Panasonic Reveals World's First Camera System with 8K Organic Sensor

Panasonic has announced its latest camera innovation. The upcoming AK-SHB810 will be the world's first camera system to use an 8K organic sensor.

The camera is geared toward a wide-range of broadcasting and video production applications, and features a compact, lightweight box-type design with a PL lens mount. In addition, unlike standard CMOS sensors with one layer, the unit's 8K organic sensor actually has two layers, with independent sections for the circuit and photoelectric-conversion. This allows the camera to incorporate high-speed noise cancellation and high saturation technology, along with a wide dynamic range, 8K high resolution support, global shutter, and an electronic ND filter function.

In practice, this greater dynamic range should enable better capture in high contrast settings, like a field under sunlight or shaded audience seating at a stadium. Meanwhile, the global shutter feature allows all the pixels to be exposed at the same time, eliminating distortion that can be caused by a rolling shutter effect for high speed moving objects. Likewise, the global shutter also prevents flash band, which can cause light and shade differences in the upper and lower portions of the screen when the flash is exposed. Finally, 8K / 4K / HD video output is also possible through the camera when connected to an AK-SHU 810 image processing unit via optical fiber cable.

Here's a rundown of key features per Panasonic (translated from Japanese via Google):

  • 8K high resolution realizes wide dynamic range corresponding to light / dark difference
  • Skew distortion and flash band are prevented by global shutter (simultaneous exposure of all pixels)
  • A simple electronic ND filter function is installed, and freedom of shooting is improved

Pricing has not been announced yet, but the Panasonic AK-SHB810 8K camera and its companion AK-SHU 810 image processing unit are set to launch in the fall of 2019.