Sony is getting ready to release their first 4K BRAVIA screens, here starting with this amazing and awesome 84" sized display. This is perhaps the most awesome showcase I have ever seen at a consumer electronics show.
Sharp is about to release their new IGZO LCD Technology to the market. It allows for lower power consumption, slowing down the screen refresh rates to as little as 1hz, minimizing the required screen bezel, the power consumption can be less than half compared with the previous amorphous silicon based TFT technology. Screen resolution can also more easily be increased to Quad-HD because the TFT is smaller. Will the Kindle Fire 2, iPhone 5 and other upcoming products have the IGZO screen in them? It's possible. IGZO should be ready to arrive in products starting this year.
Sharp's ICC-4K 55" TVs are coming, they may have magic technology in them, magically making 1080i and 1080p content look better, doing something more than just upscaling.
For now it's being released in a limited fashion in Europe for about 15000€.
LG shows a bunch of 3D and 2D screens at IFA 2012, here's a walk through their booth.
Here's a 10-minute overview of the TV Display industry by Paul Gray, Director of European TV Research for DisplaySearch. Talking about Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sharp, AUO, CMI, how they are losing money, how they are trying to bring new technologies like 3D and hopefully as soon as possible 4K to the market.
Here's a huge pixel density on a 20" LCD screen demonstrated by Panasonic at IFA 2012 in Berlin Germany.
Toshiba is ramping up the production of their awesome Quad-HD screens, the 2D-only 55" is awesome, but only for sale in Japan for now. But this year and the next, Toshiba is going to ramp up the manufacturing of these, I hope they lower the price of 55" Quad-HD to sub-$2000 as soon as possible! The slideshows of 8 megapixel photos and 4K videos filmed with the Red camera videos look awesome on it!
To experience the most insane video-gamging ever, get a 4K Quad-FHD screen from Toshiba and connect a powerful PC with a 4K-capable latest/fastest GPU such as ATI 7970 and Nvidia 680, you can then play many of the latest big high-end games that thus render the full 3840x2160 of the game at 30fps, it looks awesome.
JVC is now releasing their new JVC GY-HMQ10 professional camcorder below $9000 on the Japanese market (750,000 Yen). It's using the JVC Falconbrid processor as in my JVC GC-PX10 camcorder that I've been using to film all of my CeBIT 2012 videos (using 720p@50fps@12mbitps for faster uploads), all of my OLPC Summit videos (most include direct-download links to the original 1080p@50fps@36mbitps camcorder files), all my LeWeb 2011 videos were also filmed using the JVC GC-PX10.
The JVC Falconbrid is one of the new upcoming 4K2K Quad-HD camcorder processors to bring more and more affordable 4K cameras to the market!
The JVC GY-HMQ10 I think is designed for professionals, but I also think it's possible that sooner rather than later, JVC might decide to provide 4K recording support in the sub-$1000 camcorders also in something like a successor to the JVC GC-PX10, perhaps the sub-$1000 JVC GC-PX20 will support 4K!
The main question is how to let it record 4K video uncompressed. The new JVC GY-HMQ10 provides 4 SDXC slots supporting thus 4x 64GB SDXC cards that can thus store 4 hours of 4K 144mbitps video onto those four 64GB SDXC Cards in RAID 0 (256GB) in Apple’s ProRes422.
It takes space for 4 SDXC card slots, I wonder if it's possible to provide a slot for 2.5" SSD drive or perhaps even a SATA hard drive, but then the 4K camera has to become bigger in size than the JVC GC-PX10.
This sounds like it might be cheaper than the Red Scarlet camera (that seems to need to cost at least $15000 to be able to shoot 4K).
Sub-$9000 for 4K start to be getting there. I wonder though if 2012 isn't going to be the year of the first sub-$2000 4K camcorders, as I also think people are going to be able to find affordable 4K 55" HDTVs also from Sharp and others.