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Sony gets ready for 8K production

Sony has thrown down the gauntlet in the race to 8K and unveiled the UHC-8300, its first camera with three 8K sensors.

Developed in partnership with Japanese public broadcaster and 8K powerhouse NHK, the UHC-8300 features three 1.25-inch sensors and aims to offer an 8K canvas to broadcasters which can also simultaneously output 4K and HD selections. Aimed at live broadcast, entertainment and high-end documentary, the camera supports HDR in both S-Log3 and HLG standards.

It can output at 60p and capture at 120p and with its three sensors offers a much greater depth of field than Sony’s single 8K sensor cinema camera, the F65.

The 8K signal is carried via SDI but the UHC-8300 supports IP connectivity through Sony’s NMI technology. The camera comes with a 1.25-inch lens mount but can also accommodate B4 mount 4K lenses with an adaptor and is compatible with accessories from Sony’s HDC camera series.

“In Japan there will be an 8K trial at the end of 2018,” said Kento Sayama of Sony Imaging. “We’re developing technology with NHK in Japan to meet that goal, but we wanted to debut the camera here at IBC. The UHC-8300 can be a premium camera for 8K or a ‘cut out’ camera for broadcasters using 4K and HD.”

Sony has also unveiled a mini-cam at the show, the RX0, and two HDR-capable camcorders, as well as showing off its new Venice cinema camera.