The long awaited Sharp 8K video camera is a step up from its “second half 2020” version, as it has just made its first appearance on the Sharp website.
The Sharp 8K camera was the first 8K bodywork ever seen by a manufacturer, but it seems that the Canon EOS R5 will beat it on the market. However, with Sharp’s product ready to be released later this year, it is clear that the two cameras will battle for customers’ money.
So what do we know about Sharp’s camera? The manufacturer has not yet actually put anything on paper, since up to this point the product has only appeared at fairs such as CES, where it has always been a treasure among the crowd of vlogging and videography.
The latest development has simply seen Sharp add the camera – described as “the world’s smallest interchangeable lens 8K camera” – to its page listing all its 8K products (including monitors, TVs, camcorders and hard drives).
Therefore, all that we officially know about the camera comes from what Sharp’s technical spokesman, Cliff Quiroga, revealed in the interviews. Photo Rumors has collected specific useful:
• 8k at 30 fps in the H.265 codec (Sharp works at 60 fps)
• 4K or HD up to 60p at 200 Mbits / s at 10 bit
• UI fully implemented
• Micro Four Thirds lens mount
• CMOS sensor (no sensor information other than Micro Four Thirds format)
• Mini-XLR input
• Full HDMI output
• Headphone and audio jack
• An SD memory card
• 5.5 “fully articulated HD touchscreen LCD (swivel)
• Release times: second half of 2020 for Japan, the United States shortly after
• Price less than $ 5,000 (update: price between $ 2,800 and $ 3,700)
• 1 SD card slot
• Ultra compact BMC design
• Looks like the Blackmagic pocket camera
Red may be involved with this camera (Foxconn and Sharp were thinking of investing in Red to develop an inexpensive 8K camera)
We heard last year that the Sharp 8K will feature a 33MP Micro Four Thirds sensor with a new 16: 9 aspect ratio – a completely new sensor design from Sharp, unlike any other seen in Olympus and Panasonic cameras (which they have 4: 3 sensors which maximum at 20.1MP).
Clearly the Canon EOS R5 surpasses it in many technological aspects, with a 44 MP sensor, two slots for memory cards and shots up to 120 fps. The Sharp model, however, will have an advantage in terms of size, both in terms of small footprint and for its huge 5.5-inch rear screen.
And if it did sell between $ 2,800- $ 3,700, Sharp could be set to give Canon a run for its money on the new 8K battlefield.
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