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Hitachi Kokusai introduces dockable 8K camera

New SK-UHD8060B camera will be used at Tokyo 2020

Hitachi Kokusai is introducing a new dockable 8K UHD TV camera, which will be used at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The new SK-UHD8060B camera includes a photoconductive CMOS image sensor which enables a higher saturation charge compared to silicon photodiodes.

According to the company, the camera offers greater than 400 per cent dynamic range, maximising the effectiveness of its support for the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR specification, combining it with built-in signal-to-noise management to optimise visual performance.

The SK-UHD8060B’s Super 35mm OPF CMOS sensor delivers 8K video with 7680×4320 resolution, providing 16 times the picture information of HDTV. The new camera conforms to global standards including UHD-2, the ITU-R BT.2020 color specification, ITU-R BT.2100 for High Dynamic Range, and Japan’s ARIB specifications.

The SK-UHD8060B supports PL-mount lenses and can output multiple television standards including 8K, 4K/UHD, 1080p, 1080i and 720p. The new camera head can be paired with a dockable recorder that uses a visually lossless codec.

Sean Moran, chief operating officer, Hitachi Kokusai said, “The use of a sensor with organic photoconductive thin film enables increased dynamic range not previously possible at 8K resolutions, while its compactness and configuration flexibility make it suitable not only for studio and outside broadcast applications but also for cinematography when combined with an appropriate lens and recorder.”