The Bosma G1 Pro 8K cinema camera was first announced in May 2021 at the NAB exhibition. However, it was never released at that time and was subsequently postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and problems with the supply of components. Now, it has finally been introduced at the CES 2023 exhibition and is available for pre-order.
The 8K camera features a 33-megapixel M4/3 CMOS sensor made by Sony, which is the same as the one used in the unreleased 8K Sharp camera that was first shown at NAB in 2019. It is capable of capturing 8K video at up to 30fps or 4K at up to 60fps. While the dynamic range of the G1 Pro 8K is not very high at 11 stops, it should be sufficient for indoor use in a studio setting.
Bosma G1 Pro cinematic camera records video in 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit H.265 codec. 4K recording is done at 150 Mb/s, while 8K is recorded at 600 Mb/s. If desired, you can shoot in ProRes 422LT/ProRes 422/ProRes 422HQ formats (pending certification) or output 8K via HDMI 2.1 port. The 8K camera uses a single CFast 2.0 card, or you can externally record to an NVMe SSD via the USB-C port.
The Bosma G1 Pro cine camera has a typical cube form factor design and looks similar to the Z Cam and other modular movie cameras. It is very compact – it measures only 5″x4.3″x4.3″ and weighs approximately 1.25 kg.
The body of the cinema camera has a 2″ LCD screen for making a menu and operating system changes, as well as several 1/4″-20 mounting threads. Four function buttons can be customized.
The Bosma G1 Pro supports streaming via Wi-Fi or optional 5G with Ethernet connectivity. It also features standard BNC ports for timecode input and output, as well as a mini XLR connector and a 3.5mm microphone input. These features make it possible to use multiple cameras and facilitate audio input.
Bosma G1 Pro 8K Cinema Camera price and availability
The Bosma G1 Pro is already available to pre-order via the Bhphotovideo.com online store at $3,499.
It is worth noting that Panasonic recently officially introduced two new full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Lumix S5II (DC-S5M2) and S5IIX (DC-S5M2X). Both of these cameras are capable of recording 6K 30fps and C4K 60fps video to internal media.