By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Sharp isn’t really known for its cinematic tools, but I’ve seen plenty of broadcast video shooters embrace their cameras for corporate and wedding work. So when the company decided to bring a new camera to the 8K party, I took notice.
The 8C-B60A can shoot 8K video at a resolution of 7680 × 4320 at up to 60 frames per second. Rather than put out a standard 30fps model and then bringing along higher frame rates down the road, Sharp has decided to give right into 60p and play catch up with the rest of the market.
The B60A sports a standard Super 35 chip, built-in ND filters, standard XLR jacks for audio, a pull out LCD screen, SSD drives and an SD card slot for backing up proxies, and integrated top hand with viewfinder. But Sharp also doesn’t want to be seen as just an ENG camera either, choosing to use PL mount lenses, indicating that perhaps they have more to offer to the cinematic side of the aisle.
Other features include:
- Integrating capabilities for video shooting and recording, playback, and line output for 8K (60p).
- Compatible with 8K (60p) shooting thanks to a large, Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS image sensor with 33 million pixels.
- 4:2:2 sampling*6 and 10-bit recording of 8K (60p) images. A compression method that exerts low burden on the CPU makes editing more efficient and allows approximately 40 minutes of continuous recording (when using 2TB SSD pack).
- Real-time output of uncompressed 8K (60P) images can be performed simultaneously with recording (equipped with quad-link 12G-SDI output terminal), making possible live 8K transmissions and replay output after recording.
- Built-in SSD back slot for recording media. Realizes one-person operation at 8K shooting with V-mount battery drive.
- 60 frames per second (progressive)
- frame rates from 23.98-60
- HLG Dynamic range from 400-2000%
- Color gamut BT 2020
- Grass Valley HQX Codec recording at 7680×4320 4:2:2 10-bit
- Video compression rate 6 Gbps (8K 60p: approx. 1/7 compression)
- Audio format Linear PCM 24-bit 48kHz 32 ch
- PL mount lens compatibility
The Super 35 chip also supports hybrid log gamma in 10 bit 4:2:2 courtesy of a Grass Valley HQX codec that can save up to 40 minutes of footage to a 2TB SSD drive. The B60A can also simultaneously record to an external drive via Quad-link 12G-SDI output.
MSRP of the Sharp 8C-B60A is just under $80,000 (body only). Frankly, I would hope that Sharp would have put in a 12-bit 4:4:4 capability for that. For my money, I think I’d still look at the RED HELIUM since they have far more experience with the higher end 6K-8K formats and their color science is baked in for a more IPP2 mature workflow.
But it’s good that Sharp is diving into the game, because the more the merrier! Competition will breed innovation and continue to drive down the price of higher end technology. It’ll also mean that new features will come faster.
And if Sharp believes they can compete at the cinematic game along with the other big boys, then I say more power to them. But the proof is in the pudding, so we’ll have to wait and see what the test footage looks like to see if Sharp can rise to the occasion. We’ll have details on pre-order soon.
Hat Tip: RSN