Sharp showcased their newest 8K (actually first in the world) micro four thirds camera NAB 2019.

Sharp corporation, a 100-year old electronics company, yet again amazed the mainstream with their latest innovation, an 8K compact camera  at NAB 2019 held in Las Vegas.  8K UHD—the next step beyond 4K UHD. With a resolution of 7,680 × 4,320 pixels for a total of 33.18 million pixels, 8K UHD gives images that are 16 times more detailed than Full HD.

Sharp 8K Video Camera: new Micro Four Thirds sensor

At the heart of the camera is a 33 megapixel Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor – which is a huge breakthrough for MFT technology, as the sensor size for the format had previously hit a ceiling of 20.4MP in stills cameras.

t will also be a true 8K sensor, not a Quad Bayer version of an existing sensor (Quad Bayer puts pixels into groups, then arranges them according to specific needs, such as producing higher resolution).

The sensor appears to be in 16:9 format – a departure from the traditional 4:3 ratio that Micro Four Thirds sensors possess, but one that makes obvious sense for a video-oriented camera.

Sharp 8K Video Camera: video specs

In terms of that recording, the camera is currently able to record 8K at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second. Sharp will also introduce 4K and 1080p at 60fps – as it stands, the camera will not be delivering 120fps due to sensor limitations.

It uses the slightly long in the tooth H.265 format, with an MP4 wrapper at 200 megabits per second, at 420 in 8-bit. Ultimately, Sharp is aiming for 422 10-bit external recording.

The prototype is at such an early stage that many aspects of the camera’s architecture are not yet present – even basics such as a menu system and a battery life indicator are absent, and the autofocus system is also pretty non-existent.

Summary

Not much else is known yet about the Sharp 8K camera, other than it bears a striking resemblance to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.