November 26, 2018

Camera Rumors: Sony to Announce New Full Frame 8K Sensor

Sony Sensor Rumor
Reports of two new full frame sensors from Sony which includes 8K recording at 60fps…

Fresh off camera rumors reported earlier this morning of a new “high resolution Canon EOS R” (which you can read more about here), rumors of even more impressive new sensors by Sony have also started to break. First reported by Sony Alpha Rumors these new sensors are coming from a “100% correct” source and that not one, but two new full frame sensors will be announced by Sony shortly.

But what does 8K video actually mean for filmmakers? Here's a more in-depth write up exploring this exciting news here!

New Full Frame Sony Sensor

Sony Rumor Specs

While the majority of the coverage for these new sensors will the 16-bit recording capabilities, this is also big news for film and video professionals. But obviously more so for the allure of 8K recording. Here are the reported full stats for each of the new sensors.

Sensor 1:

60MP

16 channels

4.6FPS@16bit

12FPS@14bit

8k30P@12bit

8K60p@10bit

4k60p@12bit

FHD300P@10bit

Sensor 2:

36MP

10FPS@16bit

60FPS@10bit

on-chip PDAF

What This Means for Filmmakers

Regardless of when these rumors can be confirmed and eventually announced by Sony, this is big news for filmmakers and the digital video industry. As we’ve reported on before here on No Film School, 8K is rumored to be coming to the next Canon C300 and has already been shot in space, but it could mean that 2019’s digital camera landscape will be shaped by this next high resolution tier.

Stay tuned as we’ll have more updates, and eventually a more in-depth look at these new sensors, and what they could mean for the next line of Sony video cameras in 2019.     

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I'd much prefer a better codec, less rolling shutter, and more color depth than 8K.

November 26, 2018 at 8:54PM

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8K...for who? 99.9% of computers can’t handle that much data and there are only a handful of $$$ displays that can show 8K.

This isn’t a worthwhile development.

November 26, 2018 at 9:29PM

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BD
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I haven't got 8K eyes.

November 28, 2018 at 5:58AM

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Julian Richards
Film Warlord
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I'd much prefer skin tones that didn't make people look like corpses.

November 26, 2018 at 10:10PM

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Joseph Arant
Writer
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I am sorry but that’s ridiculous thing to say. Anyone who puts out footage that looks like you say needs to learn how to do basic colour grading.

December 29, 2018 at 1:45PM

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Philip Bloom
Filmmaker
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To be fair Sony does take much more time in post to get the skin tones to look good. Almost excessively so depending on lighting CRI with the A7sii cause of its 8bit color. Most of the time I find myself focusing on more correcting then creative coloring.

Tho I’ve been hearing wonderful things about the Sony Venice, and I’m hoping that Sony truly has taken the feedback (as they seem to listen and care about their consumers) and has developed a new color science for the cameras to come.

December 29, 2018 at 6:47PM

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They’re OD’ing now.

November 27, 2018 at 12:06AM

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Freddy Long
Writer-Director
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I am wondering who is asking for this? I would think that color science, bit-depth, auto-focus, frame-rate, and rolling shutter, are the areas they should prioritize before considering 8k.

I'm sure we'll benefit from the processing power in the camera for 4K and 1080 (think 320fps 1080p/120 4K) if it's 8K capable. I just don't see myself using the 8k personally. The post work-flow and data hoarding of 4K is plenty for me now and in the near future.

November 27, 2018 at 1:54AM

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J.M. Anderson
Director of Photography
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Besides impressive on paper specs, Sony colors and codecs one of the worst on the market

November 27, 2018 at 3:50AM

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Aram Khachaturyan
Director of Photography, Photographer, Colorist
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Besides Venice (F65 etc) of course.

November 28, 2018 at 7:13PM

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Chris Niswonger
Director / DP
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Utter hyperbole.

December 29, 2018 at 1:44PM

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Philip Bloom
Filmmaker
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And the beat goes on and on and on!

November 27, 2018 at 6:03AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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On the A7iii there was great improvement in color science, especially in HLG mode. So yes 10 bit is better then 8k, 4k 120fps is better then 8k too. But wouldn't mind having that extra resolution for interviews, it's almost like having three cameras in one. Plus you can always edit offline with proxies if you can't handle it...

November 27, 2018 at 8:41AM, Edited November 27, 8:49AM

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I would prefer a flip screen, no rolling shutter, a better codec, for me 1080p is all I need....

December 29, 2018 at 3:39PM

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Nelson Reyes
Youtuber
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People said 4k wasn't needed and now it's becoming a standard. An 8K sensor definitely is needed right now for 360 VR videos.

December 30, 2018 at 5:44PM

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Batutta
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