The First (and Last?) Handheld 8k Camera Enters The Market– Why?

by Bret Hoy1 Comment

After passing over hundreds of miles of the Rocky Mountains and arid desert, I flew into McCarran International Airport on April 12th, 2015. As I was grabbing my bag out of the luggage carousel, I looked around the airport and noticed a banner flying high above the slot machines. “The first 7k Camera.” I took a picture of it and posted something snarky about it on Instagram.

My snark was not without merit.

Less than 48 hours later, we learned of the 8k Red Weapon, therefore making that banner a waste of decent vinyl. I can only imagine the frustration of the camera manufacturers who worked to create that 7k camera only to have their trip to NAB somewhat smothered by those at RED.

After NAB 2015, I really started to wonder exactly what game these manufacturers were playing.

I’m not going to lie. When I have a bias, I’m up front about it. There’s no reason to hide it and misrepresent whatever I’m writing/talking about. I wouldn’t do that to you guys. So when I see the phrase, “The world’s first handheld 8k camera” I was instantly turned off. I’ve got no problem with resolution, and obviously I love new tech. Here’s my problem.

We still haven’t gotten to the point where consumers appreciate HD. You may think that’s not true, but I can tell you from personal experience, it’s hard enough to get people to switch from the SD channel on their cable to the HD duplicate. I KNOW I’m not the only one that’s experienced this.

I’m not saying that we need to stop at 1080p because people don’t even appreciate that yet. What I am saying is that the race to these high resolutions are more about the idea of the resolution and not about the actual image itself. Before we’ve come to fully understand and implement systems that use 4k, there are those in the industry that are pushing us to 6, 7 and 8k.

I like progress, but as a shooter it seems a bit premature and as a consumer, it sure feels like a money grab.


The Ikegami SHK-810 is the first, “handheld” 8k camera. It’s a PL Mount, broadcast style camera with a 33MP Super 35 sensor. The 8K resolution comes in a camera body that’s under 20 lbs and is intended for studio and field production.

“There are a number of predictions that 8K will never become a standard because vector based video will soon make pixels obsolete.”Interestingly enough, Japan is planning an 8k satellite broadcast some time in 2018.

First 8K Handheld Camera

Ikegami SHK-810 First Handheld 8k camera 2

Via Video University:

Ikegami and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) have joined forces to create the first handheld 8K video camera, the Ikegami SHK-810. Ikegami’s previous 8K camera is ten times the size. The SHK-810 is intended for both studio and field production. It weighs less than 20 lbs.

This camera is UHDTV which stands for Ultra-high-definition television and includes both 4K UHD (2160p) and 8K UHD (4320p). According to The Japan Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications, test broadcasts of 4K/8K via satellite television will start at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio. This will be followed by 8K on-air broadcasting starting in 2018 in Japan


Features of Ikegami SHK-810 8K UHDTV camera

  • Single 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor
  • 4,000 TVL horizontal and vertical resolution
  • A System Expander that permits the use of large viewfinders and studio lenses converting the handheld camera into a studio camera.
  • PL-Lens mount accepts 8K lenses, cine lenses, 4K lenses and custom-designed zoom lenses for single-chip SHV cameras.
  • A flange-back adjustment system is built-in, enabling back focus adjustment of PL-mount lenses without shims.

For more information see Ikegami.

Read full article at Video University “First 8K Handheld Camera”

(cover photo credit: snap from Video University)


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