Yesterday, Sony teased us with one of their new upcoming camcorders that will be able to shoot in 4K, and they're unveiling it on October 30. The company posted a teaser on their Facebook page that shows us a photo of the new 4K camcorder (albeit dimmed, so you can only see the logo), as well as a little bit of information about what the new camcorder will be able to do.
Come October 30, we should be getting some more information about this new addition to Sony's CineAlta range of professional camcorders that will be called “TheNewF” according to the teaser. It also gives away some features of the upcoming camcorder like 4K shooting capability, high frame rates, 4:2:2 color space, and a 50Mbps data rate.
4K also goes by "Ultra HD" and boasts a resolution of 4000x3000, which is the typical resolution of photos from most point-and-shoot cameras. The technology is gaining ground, but it still has a long way to go before it becomes practical. The resolution is still way too powerful for general broadcasting, and it requires specialized cameras that are just beginning to find their way into the marketplace.
However, depending on what the final product ends up being, "TheNewF" may just be a camcorder that takes a big step forward with 4K, and hopefully Sony's commitment to 4K will result in more practical applications for the technology in the not-so-distant future. However, we'll have to wait and see what the company has in store at the end of the month before jumping to conclusions.