My friend Dave Altizer over at Kinotika found some bounty at CES which others missed – the first ever 8K Micro Four Thirds camera.
Alas it is not a Panasonic.
Sony is working on a new codec to replace XAVC, which is based on the older H.264 compression standard.
The new codec is called XEVC according to leaks, based around H.265 (HEVC) Version 2. This supports Bayer RAW encoding, 8K and 12bit 4K at data rates efficient enough for almost any media, even current SD cards.
More specifications have leaked about Sony’s 36 megapixel full frame 8K sensor.
Sony has developed a duo of 8K capable full frame sensors, which will soon be released in two Sony cameras. That means out of the upcoming A7S III and A9 II, only one of those will feature the high resolution 8K 36MP sensor, with the 60MP sensor likely going into the A7R IV. Interestingly Sony will make the sensors available to customers, which mean the 8K 36MP sensor could see its way into a full frame Panasonic GH or SH camera.
I am going to have to be quite hard on Sony in this article, but it comes from a place of love.