2019 has been a banner year for Panasonic, with new cameras and updates to popular existing products. Panasonic’s Laurence Nunn joined us at Band Pro’s One World Open House, where he talked about Varicam, Cine Live, EVA1, the S1H and more.
A super 35mm sensor — with a one-piece, shorter-bodied design. Weighing just under six pounds (body-only), VariCam LT is ideal for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, gimbal and drone shooting applications, as well as all types of cinéma vérité filmmaking. The VariCam LT offers a host of new features including an EF lens mount, hot swappable batteries, IR shooting capability, a 23.98 PsF output, cinema-style file naming, and scene files.
Utilizes Panasonic Super 35mm MOS sensor for 4K image capture. VariCam 35’s new sensor captures 14+ stops of latitude, capturing high-contrast and wide dynamic range. The camera offers a broad range of codecs and formats, including Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced codecs, Apple ProRes, and 3.5-Mbps proxy recordings. VariCam 35 incorporates a modular design whereby the 4K camera head is separate from but dockable to the common, shared recording module (AU-VREC1G). This allows users to switch between Super 35mm and VariCam HS ⅔” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.
Capture up to 240-fps in 1080p. VariCam HS is designed for demanding ENG, documentary, or sports applications. Utilizing three newly-developed, 1920 x 1080 MOS imagers, VariCam HS offers numerous codecs, including Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of codecs and Apple ProRes. VariCam HS system includes the AU-V23HS1G 2/3” type HD camera head, the AU-VREC1G recording module, AU-VCVF1G OLED viewfinder, and the AU-VSHL1G shoulder pad/tripod mount.
4K Raw-only capture – designed for high-end productions. Powered by Codex, VariCam Pure contains the existing VariCam 35 camera head but with the new Codex VRAW 2.0 recorder, creating a RAW only solution in a lighter and more compact body (approximately 11-lbs.). With Codex Virtual File system, users can transcode additional file formats, including Panasonic V-RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHR.
Panasonic’s CineLive fot VariCam LT sets the cinema camera up for live and near-live multi-cam use for events, concerts, television shows and corporate productions.VariCam LT CineLive advantages include:
Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well suited for documentaries, events, commercials, and music videos. The newly-designed 5.7K Super 35mm sized sensor can capture up to 14-stops of latitude and features Dual Native ISOs of 800 and 2,500, which will allow cinematographers to shoot in almost any lighting environment.
Featuring a full-frame 24.2MP CMOS sensor, along with an updated Venus Engine, the S1H’s imaging capabilities have been optimized for high sensitivity, a wide 14-stop dynamic range, and flexible recording modes. The sensor and processor incorporate Multipixel Luminance Generation and Intelligent Detail Processing technologies, which help to produce high resolution and definition by suppressing color moiré, and Color Control further enhances color reproduction, especially in the highlights and shadows. The Venus Engine’s processing power also helps to suppress noise levels throughout the sensitivity range, from ISO 100-51200, and yield fast full-resolution continuous shooting speeds up to 9 fps with AF-S or 6 fps with AF-C, for more than 60 consecutive raw files.
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