The Hitachi SK-UHD8060 was developed in collaboration with Japanese broadcaster NHK’s Science and Technology Research Laboratories. In addition to working closely to develop UHD (4K) and SHV (8K) television cameras, the collaboration produced the world’s first three-sensor, Super-High Vision 60Hz and 120Hz progressive scan cameras in 2008.
Hitachi developed the technology to accommodate Japan’s plans to launch Super-High Vision broadcasts in 2020. Augmented 22.2 channel audio and Super-High Vision broadcasting will greatly advance the sense of realism while watching TV.
“8K broadcasting is on the verge of becoming a reality, and it will undoubtedly become the mainstream past 2020,” said Sean Moran, the company’s COO and vice president of sales and operations. “Broadcasters and production companies have differing agendas when it comes to acquiring imaging technology. Taking into account that the content distribution and profit opportunities are quickly changing, the new TV industry players will benefit from HITACHI’s advanced 4K and 8K production equipment, preparing our customers to deliver content with these new advanced imaging formats as they transition other elements of their production workflow.”
The SK-UHD8060 Series, the second-generation of Super-High Vision cameras, delivers the features and functions needed for 8K television broadcast program production. The modular chassis camera concept simplifies and accelerates configuration for studio (fixed) or portable (stabilized camera) applications, while a large 12-inch viewfinder as well as high-resolution portable is offered. Signal recording can be achieved with a coupled digital recorder, and a SMPTE304/311 type hybrid cable system is used to tether the camera head from its control unit.