Well, it seems that Sony isn’t the only one with a global shutter CMOS announcement of late. According to a press release, Panasonic has also just announced a new global shutter CMOS sensor. This one, though, is capable of shooting up to 60 frames per second at 8K (36MP) resolution. Unlike Sony, which utilises a rear illuminated design with parallel DA converter, Panasonic’s uses an organic photoconductive film (OPF) to allow simultaneous readout of all the pixels on each frame.
It feels like only yesterday that the world was being convinced that 4K is the future. Now, at a rapid pace, we’re already being pushed toward 8K. I’m not complaining. The higher resolution the cameras & capture devices get, the more options we get in post – even if the final content is being created for 1080p or 4K display.
Sharp recently announced its new 8K broadcast camera a few days ago, and now Blackmagic have come along with their new DeckLink 8K Pro. A capture card that’ll work with SD, HD, UHD, 4K and 8K 12Bit RGB 4:4:4 signals. It can also handle 64 audio channels and stereoscopic 3D. And it does it in real time.
Just when you thought we’d settled on 4K, along comes 8K. Sharp have announced their new 8C-B60A (catchy name) 8K Professional Camcorder, and it will set you back $77,000 if you want one. While RED and Sony have both also released 8K cameras, this seems geared more toward broadcasters rather than cinema. It does sound like quite an impressive camera, though.
It captures 10Bit 8K footage (approx 33MP) at 60fps with a Super 35mm sensor (basically 1.5x crop APS-C). It comes with a custom 2TB SSD pack onto which you can fit a mere 40 minutes of footage. It features a PL mount, and uses Grass Valley’s HQX codec which reduces file sizes and requires minimal processing to ease storage, transmission and editing.
Call me a cynic if you like, but this seems a bit cheeky to me. Google announced in May that users will be soon able to create their own Street View imagery. A new range of 360° cameras and tools would be released with “Street View ready” certification. They are are split into four categories. Mobile, auto (vehicles), VR, and workflow. Now, the first 360° “auto” camera has been approved and announced.
That camera, is the $3,500 Insta360 Pro 8K camera. A $3,500 camera that Google expects you to buy and then drive around with to fill gaps in Street View. Have to be honest, if I’m spending that much money on a camera, the last thing I’m going to be doing is spending yet more money on fuel, not to mention time and processing power, and upload that footage for free.
This is, by far, one of the most entertaining unboxing videos I’ve seen in a long time. I’ve been a fan of Linus Tech Tips for a good while now. I’ve seen them grow from a channel of less than 100,000 followers to almost 4 million today. I’ve also seen the equipment they use change and evolve over that time. The new cameras and lenses, and the computers to handle it all.
Recently, they installed a 1 Petabyte upgrade to their server room. This is to handle all of the footage coming from their new 8K RED Weapon cameras. Now we get to see exactly what that camera order includes. The total cost for two cameras and associated accessories comes in at around $138,000, and less than $100,000 of that was on the cameras themselves.
As technology is advancing, our notion of what’s “standard” changes. The resolution used to be measured in lines, and today 4K is rapidly becoming a standard. But according to Matt Granger, 8K is to replace it in the near future. In this video, he explains why it’s important to embrace 8K as soon as you can, even though it’s still quite challenging. He gives the typical reasons against it but tries to beat them with his reasoning why you should be ahead of the curve and start investing in 8K.
It seems that Microsoft aren’t the only ones who’ve been working on a control dial you can use on a display. At CES2017, Dell introduced what it claims is the “world’s first horizontal smart workspace”. It’s called the Dell Canvas, and it’s a 27″ 2560×1440 resolution touch sensitive display.
Dell also announced a new 32″ 8K desktop monitor capable of displaying 1.07 billion colours. It has 100% coverage of both the AdobeRGB and sRGB colour gamuts, but it’s not cheap. Known as the UP3218K, it has a resolution of 7680×4320 (280ppi pixel density), and costs an impressive $4,999.
Minnesota has some of the most amazing landscape. Easily as beautiful as anything else the USA has to offer. Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota encompasses more than 340 square miles. It’s a watery wonderland accessible almost exclusively by boat.
In this timelapse from More Than Just Parks, we get taken on a tour of Voyageurs exploring the land, pristine lakes, and an incredible display of the northern lights. The film was shot on a mix of Sony A7R II, Canon 5D Mark III and Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K cameras.
The megapixel race seems to have shifted from photography towards video the last couple of years. As stills camera resolutions are approaching levels that very few will ever actually need, video is the next logical step. 4K has already usurped 1080p for most new cameras coming out today, and 4K TV sales are seemingly on the rise. So, where next?
CMOSIS, the company that supplied sensors for the Leica M Typ 420, have announced a new VMC50000 48MP CMOS full frame image sensor. It supports shooting 8K at 30 frames per second, with a 4K pixel binning 60fps option. The press release did initially say that it was a medium format sensor, but the specs list says it’s full frame 35mm, and the press release has been updated to reflect this.
A mix of traditional timelapse and hyperlapse, this video from Vimeo user jansoli shows off New York in all its colourful glory. From the bright day light advertising, to the beautiful night lights, New York is a wonder of colour.
It’s an interesting mix of techniques. There’s even a few tricks in post to simulate flybys and shifting perspectives that weren’t possible in-camera. I’ve seen these post techniques applied before, but never with such effectiveness.