Following Canon’s announcement that it’s developing an 8K Cinema EOS camera, we chatted to cinematographer Simeon Quarrie on what this means for the future

You may or may not have already been surprised by this, but ICYMI, Canon revealed that it is developing an 8K Cinema EOS camera.

This new model will boast a Super 35 size CMOS sensor and be capable of capturing video at 8,192 x 4,320-pixel size at 60fps, as well as having the capacity to downsample 8K to 4K or shoot 4K crops.

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We were fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with cinematographer and Canon ambassador Simeon Quarrie to get an idea of what all this means for the future of videography – you can watch our video interview above.

For Simeon, the key thing to get excited about is the ability this new format will give us to crop in .

If 4K becomes the general standard for video – and it this point, it looks not so much a question of ‘if’ as ‘when’ – then 8K format will give videographers huge scope to crop in and recompose shots for 4K.

This could also have some measure of impact on video stabilisation – with that extra resolution, stabilisation can potentially be added much more effectively while still maintaining image quality.

As Simeon observes, screen quality is moving forward at a hell of a clip and cameras will need to increase their resolution if they are to be able to take advantage of it. Someone who has invested in an Apple 5K monitor, for instance, still has plenty of resolution to play with if they load up a 4K image.

But does the resolution escalation have an end point? Well, presumably yes, but as Simeon says, no one’s too sure where that is yet.

And you can’t help but get a little excited by the thought of what kind of future technology might be able to reap the benefit from a 16K camera…?

  • Coming from digital television broadcasting background, I think 8K might have merit in cinema presentations to enhance reality since the present 2K/4K digital cinema projectors still lack sharpness when projected on the big movie house screen. That being said, the limits of resolution will ultimately be determined by the resolution of the human-eye, and the perceptual degradation of resolution through image motion, not to mention the psychological distraction of a really engaging story content. It is the total experience of sound and vision that still attracts audiences to movie houses in this day when streaming video (and illegal downloading for free) are becoming the more prevalent method of content delivery. Of course the sharpest camera and projection system can still make for a terrible movie….

  • Joe Fonebone

    It’s worth remembering, as we go to 8K, that an awful lot of video is watched on relatively tiny mobile phones and computer tablets….