March 14, 2019

Canon Releases First Official Footage from 8K Cinema Camera

8K Canon Camera
A first look at the Canon 8K prototype cinema camera in action.

Whether you’re ready for it or not, 8K video recording is coming sooner than you think. Not only has it already been introduced as a prosumer model by Sharp, Sony has teased its own forthcoming 8K sensor (as well as Canon alluding to a vague 8K EOS R sometime soon as well).

And while we can debate whether 8K is really needed, or if our workflows are even ready for an 8K revolution, we can be sure that once it gets here that it will be the dominant factor which every mainstream camera manufacturer will be chasing after for the next years and generations.

Canon, it appears, is looking to lead the pack with new footage from their prototype 8K cinema camera officially released. Let’s take a look and check out the camera in question.

Canon 8K Cinema Camera Footage

Shot in 8K RAW, the “Roots of Japan” demo video showcases some stunning 8K video (the Youtube video, unfortunately, can only show 4K). You can see the prototype camera used in the photo below, which looks to be similar to Canon's current cinema camera line.

The sensor is reportedly a Super 35 sensor that records up to 8192 × 4320 pixel. It also appears that the 8K footage is captured using external recording.

Canon 8K

From the video's press release, director Ichiro Shimada spoke about using the Canon 8K cinema camera.

"Canon's 8K technology not delivers not only extremely high resolution, but also high dynamic range and rich color expression. And with the ability to record in 8K RAW, we could represent our subjects with more true-to-life visuals. Finally, thanks to the ease of scaling our existing 4K equipment to accommodate our workflow, we were able to film without any trouble. I hope our work will allow even more people to experience the beautiful scenery of Miyazaki."

There’s no additional information released yet regarding pricing, release or more in-depth stats. However we’ll keep you posted as more news drops.     

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This is cool to see some 8K video from Canon, though it's hard to see any difference since its uploaded in 1080p. The highlight rolloff is concerning to me. For this being their new flagship 8K sensor/camera I would like to see quite a bit more latitude in the image. Hopefully there is more there in the LOG image than the video is showing.

March 14, 2019 at 1:14PM

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Peter Borrud
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Yeah YouTube compression does it no favors here. Nice footage but we're not going to see the advantages of it in a YouTube file.

March 14, 2019 at 2:55PM, Edited March 14, 2:55PM

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Alex Everingham
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I agree with Peter. Well said.

March 14, 2019 at 10:06PM

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Ricky Norris
Director/Cinematographer
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Its Uploaded in 4k. So when you are using hd monitor you see no difference, In Aa 4k screen it looks better-sharper.

March 15, 2019 at 4:31AM

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Also just checked out some of your work Peter, love it!

March 15, 2019 at 9:45AM

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Ricky Norris
Director/Cinematographer
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Footage looks awful. Looks worse than iPhone footage from two years ago.

March 14, 2019 at 1:34PM

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Hmmm sounds like you just have had bad eye sight for a couple years

March 15, 2019 at 4:27PM

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Alex Alva
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We are the Japanese so obsessed with resolution? Can human eyes even resolve 8k?

March 14, 2019 at 1:52PM

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d shay
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For me it's not about the 8K per se. It's about the great 4K 60p and 120p we might see because of the 8K. It's not about the ISO 240,000 but about the cleaner ISO 3,200 that results from it as well as the DR still achievable at those higher ISO's. I welcome progress.

March 14, 2019 at 2:34PM

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Also high resolution can be very helpful for post workflows. (presents it's own challenges of course in terms of storage and processing.)

March 14, 2019 at 2:56PM

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Alex Everingham
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At SxSW I saw a 3D Large format exhibition of 8K and it was the first "wow" moment I have had in years. It looked and felt more real than real. Look at that, then try to pay 20 dollars for a single ticket to a LieMax 4K presentation. 8K isn't just to resolve the proscenium rectangle in front of you, it's to resolve all the areas around the central viewing area in rich detail. Some big action or comic book or horror movie would be so much better in a large format 8k experience. And while Imax salesmen try to tell you the human eye can't resolve above 4k, they never bring up the fact that we are scanning all the time, and every time we do, we pick up a detail we hadn't picked up an instant before. So our cumulative scanning is much higher than 4k, especially when we are looking up, down, left, and right of the center of a large format screen.

Whether we watch them in Large Format theatres or with high rez VR glasses ten years from now, 8k and beyond is the future of event cinema. As well it should be. We pay a fortune for movie tickets. Hollywood spends 350 million dollars on each blockbuster movie (before prints and advertising). Why not spend a tiny percentage of that more for a truly epic viewing experience?

March 17, 2019 at 10:54AM

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J Robbins
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And we're still all watching it in 1080 for the most part, if its cable, or 480p or 720p on a phone. There's a few people watching in 4k on Netflix, but it'll be a while before 4k becomes a standard across platforms. Ask most people and they can't tell the difference between 1080 and 4k at a certain distance anyway. No one is watching TV from 6-8 ft away unless their living room is a closet, which in Japan isn't much of a stretch=) Over 10-12 ft and you're really pushing it to see significant differences, unless you've got 2 TVs to compare, which no one does. The reality of reality, overrides specs on paper.

For post, 8k is to 4k as 4k is to HD, so you've got that. Although if you're re-framing that many shots where you can't live without 8k, I don't think you planned very well from a story boarding perspective.

March 14, 2019 at 5:33PM

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Josh.R
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Every beat picture and best cinematography nominee was shot in Arri Alexa 2.8k raw and finished to 2k. Camera manufacturers have totally lost their mind.

March 14, 2019 at 7:36PM

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Best picture nominated pictures make up a tiny fraction of the pie when considering what and how much content people watch. Come on...

March 15, 2019 at 8:55PM

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Luke Neumann
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If not a single best cinematography oscar nomination goes to a 4k camera... That tells me 2.8k finished to 2k is more than enough for indie films and TV, let alone the internet.

Yeah, I know Netflix requires 4k, but that's just marketing on their part.

March 16, 2019 at 6:38PM, Edited March 16, 6:39PM

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i just watched in 4k 60p on my 40" 4k monitor. I can see a clear difference between native 4k and 8k downscaled to 4k on certain shots. (not all shots) but some shots in this video, mostly the first shot with the sun / mountains. Were some of the most detailed images I have ever seen on a youtube video. 8k is definitely the next wave. It looked as detailed as a .Raw format photo, just moving.

March 14, 2019 at 8:46PM, Edited March 14, 8:49PM

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I have seen 4K uncompressed RAW footage shot at 16-bits per colour channel (i.e. 48-bit colour) and I can DEFINITELY tell the difference between 4k and 2K when such videos are shown on Studio Reference Monitors (i.e. Sony or Canon DCI 4K OLED HDR reference master displays at about $32,000 US per monitor!)

With YOUTUBE, the problem is with their compression AND your home/work network lines. I did notice when I downloaded the entire video to my PC and then played it back from local hard drives, it looked MUCH BETTER than when I played it back an online video stream!

The youtube compressed video TENDS to throw away so much data (i.e. encoded at 8-bit YCbCr-420 or YCbCr422) that i'm just not impressed when I compare it
to even 2K footage shot uncompressed 4:4:4 16 bits per channel raw!

Until Youtube comes up with something different, we have to wait until Canon puts the video up on VIMEO for local download at full 4K/8K 10-bits per channel 4:4:4 encoding to TRULY make a valid comparison. I CAN HOWEVER, even at this point, note a significant difference in blue-sky banding issues which are thankfully NOT PRESENT in this video compared to many videos I've seen from Canon!

This makes me hopeful that Canon has seen fit to make SIGNIFICANT improvements to basic camera encoding parameters on this 8K camera which look like they boost details (i.e. sharpness) quite nicely. This will be an interesting NAB 2019 to goto when they hopefully introduce this version of the Camera as an upgraded Canon C300 Mk3!

We shall see soon enough!

I am currently QUITE IMPRESSED so far in terms of sharpness and overall object details and textures!
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March 14, 2019 at 9:43PM, Edited March 14, 9:44PM

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Henry A. Eckstein
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Looking at 8k footage is equivalent to telling me about 8k footage. There's more excitement about dynamic range, low light performance & color reproduction but that's just me. High resolution is still cool tho.

March 15, 2019 at 5:07AM

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Dantly Wyatt
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I want to see 8k in context. No one cares what the image looks like when you shoot it. How does it render after uploading to the internet. That is ultimately what matters.

March 15, 2019 at 9:52AM

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Walter Wallace
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Really curious about why 4x Convergent Design 7Q/7Q+ and then 1x Shogun Inferno were used...

March 15, 2019 at 11:43AM

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George Mihaly
Director at storyfirm.com
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My guess: The Odysseys can record a quarter each (4K) of the 8K stream and downsample to HD on an SDI output. Each of the four HD streams is then fed to the Shogun for a stitched full image. Why they wouldn't use 5 Odysseys I'm not sure, maybe because the Shogun is cheaper ;-)

March 18, 2019 at 1:11PM

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8K really? great.... how about a nice 4k with god codecs on a 5D mirrorless?

March 15, 2019 at 8:07PM

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