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September 15, 2017
Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera with three 8K sensors at IBC 2017

Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera with three 8K sensors at IBC 2017

Sony continues to drive the evolution of imaging technology expanding the possibilities for 4K production and more

Asia Pacific, 15 September 2017 - Sony today unveiled the UHC-8300, its first 8K camera system that includes 1.25-inch three 8K sensors, and will be demonstrated at the Sony stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017 for the first time globally. It opens up the world of 8K with the flexibility to offer customers new capturing technology for shooting in 4K and more.

“At Sony, we’re constantly finding new ways to empower amazing storytelling and assist our customers to meet the demand for stunning 4K capture” said 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 adaptor1 . 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 in Asia Pacific from October 2017 onwards.

For more information on Sony’s offering at IBC, click here or visit us at RAI, Amsterdam from 15 to 19 September.

1Availability date of lens adapter to be confirmed