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Sharp shows off new prototype 8K MFT camera at CES 2019

By Marcus Wong - on 11 Jan 2019, 11:39am

Sharp shows off new prototype 8K MFT camera at CES 2019

Better known in recent years for their TVs and displays, Sharp has been found showing off a prototype of an 8K prosumer camera at CES 2019. Apparently, it’s intended for prosumers and Sharp is looking to bring it to market for around US$5,000. Digital Trends reports that the camera uses a Shark 8K CMOS sensor, and has a Micro Four Thirds mount. Sharp has said it’s working to include image stabilization, and that the camera can do 8K at 30 fps, but could possible reach 8K 60fps.

The 10-bit camera uses the H.265 codec and has an SD Card slot, along with HDMI and USB Type-C connections, along with headphone, microphone, and mini XLR ports. It also has a 5” flip-out screen, though Sharp won't confirm if it will have touch. The unit on display at CES was a non-working sample, but there appears to be a selection of function buttons across the body, quite like the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema camera 4K.

As a prototype camera, plenty can change, including the price point, but Sharp has told Digital Trends that it’s trying to keep price between US$3,000 to US$5,000. That would make it the most accessible 8K video camera on the market. Additional information and details are said to be available by NAB 2019. Check out the videos below for more.

Sources: Digital Trends, Youtuber Kinotika, Newsshooter