Canon In Development of 8K Cinema Camera and Reference Monitor Plus a New 120 Megapixel DSLR

September 8, 20151 Comment

Canon 8K Camera

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If you thought that Canon isn’t innovating you might want to reconsider that position. Canon today announced a new Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional 8K reference display. Both are under development so I wouldn’t expect to see them very soon.
The sensor will be a Super 35 CMOS sensor with the high-resolution of 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. How about that 7x 19.7-138mm lens!

Canon 8K Display

 

Along with a 8K Cinema camera Canon is working on a 8K reference monitor to go with it.

 

120 megapixel EOS

A new 120 megapixel DSLR camera with the high-pixel-density CMOS sensor Canon uses in it’s current EOS-series. Thats a lot of pixels!

The move to 8K is coming really fast even when 4K isn’t being viewed here in the US by many since it’s not broadcast friendly and very little content is available yet for smart TV’s. The push to 8K is on.

Press Release From Canon

TOKYO, September 8, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

 

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

1

A stop is a unit of measurement used to express dynamic range, which refers to the difference between the brightest and darkest areas of an image that can be simultaneously captured.

2

Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 78 models (60 EF lenses and 18 EF Cinema Lenses) will be compatible with the 8K camera under development.

3

Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 60 models will be compatible with the SLR camera under development.

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  1. RR says:

    Awkward moment for Canon fans who have been poo poo-ing 4k….

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