Guangzhou, China-based camera developer AstroDesign is preparing to release its cube-style compact BOSMA G1 8K video camera, designed to capture ultra-high-resolution images to feed to today’s expanding crop of 8K television sets and monitors.

The BOSMA G1 8K features a Micro Four Thirds (MFT)-sized image sensor and is capable of recording in 8K/30p and 4K/60p resolution levels, according to a report on Y.M. Cinema Magazine’s web site.

The launch price was listed by the manufacturer as being “affordable”, although no price was announced. The camera was originally shown at CES 2020 where the expected price was reportedly discussed at around $5,000, according to Y.M. Cinema.

AstroDesign started 21 years ago in China as a developer of telescopes and binoculars before advancing later to IoT-based smart cameras.

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According to a company announcement, the DC0200 (BOSMA G1 8K) was designed for high mobility and the ability to record up to 8K/30p video on the go.

“8K high-resolution video streaming can be implemented in a wide range of fields such as live video distribution and aerial videography”, the company said. The Micro Four Thirds form factor enables a the BOSMA G1 8K to have a compact form factor.

Other features include: 7680 x 4320 pixel resolution (approximately 33 million) (4/3 CMOS image sensor, 18.84 mm x 10.60 mm); 8K/30p real-time streaming over HDMI 2.1 output; RTSP and SRT video transmission protocol support; CFast 2.0; long recording time capability via connection to an external SSD and remote control functionality.

The camera encodes video in H.265 HEVC Main 10 Profile and High Profile H.264/AVC. Sound/voice codecs are handled as AAC/PCM, and video file containers include MOV/MP4. Recording bit rates are 200M for 8K/30p and 100M for 4K/60p. Color tone is 10 and 8 bits, while sound is either 24 or 16 bits with sample rates of 48 kHz and 44.1 kHz.

Bit rate control methods are VBR and CBR, and available frame rates for 8K include 30/25/24 fps and for 4K 60/50/30/25/24 fps.

The BOSMA G1 8K will record color gamuts of SDR BT.709 and HDR BT.2020, and will dynamic range as SDR8, SD10, and HDR10.

The included single HDMI output handles a maximum of 8K/30p.

The camera will record normal and time-lapse speeds.

For mic connections the camera is supplied with single 3.5mm input and outputs; a 5-pin LECO (XLR 2ch) terminal, and include built-in stereo mic.

Connectivity includes both an ethernet port and IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz).

The camera includes a CFast2.0 card slot (exFAT compatible) for storage.

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By Greg Tarr

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