According to the latest reports published at Japanese News Website, Panasonic is actively working on next generation of image processor to support 8K video recording in GH series consumer camera. The 8K resolution is exactly 16 times the resolution of Full HD, every single frame of the 8K videos carry 33Megapixels resolution, to record 8K video Panasonic need a ultra fast image processor, the current Venus Engine used inside the GH4 camera is capable to record 4K videos at 30p/24p.
Glimpse of the Japanese newspaper (translated via google)
Panasonic has developed a digital camera and broadcast business camera the number of pixels corresponding to the “8K” video shooting of 16 times the full high-definition, sequentially released in 2020. Toward 8K correspondence, it was undertaken on the development of next-generation image processing large-scale integrated circuit (LSI) “10th generation high-speed image processing Venus Engine”.
the Japanese newspaper is talking about Large-scale integration (LSI) chip, LSI chip is known as image processor in camera, the traditional LSI chip is made by integrating 1000 or more of transistors on a single silicon semiconductor microchip…now world has changed … the old LSI technology is replaced by very large-scale integration (VLSI) and ultra large-scale integration (ULSI) technologies, Panasonic may have adopted ultra large-scale integration (ULSI) technologies to build the new image processing engine to support 8k.
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During the Panasonic G7 announcement Panasonic revealed its future plans of 8K video, including 4K at 60fps and 120fps, take a look at a snapshot what ephotozine writes
“Panasonic announced plans for future 4K and 8K video and photo features, including 4K at 60fps and 120fps, as well as the ability to take 33 megapixel still images from 8K video footage. They say they are planning to have this technology ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. No further information was given at the time.“
All the above news clearly indicates that GH series Fan will get a 8K capable GH5 or GH6 camera before Tokyo 2020 Olympic games
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