Sony has unveiled the UHC-8300, its first 8K camera system that includes 1.25-inch three 8K sensors. It opens up the world of 8K with the flexibility to offer customers new capturing technology for shooting in 4K and more.

Hiroyuki Takahama, Assistant General Manager, Content Creation Solutions Marketing, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP), Sony Corporation of Hong Kong Limited: “The unveiling today of the 8K sensor technology offers capability to capture format for 4K production and is a leap forward in imaging technology that will give media companies such flexibility when shooting 4K productions today”.

The UHC-8300 has been designed to cover all the features necessary for premium productions including live broadcasts, entertainment and factual high-end documentaries. Its 8K (7680 x 4320) 120p capturing format delivers well balanced high-resolution footage with an impressive deep depth of field and wide dynamic range, making it suitable for High Dynamic Range (HDR) footage for both S-Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) supporting ITU-R BT.2020 colour space.

The UHC-8300 camera system can be used not only for 8K but also for 4K production. It is able to generate 8K, 4K and HD signal outputs simultaneously, applying different colour spaces and OETF to each signal. Simultaneous output of HDR in 8K and 4K alongside HD SDR signals is also possible. Accessories for the HDC series cameras, such as viewfinders and remote control panels are also compatible with the UHC-8300.

Real-time cut outs of an image from 8K to 4K provides flexible framing when capturing live action, facilitating creative features that lead to better production.

Apart from the original 1.25-inch lens mount, the UHC-8300 can also accommodate B4 mount 4K lenses with a lens adaptor. Media companies are equipped with the freedom of choice for suitable lenses, allowing them to capture every drop of action particularly for live sports production, which requires high power zoom lenses.

The UHC-8300 transmits 8K signal via SDI. Further, the camera system supports IP connectivity, making it truly ready for today’s IP-enabled live production system.

Sony developed the UHC-8300 camera system with customer inputs on product specification from Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). “This camera is all about giving our customers complete choice,” concluded Hiroyuki Takahama. “This equips them with the capability to capture and deliver content with the resolution and range that’s right for each production.”

The UHC-8300 will be available from October onwards.  Availability date of lens adapter to be confirmed.

Link to more information on Sony’s offering at IBC.

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