We all knew this world would one day come. But Panasonic has now given a name and possible release date to its first 8K organic sensor camera with its new Panasonic AK-SHB810. Teased earlier this year, Panasonic’s unveiling comes after years of research in conjunction with Fujiflm which dates back to 2013. The company also has additional 8K plans with more devices and systems for all levels of broadcast and video production.
Here’s everything we know about the 8K organic sensor Panasonic AK-SHB810...
Details on the Panasonic AK-SHB810
The compact box-type AK-SHB810 is reported to be lightweight, use a PL lens mount and include electrically implemented ND filters. The multi-purpose camera is set to output 8K, 4K and HD video while connected (through an optical fiber cable) to the Panasonic AK-SHU810 image processing unit. While broadcast might be the first utility in mind, the plan is for the AK-SHB810 to accommodate all types of video production needs.
Panasonic and Fujifilm’s 8K Organic Sensor
Started as a research project in 2013 in Japan, Panasonic and Fujifilm’s newly developed “OPF” (organic photoconductive film) CMOS sensor is the new future of high-speed noise cancellation technology and has opened the possibility of capturing images at 8K resolution even in high contrast and strong sunlit scenes.
Some teased specs include:
450k saturation electrons
Global shutter functions
High-speed noise cancellation technology
High saturation technology
Wide dynamic range
Electronic ND filter function
Information on Release Date and Price
A hard release date (or initial price) have not been disclosed, but it is anticipated that the Panasonic AK-SHB810 should be available sometime in late 2019.
Price is still unknown as well, but it will surely be on the high-end. However, as this Panasonic-Fujifilm organic sensor is still relatively new, the technology is worth watching as it makes it way into other camera systems and hopefully down to a more prosumer level in the next few years.
You can read the full press release (translate from Japanese) on Panasonic’s website here. But in the meantime, if you’re anxiously awaiting upgrading to an 8K workflow, here are some great articles on the benefits of 8K and some recommended capture and playback cards for your setup.