NHK Video Camera Captures 33-Megapixel Images At 120 FPS

The NHK's newest Ultra High Definition camera captures 7680x4320 video at a 120fps for 4 billion pixels per second of data.

1080p is everywhere and 4K seems like it’s just over the horizon, but this is a whole level beyond that. NHK (nippon housou kyoukai, or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) has been working on a specification for some time dubbed Ultra High Definition Television or UHDTV. This new generation of broadcast will be at 8K, that’s 7680×4320 — or 33-megapixels per frame. So what beast of a camera is needed to record this video?

In conjunction with Shizuoka University, the NHK has created a camera not just capable of recording video stills that large, but of doing so as 120fps to avoid motion blur. 33-megapixels at 120fps? That’s almost 4-billion pixels per second streaming onto a specially designed 1.5-inch CMOS sensor that can handle the data rate of 51.2 Gbps, which then shunts the video into 96 parallel channels.

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Apparently, the NHK is now working on boosting the light sensitivity of the devices, with the aim of getting UHDTV into Japanese homes in the 2015-2020 window. You may get to see this tech in action before then, as the London Olympics will be using UHDTV streams to broadcast to 15-meter large screens in London.

[via Gizmodo]