Sony Reportedly Showing off an A99 Successor with 8K video

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After Sony introduces 4K video recording in the A7s (with external recorder), Sony Alpha Rumors claims that the company is working on an 8K camera. Sony purportedly brought an 8K camera prototype to the BBC headquarters. A source at the event claimed the unit looked similar to the Sony A99 full frame DSLR with a vertical grip. Sony also supposedly said this 8K camera could come to market as soon as 2016.

Despite the both the Sony A6000 and Sony A7s featuring great video options along with Sony’s AVCHD format, the Japanese company still isn’t as popular in the video world as Panasonic or Canon.

Sony might be interested in starting a resolution war with Panasonic, as the electronics firm already has two cameras that record  in 4K including the GH4 and LX100. There are also other mirrorless cameras that can be hacked to take quad-HD footage. However if Sony is in talks with the BBC, and potentially NHK, it could be one of the first big providers of 8K equipment for the television world.

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.