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NHK shrinks its 8K camera to camcorder size
  • May 11th 2012 5:04AM

    We may still be years away from watching the sweet, sweet 33MP resolution video promised by Super Hi-Vision in our own homes, but over in Japan, NHK engineers are slowly working out the various kinks keeping it from us. Their latest development is this camera seen above on the left, capable of recording 8K in a camera head that is smaller and lighter than the previous unit (the new one weighs 4kg, about 1/5th the weight) shown on the right, and is more comparable to the size of a standard HDTV camera. According to the NHK the savings were achieved by developing a new single plate color imaging mechanism and eliminating the need for a prism to separate the colors beforehand, so it's small enough to be used with standard SLR camera lenses. Sure, it's not quite ready to go on your next vacation, but if you're in Japan you can get a peek at it (and that 145-inch 8K Panasonic plasma) at the broadcaster's open house later this month.


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  • As nice as 4k or 8k may be, not many people will be able to tell the difference from a 2k movie.

    But what practically everybody can see is the difference that a higher frame rate makes when there is some motion in the picture. (Today I shot a private Badminton tournament in 60p, and just for comparison a few shots in 24p, and 60p just looks so much better, despite of the lower resolution the GH2 can do in 60p.)

    So I hope companies won't be fixated on increasing resolution, but will pave the way for 48p, 60p, 120p movies, first.

    (Hey Panasonic, don't dare to announce a GH3 without 1080p60 capability! :-)

  • Panasonic teams up with NHK on 145-inch 8K Super Hi-Vision plasma TV (Update: video) example of the kind of displays we can expect to see once broadcasts jump to the higher resolution some day. The world's first self-illuminating Super Hi-Vision TV, it features every pixel of its expected 8K resolution -- 7,680 x 4,320. After working for months on smaller (only 85- or 103-inch) 4K plasmas, the two companies had to come up with an entirely new drive method for the display that works by scanning the pixels vertically to achieve a uniform picture quality.


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