As we move further into the 21st century new technologies are changing not only the way we create video, but also the way we watch it. As smart TVs and innovations in HD filming continue to evolve, the American living room will continue to evolve as well.
Panasonic’s new Lumix GH4 HD camera shoots video at 4K (4000 pixels, which is the standard in the movie projection industry). If you have any doubts how that looks feel free to get lost in the video sample below.
But HD video is just the tip of the iceberg with this camera. It comes complete with a weather sealed magnesium alloy body, making it rugged enough for outdoor shoots in inclement weather. It’s also Wi-FI capable and smart phone/tablet friendly. But wait, there’s more; throw in a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, battery charger with AC cable, body cap, hot shoe cover, USB cable, shoulder strap, and DVD with supplied software. Nearly every known metric about this unit screams “professional shooter” which seems reaffirmed by its $1700 starting price. A price which jumps up to about $3200 with all the bells and whistles, including a docking station.
As it stands, 4K home entertainment centers are still quite expensive but with ability to film more product in UHDTV (the television standard for High definition video) the 4K television monition could become far more commonplace in the American home.
But don’t worry high res heads, even if you’re not into HD filming the thrill of ridiculously detailed video can be had via Sharp’s new prototype 85 inch 8K HD TV complete with glasses free Dolby 3D. You heard right; that’s 3D without the use of cumbersome eyewear. Sounds like a dream come true right? Unfortunately early reviews of the system indicate the 3D looks broken. When you consider the fact that 3D tech has only recently gotten good in much lower resolutions it seems like a considerable leap of tech-faith that Sony has in their new product. At this point nothing is filmed in 8K so in reality this kind of home view is a long way off. In my opinion it seems that the first true glasses free 3D systems will probably be pioneered by the film projection industry but you have to hand it to Sony to trying to push the limits.
Of course, the cost of an 85 inch television, 3D or not, is probably not something that your average non-video obsessed customer can afford, and until the high end market gives such a device its blessing, we are still a long way off from seeing these units in consumer’s living rooms.