Canon Unveils its First two Zoom Lenses for 8K Broadcast Cameras
The two zoom lenses come equipped with 1.25-inch sensors that meet the needs for increased image quality in documentary and broadcast productions
SINGAPORE, 7 November 2019 — Canon announced today the launch of two new lenses for 8K broadcast1 cameras equipped with 1.25-inch sensors: the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 field zoom lens and the 7x10.7 KAS S portable zoom lens.
The development of the new UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S zoom lenses for 8K broadcast cameras represent the culmination of Canon’s optical technologies. In recent years, productions such as documentaries and broadcasts of sporting events have begun to adopt 8K equipment to deliver ultra-high-resolution video around the world. To that end, there is demand for essential technological developments and the stable supply of equipment optimized for 8K standards covering input, transmission and output. With the addition of 8K ultra-high resolution broadcast lenses to its lineup, Canon meets the needs associated with increased image quality for video.
The new Canon UHD-DIGISUPER 51 achieves a level of superlative optical performance from the centre to the peripheral areas of image field to support 8K broadcast cameras. Canon’s first 8K field zoom lens, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51, realizes a focal length range of 15.5 mm to 790 mm, the world’s longest2 focal length in its class, and the world’s-highest2 zoom ratio of 51x. In addition to realising a high zoom ratio, the lens maintains similar handling to existing field zoom lenses for 4K cameras that employ 2/3-inch sensors, making it possible to transition to 8K production while retaining the same shooting style as with 4K production. The lens makes possible the capture of realistic, high-resolution video in a wide range of scenarios, including indoor and outdoor sports broadcasting or in medium-size broadcasting vans.
7x10.7 KAS S
The 7x10.7 KAS S covers a focal length range from 10.7 mm to 75 mm, making it the world’s first3 portable zoom lens for 8K broadcast cameras to offer a 7x zoom ratio. The lens achieves resolution and contrast from the centre to the periphery of the image to support 8K broadcast cameras while maintaining similar handling to existing portable zoom lenses for 4K cameras that employ 2/3-inch sensors. Along with this, the lens maintains the manoeuvrability demanded of broadcast equipment for such scenarios as shoulder-mounted shooting or transporting equipment to meet a variety of video production needs – from documentary shooting and video shooting for different events to broadcasting applications.
The 7x10.7 KAS S and UHD-DIGISUPER 51 zoom lenses will be available in late December 2019 and early April 2020 respectively.
About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other countries and regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.
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1A broadcasting image standard for images with a resolution of 33 million pixels, 16 times the resolution of Full HD and four times that of 4K.
2Among field zoom lenses for 8K broadcast cameras employing 1.25-inch sensors. As of November 2019, based on a Canon survey.
3Among portable zoom lenses for 8K broadcast cameras employing 1.25-inch sensors. As of November 6, 2019, based on a Canon survey.