Sharp has officially expressed its support for the microfourthirds camera system standard. That means that the manufacturer will join Olympus and Panasonic, the two driving forces behind the microfourthirds camera system.
In concrete terms, Sharp’s support means that the company will release products that are compatible with the standard. Sharp cameras will have mounts that match those of Olympus and Panasonic cameras, so the wide range of lenses for microfour-thirds cameras are also available for Sharp’s products.
The announcement specifically mentions Sharp as a “driving force behind 8k imaging technology.” That is not without reason; the company will eventually come with an m4/3 camera that is mainly aimed at video makers and that contains a stabilized sensor with which 8k images can be shot. A prototype of the camera was shown at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.
According to Digital Camera World, the camera can record 30 frames per second with the 8k resolution and the h265 video codec, although Sharp is said to have said 60fps should also be possible. Furthermore, the camera has a normal-sized HDMI port, a USB-C port and a relatively large 5 “touch screen on the back, which can be turned completely forward from the side.
When this camera will be released is still unknown, but more may be announced in the coming days. Sharp will showcase “a small 8k video camera” at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 6-11.