Along with the splashy announcement of the new F5 and F55 CineAlta 4K cameras came word of forthcoming firmware upgrades for Sony's flagship F65, including new signal formats to take advantage of its unique 8K x 2K sensor.
First up, and due before the end of the year, is a v2.2 update to remote-control capabilities that will improve the camera's functionality in live situations, such as sports coverage.
Next spring, we should see version 3.0 demonstrated at NAB. The F65 currently generates a 4K x 2K RGB signal from its sensor, but this upgrade will enable 8K x 4K, 6K x 3K, and 8K x 2K.
At a press briefing earlier this month, Sony Electronics Director of Marketing and Product Management Taturo Kurachi nodded toward new anamorphic glass from Zeiss as an example of an application for an 8K x 2K image. "With the glass technology Zeiss puts together, they will appreciate that someone is creating something like 8K x 2K RGB from an 8K-sensor camera," he said. "This anamorphic experience is not stretching or diluting information. It's really taking full advantage of the 8K sensor in the F65."
Version 3.0 firmware will be a paid update. Sony has not yet said how much it will cost.
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