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Foxconn is working with RED to make cheaper and smaller 8K cameras

Foxconn is working with RED to make cheaper and smaller 8K cameras
From TechCrunch - February 12, 2018

Foxconn, AKA Hon Hai Precision Industry, AKA the company that made your iPhone, is working with digital cinema pioneer RED to create affordable 8K cameras, the company announced. Chairman Terry Gou told reporters in Taipei, the Nikkeis among them, that the goal is to reduce both the price and the size of such camera systems by two-thirds.

Considering you can shoot 4K on the tiny sensor of a mobile phone these days, its not actually much of a surprise that small-factor 8K is a focus for a major hardware manufacturer. Pretty soon itll be a standard feature on flagship phones.

Of course, Gou said nothing to suggest that the image quality would be worth it. A sensor that records at that resolution may be an integral part of an 8K system, but theres much more to it than that. For one thing, to capture a decent image, youll need some serious glass in front of itlenses for consumer-level products simply arent made with the kind of precision necessary for that level of detail. Cinema glass is five figures to start.

Honestly thats just the start. In addition to the glass, youll need a very fast, effective image processor and a whole lot of storageeven compressed, an 8K video may be 10 to 20 times larger than a 1080p one. Then youll need to color and edit and after all that, most people will be unable to tell the difference between it and normal HD.

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