8K resolution is the highest with regard to horizontal resolution in both digital television and digital cinematography. This means that it is equivalent to two times the horizontal and vertical resolutions of 4K UHD and sixteen times the number of pixels in Full HD. This makes it possible for movie makers to capture footages from a far distance with high quality results and in high resolution. In 2015, there have been few cameras capable of 8K resolution video capturing and seen to change the art of filmmaking.
Features of cameras with 8K video formats are somewhat similar with differences in brands used as well as processors. Some are capable of shooting RAW 6K videos that can be at up to 0 frames per second. Others also have the feature of shooting 2K ProRes video..
8K Video Cameras
The first 8K video camera that is said to hold the title as the first commercially available 8K camera is the Weapon from RED, also the manufacturer of the 6K video camera model, Dragon. This 8K camera boasts of a lighter body and said to be the smaller version of the manufacturer’s other cameras known as Epic and Scarlet. There are two models of Weapon. One is made from carbon fiber while the other one with a magnesium body. This video cam will have a sensor at 40.96 x 21.6mm which can shoot 1.896:1 8K or 8192 x 4320 pixels.
Canon 8K EOS Camera
Another big player in the industry of camera manufacturing is Canon which is said to be coming up with an 8K camera. According to reports, this camera will have CMOS sensor that is similar to the Canon Super 35-mm and will also have 8192 x 4320 pixels at 60 fps. As for display, it will be at least 300 pixels per inch.
Apart from the above-mentioned, a collaboration from three video recording pros resulted to another 8K camera known as the Digital XL or DXL. This is from RED, Panavision and a subsidiary of Panavision, which is the Light Iron. The sensor used is a RED sensor that has been improved to match the range of large format lenses of Panavision. This has allowed the camera to be capable of 8K RAW video footages as well as 4K footage in ProRes. Moreover, located underneath its body is a patented Steadicam dovetail. It also has a top cheese plate for users to be able to attach a handle system. With a 16-bit 35.5 Megapixel CMOS sensor and an 8K resolution, the DXL also boasts of a sensor size of 40.96mm x 21.60mm in large format and a dynamic range of 15 stops. It also has a max frame rate of 60fps at 8K Full Frame and at 75 fps at 8K at 2.4:1. Additionally, it boasts of a color profile which is compatible with transfer curves and gamuts made possible by Light Iron Color. More importantly, it is lighter than its competitors at 10 lbs.
8K digital cameras might not be completely accepted in the main stream and can be expensive but it definitely delivers quality and crisp footages. With some Hollywood movies being filmed with high-res video cameras, this just goes to show that this is the direction technology is going.