IBC 2017: Sony unveils first 8K camera system, three 8K sensors
Sony unveiled the UHC-8300, its first 8K camera system to include 1.25-inch three 8K sensors, which will be demonstrated at the Sony stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017 for the first time globally. It opens up the world of 8K with the flexibility to offer customers new capturing technology for shooting in 4K and more.
“At Sony, we’re always finding new ways to empower amazing storytelling and to help our customers meet the demand for stunning 4K capture” says Richard Scott, Head of Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The unveiling today of the 8K sensor technology offers the capability to capture for 4K production and is a leap forward in imaging technology that will give media companies such flexibility when shooting 4K productions today“.
The UHC-8300 has been designed to cover all the features necessary for premium productions including live broadcasts, entertainment and factual high end documentaries. Its 8K (7680 x 4320) 120p capturing format delivers well balanced high-resolution footage with an impressive deep depth of field and wide dynamic range, making it suitable for HDR footage for both S-Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) supporting ITU-R BT.2020 colour space.
The UHC-8300 camera system can be used not only for 8K production, but also for 4K. It’s able to generate 8K, 4K and HD signal outputs simultaneously applying different colour spaces and OETF to each signal. Simultaneous output of 8K HDR, 4K HDR and HD SDR signals is also possible. Accessories for the HDC series cameras, such as the viewfinders and the remote-control panels are also compatible with the UHC-8300.
Real time cut outs from an 8K picture to a 4K image provides flexible framing when capturing live action, facilitating creative enhancing features leading to better programme production.
The original lens mount is a 1.25-inch lens mount, but the UHC-8300 can also accommodate B4 mount 4K lenses with a lens adaptor. Media companies are able to choose applicable 4K lenses to ensure they are capturing every drop of action, particularly for live sports production which requires high power zoom lenses.
The 8K signal is transmitted via SDI, however the UHC-8300 also supports IP connectivity, ready for today’s IP-enabled live production system.
Sony developed the UHC-8300 camera system with customer input on the product specification given by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s public broadcaster.
“This camera is all about giving our customers complete choice,” concluded Richard Scott. “So they have the capability to capture and deliver content with the resolution and range that’s right for each production.”
The UHC-8300 will be ready for orders to be placed from October, 2017.