Kinefinity has just introduced the MC8020 — a new full-frame broadcast camera capable of shooting HDR up to 70 fps in 8K resolution. The camera titled MC8020 is based on the Edge technology and image quality, has internal ND, dual native ISO, and more.
Kinefinity presents high-end broadcast camera
On an internal press release, and under the radar, Kinefinity has just introduced its latest camera which can be defined as a broadcast flagship. The model titled MC8020 incorporates a full-frame CMOS sensor with a 45MP, that is capable of shooting up to 8K resolution in 70fps and HDR mode. For now, it seems that the MC8020 si suited for domestic use (China). Highlights are below (Please keep in mind that the text below is based on Google Translation from Chinese):
MC8020: Full-frame 8K HDR
The MC8020 is a broadcast video camera that is a new generation video camera based on the Edge high-performance platform. The camera can output up to 8K HDR, and at the same time, it brings true natural colors and Images. Based on the MC8020 EFP system, the system also realizes 8K remote transmission, real-time color adjustment, professional communication, TALLY, etc., and the functions of major broadcasting class live broadcast/transmission applications, according to SMPTE ST2082-12, the latest 12G-SDI protocol. Furthermore, the camera supports full-frame and full resolution on ProRes 4444 XQ. The KineLOG3 captures all dynamic ranges. The storage of 8K 50P, 4K 100P, high frame rate, and the KineMAG Nano storage card are compatible with RAID 5.
Dual native ISO
As a ‘powerful’ 8K broadcast-level camera, the MC8020 is compatible with film/camera/TV-ENG lenses, providing high-quality 8K/4K HDR imagery. Sensor specs: 45 megapixels, up to 70fps in 8K resolution. Moreover, the MC8020 integrates a built-in full-spectrum electronic ND system. Compared with the built-in mechanical ND with only 4 gears, the full-spectrum electronic ND of MC8020 can realize step-less adjustments from 2 to 8. The picture is sharp while maintaining color accuracy, greatly improving EFP production’s convenience. In addition, the MC8020 camera owns a full-frame 8K CMOS sensor, which not only has a larger photosensitive area of a single pixel, but also has dual native gain, which can provide better light capture and better noise control, and obtain high latitude and low noise. The picture can perfectly cope with the light changes during on-site production, making the shooting process smooth and efficient.
In January 2023, the MC8020 officially appeared on the live broadcast of the Haikou Division of the Chinese Super League. It successfully completed the application in the live broadcast task of two stadiums and 12 games in the last stage. In March 2023, the 5G+8K+3D VR ultra-high-definition OB van built by Guangdong Tusheng Ultra-HD Innovation Center is equipped with 8-MC8020 broadcast cameras, which support real-time 8K, 50P, VR image splicing correction and output; supports 8K Real-time on-site film and television grade color correction solution, comprehensively upgrade the 8K live production.
Price and availability
The MC8020 8K camera system will be pre-sold through Kinefinity’s official channels and certified dealers. For now, the price is not mentioned. The MC8020 8K channel camera will make a new appearance at CCBN (China International Broadcasting Information Network Exhibition) and NAB (National Broadcasting Exhibition) in mid-April 2023.
With the announcement of the MC8020 which incorporates many 8K goodies, Kinefinity has declared its intentions to enter into the high-end broadcast world. The MC8020 is basically a specced-out Edge that is dedicated to broadcast. Although it seems that the MC8020 is aimed at the Chinese broadcast ecosystem, the technology can be implemented in other countries as well, especially in other cameras. For instance, it will also be nice to have an HDR workflow on the Edge cameras. BTW, we found this announcement in an internal Chinese press release. Kinefinity has not officially announced it yet. However, we should hear something during NAB. One thing is for sure — The niche of full-frame broadcast cinema cameras is expanding at the speed of light.
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