Sharp publishes new roadmap: The 8K MFT camera might be announced in two weeks?

Today Sharp published this new roadmap (PDF file). And it says that Sharp will announce a lot of new 8K products within the next two weeks in celebration of their 105th anniversary on September 15. As you can see from the crop on top you can also see the 8K MFT camera that was first displayed in 2019. My hope is that indeed we are going to finally get this new cam!!!

Those are the rumored/shared specs…but they might have changed since 2019:

8K 30p
4k 60p (200Mbits/s at 10bit)
5.5 inch fully articulating touch display
Full size HDMi out (last year prototype didn’t have it)
Mini XLR input
Headphone and Audio Jack
Price under $4,000

Pesonal View: the production of the Z-CAM E2 cameras might stop


Pesonal View reports:

Huge train-wreck seems to be happening with little amazing Z-CAM team.

All E2 cinema cameras are based on main LSI chip made by HiSilicon (Hi3559A V100 and may be few more models). For reference – HiSilicon is chip design branch of big Huawei corporation. Hisilicon designes all the main LSI (called Kirin) for Huawei smarphones.

Right now Huawei is on the first front lines of China-US trade war, with US promising to leave only burning ashes from smartphone market leader.

Since last US punch it is more correct to say now that they designed/made such chips and can’t do it anymore. US put extreme sanctions on Hisilicone specifically – now they can’t use any contract manufacturers (as 100% of them use US intellectual property, equipment or software) and can’t keep even be using US software to design chips themselves.

Such way Z-CAM cameras suddenly won’t have their heart available for company, and this also concerns any already made, sold or awaiting to be sold camera, as servicing issues and lack of parts can prevent company from keeping their warranty obligations. On small market of semi-pro and professional cinema cameras this alone is making your product unacceptable for any serious production.

Company now tries to hide this information from potential buyers, cleaning it instantly from the Facebook group and trying to prevent its leak to camera related press.

It will be real tragedy if we’ll have such interesting company (that had been able to withstand very hard climate) will be going out of business as collateral damage in the US-China trade war.

I got some small positive “signs” about the Olympus MFT future…

You know I have been very harsh towards Olympus. Mainly because for six month they said they wouldn’t sell their imaging business and than they did exactly that. So my trust level in them is down to zero. Now I got some “rumors” that my increase my trust level from 0% to 1% :)

Those “rumors” tell me that Olympus will be more involved than expected in the future JIP partnership and OMD and PEN products development. I hope to have more facts about this new future roadmap soon…

We should learn more about this in September!

JIP may discontinue the low end model and focus on pro MFT gear only

A source told me this:

I have recently been told by a Olympus representative that JIP is most likely to continue developing the PRO segment of their MFT system, and possibly there will be a re-branding without the Olympus name. It is also likely that they will discontinue the volume cameras, such as the E-PL series. Non of this is officially confirmed, but it is said that they are working on a press release that will be released within approximately one month from today.

Makes sense to me….what do you think?