January 9, 2019
CES 2019

The Sharp 8K: Introducing the First 8K Prosumer Video Camera

Sharp 8K Camera
Sharp has unveiled a prototype for a new micro four thirds 8K video camera for under $5,000…

Welp, that sure escalated quickly. Fresh from the floors of CES 2019, there sits a live prototype of a Sharp 8K video camera which seems to officially signal the beginning of a new 8K prosumer arms race…

We’ve known 8K was coming for sometime, with camera rumors swirling with news of a Sony 8K full frame sensor and Panasonic dropping reported specs on a high-end 8K experimental “organic” sensor. Even today Canon - not one to be left in the dust again - has even teased a new 8K version of their mirrorless EOS R.

However, this looks to be the closest working prototype to a small, handheld, prosumer level 8K video camera. Here’s the first up-close look and the few rumored specs below.

The Sharp 8K Camera

As mentioned in the video, everything at this point is unconfirmed. But promises of an official unveiling at NAB 2019 are not long round the corner.

  • 8K Resolution (7680 × 4320)

  • 8K at least 30fps (possibly 60fps)

  • H.265 Compression

  • UHS-II SD Cards

  • Micro Four Thirds Sensor

  • 5” Flip Out Screen

  • Full-Size HDMI

  • USB-C

  • Mini XLR Port

And now for the kicker. Sharp is teasing a reported price of under $5,000.

And while this price, if it stands true would would make it a much more viable option than the high-end 8K cinema cameras currently on the market, it also would balloon against the tightly refined full frame 4K market which is hovering around the $2,000 price point or below.

Needless to say, along with all the other 8K news and rumors flying around CES and into NAB 2019, we’ll keep an eye out for news on how this new Sharp 8K camera develops.     

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Did they write 8K on it with a marker?

January 9, 2019 at 8:56PM

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Andy
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wow.... It’s an awesome piece of writing in favor of all the photographer people and very interesting info for 8k video camera ..I Think ghd sports live streaming videos also shoot by using this relative camera's..

January 9, 2019 at 11:31PM

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For those of you just tuning in: resolution and quality are not the same thing.

January 10, 2019 at 10:18AM

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BD
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H265 ... 5k....lol .... people who might want to play with this will walk away at 5k and just continue to use their iPhones

January 10, 2019 at 4:54PM

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Of all the features you could put into a video camera someone thinks 8k is it! The developers obviously spend too much time on this site! I think dynamic range, bit rate and codec would be first on my list followed by high frame rates. Then what about the form factor. Why design a video camera that looks like a cheep point and shoot from 1985. When Fidel Castro said "Up the resolution" he didn't know what he was starting!

January 11, 2019 at 12:50PM

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Clive Rose
Photographer
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Now I am going to have to UPRES my superior Fs100 videos to 8K and pretend I have an 8k Camera that looks superior to whatever comes out of this thing.

January 11, 2019 at 1:10PM, Edited January 11, 1:11PM

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Dave Reid
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2005: "Who needs 720p? No one can see the difference between SD and HD." 2009: "Who needs 1080p?" 2014: "What idiot would ever shoot in 4K?"

January 11, 2019 at 1:53PM

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J Robbins
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Gonna get some beautiful footage with that $150 lens too!

January 11, 2019 at 2:43PM

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Too early to make a judgement but this going the opposite direction of GH5s and pocket4k so I imagine tiny pixels topping out at 400 iso but this is a photographer’s dream. Along with the great lenses and adaptability with mft, I’m looking forward to giving it a spin

January 11, 2019 at 11:04PM, Edited January 11, 11:04PM

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Aaron Harper
Rental House Manager
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