making big splashes, and this one’s a bit of a doozy. They’ve just announced the Kinefinity MAVO Edge camera which shoots 8K video on a full-frame sensor at up to 75 frames per second with internal ProRes recording.
A video accidentally posted to YouTube by SunStudiosAustralia, who seemingly have managed to get their hands on the new Canon EOS R5, has revealed a few more details about the upcoming camera. The video was spotted by the folks at Canon Watch before being quickly taken down – although not before screenshots were made.
The screenshots show that the EOS R5 will feature zebra stripes, an almost essential tool for filmmakers that’s becoming more popular with photographers, too. It will also feature “View Assist”, allowing you to shoot flat LOG footage but preview graded footage. And apparently it can “process 8K video into higher-quality 4K video (up to 120fps)” – which would be a neat trick.
Canon has today issued a press release confirming that the upcoming Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera will indeed shoot 8K internal RAW video up to 29.97fps. It’ll also shoot 4K video at up to 120fps internally, and 4K 60fps externally. Additionally, Canon also confirms that there will be no crop factor when shooting 4K video, either.
We haven’t heard much about Sharp’s 8K camera for a while. It was first shown off at CES 2019, a whole year ago, and it’s been pretty much radio silence ever since. At least, until CES 2020 last week where they had one on display, and a few updates to talk about – including a price point $1,000 lower than they said last year.
It looks like the race is on. After Xiaomi’s code was torn apart recently, suggesting that they’re working on a phone capable of shooting 8K 30fps video, it looks like Samsung’s S11 may be capable of the same. The team at XDA Developers, the same team that delved into the Xiaomi, has found hints that the S11 will bring 8K video after looking at the latest Samsung Camera App (presumably one that fixes this problem, too).
They do stress that just because evidence may exist in an Android Package (APK) file does not mean that it will necessarily come, as these features are currently unimplemented and may be pulled at any point in the future. But that it’s appeared now in two major competing manufacturers smartphones does seem to suggest that it’s on the way at some point.
So, there’s still no news from Sony about the mythical A7S III, but they are working on 8K sensors for smaller cameras. In this case, though, it’s not full-frame, or even APS-C, but Micro Four Thirds. They have just released the spec sheet for a new IMX492 47-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor that offers 17:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. And it offers them in 8K resolution at up to 30 frames per second.
We’re only just starting to see 8K cinema cameras come down to more reasonable prices, and they’re still way beyond the needs of 99% of video shooters out there. But don’t let that deter you. According to the team at XDA Developers who’ve been looking at the source code for Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 11 source code, Xiaomi’s working on getting 8K into a smartphone.
We first mentioned the Pilot Era last month after we spotted it at NAB 2019 in Las Vegas. It’s a 360° camera with some serious muscle. It shoots 8K footage through four f/2.2 aspherical fisheye lenses onto four 12-megapixel Sony CMOS sensors. It’s Android-powered, has in-camera stitching all the way up to 8K and half a terabyte of built-in storage.
Now, their Indiegogo campaign has gone live, with prices starting at $1,999 (the $1,799 super early birds are already all gone). Unlike many IGG campaigns, though, the first production run has already happened and they will be shipping next month.
Five years ago, filmmaker and YouTuber, Brannigan Carter posted a video called “You don’t NEED 4K“. And five years ago he was probably right. It was only just starting to come out, the cameras were still ridiculously expensive to acquire, as was the kit to play it back. Unless you were a big Hollywood production company, there just wasn’t all that much point.
But here we are today in 2019. Just about every new camera coming out has 4K video. And 8K is on the way. And now Brannigan is back with a follow-up video saying that we still don’t need 4K, and that 8K is “crazy talk”. Let’s talk a little about that.