New camera: Bosma G1 - 8K / 33MP

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When the world of 8K cameras (at or near a consumer level, say $2K) it is going to be a very interesting time. I may look at a Gh6 as my next stills camera;)
 

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So it's 16:9 native sensor but with :mu43: mount. File format is .mov or .mp4.. nothing about jpeg or raw. Not really a camera for the rest of us in the system?
If you look at the pictures of the camera it is pretty obvious it's definitely NOT aimed at photographers.
 

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https://www.43rumors.com/this-is-a-...a-the-bosma-g1-with-the-new-sony-33mp-sensor/

If memory serves, this is the same Sony sensor for the Sharp 8K camera, which has had its launch delayed by a couple years now.

Sharp has their own lineup of CMOS sensors including a dedicated video-only 8K sensor which was designed to have same diagonal as MFT image circle in order to use MFT lenses.

Sharp "m4/3" 8K video sensor is even listed in their sensor catalogue where they explicitly state that it supports only 8K UHD resolution 7680 × 4320 and not even 8K DCI let alone 4:3 still format.
https://global.sharp/products/device/lineup/selection/lsi/ccd/lineup.html

Sony sensor has already been in mass production since last autumn but that is a multi-aspect one with 41MP resolution for 4:3 still images and 33MP for 16:9 UHD 8K format (17:9 for DCI-8K)

There are several 4K video-only sensors for Super 35 and "m4/3 optical format" which means that sensor diagonal fits inside m4/3 image circle but these don't even support 4:3 aspect ratio (sure you can crop pixels from the center but this was not the point).

This fairchild "m4/3" sensor is a good example (rumour claims it was developed for Blackmagic).
https://www.fairchildimaging.com/products/scmos-sensors/mst4323
 
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If you look at the pictures of the camera it is pretty obvious it's definitely NOT aimed at photographers.

If you look at the Astra marketing material, they state clearly that this product is designed for 4k/8k video streaming applications like Surveillance, Security, Live Concerts, Remote Conferences, Drones etc.

That's why it only needs 8K UHD sensor which, as mentioned above, is something that Sharp already produces and Bosma is reported to have co-operation with them. It's basically a Chinese version of panny BGH-1 but in 8k

https://www.newsshooter.com/2021/04/25/astro-design-bosma-g1-8k-m4-3-camera/

My take is that this is the reason why the Sharp 8k MFT camera they announced exactly two years ago was never released. They discovered that it's a silly idea after all and handed this project over to their Chinese partner.
 
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