And You Thought 8K Was High Resolution!
There has been much reporting of the ‘Sphere’ facility in Las Vegas which is a new concert venue that is covered, inside and out, with LEDs to create an amazingly eye-catching location and an immersive experience. Less has been said about a camera that was developed to capture the content.
The Petapixel website dug ‘into the weeds’ of the camera but some highlights from the specification of the Big Sky camera include:
- 18K x 18k resolution (that’s a total of 316 megapixels – equivalent to 10 8K displays!)
- A 77.5 x 75.6 mm custom sensor (that’s almost seven times more area than a ‘full frame’ camera sensor)
- Recording in the media recorder at 30 Gigabytes/second
- A media magazine of 32 terabytes lasts just 17 minutes
The development group started the design process with an array of existing 8K cameras in a custom housing.
As well as using the camera in-house, the developers, based in LA, are talking to film-makers and others about using the technology.