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Sharp Pushes Boundaries With New 8K Announcement

sharp 8k camcorder

Sharp have announced a Super 35 8K CMOS sensor 60p camcorder – 8C-B60A. Sharp was a late comer to the Super 35mm market, but after announcing an 8K, 33 million pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor 60p camcorder they certainly turned some heads. Sharp has claimed that it is a world first, integrating capabilities for video shooting, recording, playback and line output.

Sharp 8K camera

At the time of the survey devised by Sharp, July 2017, it was the first camcorder that integrated capabilities for video shooting and recording, playback and line output for 8K (60P). Its Super 35 mm equivalent CMOS image sensor with 33 million pixels makes it compatible with 8K. Live 8K transmissions and replay output after recording is possible because real-time outputs of uncompressed 8K (60P) images can be performed simultaneously with recording.

The camera was developed with a Tokyo based company Astrodesign inc, a specialist in 8K image technologies. The camcorder realises 4:2:2 sampling 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 a 2TB SSD pack). Sharp explains the Grass Valley HQX Codec utilizes a coding method that is easier on the cameras CPU enabling efficient 8K (60P) image capture.



  •  a 33 million pixel Super 35mm CMOS image sensor with PL lens mount,
  • 8K 60p 4:2:2 recording capabilities with low CPU load CODEC,
  • 8K 60p uncompressed video output at the same time as recording (quadlink 12G – SDI output, can be used for 8K live distribution,
  • supports playback after recording.,
  • built in SSD pack slot for recording media
  • V-Mount battery powered


Sharp 8K camcorder



Camera Section
Image sensor (number of effective pixels) Super 35 mm equivalent single plate CMOS image sensor (approx. 33 million pixels)
Built-in neutral density filter Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND
Lens mount PL mount
Electronic shutter 1/24, 1/48, 1/50, 1/60, 1/100, 1/120, 1/240, 1/480, 1/960, 1/1920
Variable shutter (1/24 sec. to 1/10000 sec.)
Frame frequency 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60 Hz
Gamma curve HLG (dynamic range 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 2000%)
Log gamma
Color gamut ITU-R BT.2020
Input/Output Terminal
SDI output BNC×4
4K output and 8K output switchable
At the 4K output:quad-link 3G-SDI, 4:2:2 2SI
At the 8K output: quad-link 12G-SDI, 4:2:2 2SI
For HD WFM (with focus assist function)
1.5G-SDI 4:2:2 (Gamma HLG/Log Gamma compatible)
Analog audio input AUDIO IN XLR type 3 pin (concave) × 2 (compatible with phantom power supply)
Mic input MIC IN XLR type 5-pin (stereo) (concave) × 1 (compatible with phantom power supply)
Others MADI audio input, TC IN / OUT, genlock, lens remote, headphone output, speaker output, 10 GbE (for file transfer)
Recording Section
SD card SDHC × 1 (for proxy recording and firmware update)
Storage SSD pack (MM-210)
Number of slots ×1
Duration Approx. 40 min. (when 2TB SSD pack used)
Video Codec Grass Valley HQX Codec (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
Power supply DC 12V to 17V
Weight Approx. 5 kg (body unit)
External dimensions
(W × H × D)
W155 × H188 × D312 mm (not including protrusions)
Power consumption Approx. 80W (non-recording)
AC/DC adapter 130W 13V DC output AC/DC adapter XLR 4-pin (concave)
MM-210 SSD pack 2 TB x 1
User manual CD-ROM x 1
File transfer software CD-ROM: 10GbE (during Pear to pear network)
Data transfer software via transfer BOX
Compatible both Win and Mac

Information on this product is limited, it certainly is looking to be an exciting new tool for creators.




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