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Sharp officially joins Micro Four Thirds with Olympus and Panasonic

The Micro Four Thirds standard appeared to be in less than rude health last year, with Panasonic jumping to full-frame and Olympus not releasing a new product. The format's fortunes have had a shot in the arm this year, however, with Sharp officially joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group. 

The NAB Show (opens in new tab) is taking place in Las Vegas this weekend, where it is expected that the Micro Four Thirds-powered Sharp 8K Video Camera (opens in new tab) will see its official reveal. In anticipation, Olympus announced that Sharp has become an official partner in the future of the format.

"Olympus Corporation and Panasonic Corporation jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System standard in 2008 and have since been working together to promote the standard," says the Olympus statement (opens in new tab)

"We are pleased to announce that Sharp Corporation has recently declared their support for the Micro Four Thirds System standard and will be introducing products compliant with the standard."

See also: Best Panasonic camera in 2019 (opens in new tab)

The Micro Four Thirds-powered Sharp 8K Video Camera

The Micro Four Thirds-powered Sharp 8K Video Camera

Sharp 8K Video Camera

While making no direct reference to the Sharp 8K Video Camera, the statement was sure to state the company's expertise in that specific area (make sure to check out our guide if you're wondering what is 8K (opens in new tab) and why is it the next big thing). 

"As the driving force behind 8K imaging technology and a product developer, Sharp Corporation now supports the Micro Four Thirds standard. In the future, Sharp will add Micro Four Thirds products to their line-up. The possibilities unique to a joint standard will expand the enjoyment of imaging further."

First shown (opens in new tab) as a "reference exhibit" at CES in January (which, as it happens, was also in Las Vegas), the Sharp 8K Video Camera was the first sub-$5,000 8K prosumer camera to be debuted and looks to be an exciting prospect for videographers.

Much like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (opens in new tab),  it's an extremely compact device (thanks to its MFT innards) featuring image stabilization, 30fps shooting (with a target of 60fps) using the H.265 codec, and a huge 5-inch articulated touchscreen. 

We're looking forward to seeing the full specs (and a proper name) for the camera, as well as seeing what other products Sharp has in store for Micro Four Thirds. Keep an eye on the Sharp homepage (opens in new tab) for the latest from the company. 

Read more: 

Sharp 8K Video Camera: 33MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, 10-bit 8K at 30fps (opens in new tab)
What is 8K? And what does it mean to photographers and videomakers? (opens in new tab)
The best Micro Four Thirds lenses for your Olympus or Panasonic camera
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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.