Panasonic introduces EVA1 at Cine Gear

GTC sponsor Panasonic has previewed the AU-EVA1, at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Los Angeles, USA, a new 5.7K cinema camera positioned between the Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well suited for documentaries, commercials and music videos.

“For cinema-style acquisition, we realised there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said EMEA Marketing Manager Nela Pertl. “With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications.”

Super 35mm sensor

The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor for capturing true cinematic images. By starting at a higher native resolution, the 5.7K sensor yields a higher resolving image when downsampled to 4K, UHD, 2K and even 720p. The increased colour information results in a finer, more accurate finished image.

Dual native ISO

One of the key features of the VariCam 35, VariCam LT and VariCam Pure is dual native ISO. Utilising a process that allows the sensor to be read in a fundamentally different way, dual native ISO extracts more information from the sensor without degrading the image. This results in a camera that can switch from standard sensitivity to high sensitivity without an increase in noise or other artifacts.

“On the VariCams, dual native ISO has allowed cinematographers to use less light on set, saving time and money, as well as allowing for a great variety of artistic choices. The EVA1 will include dual native ISO, but the camera is currently being tested to determine final ISO specifications,” added Nela Pertl.

V-Log/V-Gamut capture

The ability to capture accurate colours and rich skin tones is a must for any filmmaker. Like the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras, the EVA1 contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver a high dynamic range and broad colours. V-Log has log curve characteristics that are somewhat reminiscent of negative film – and V-Gamut delivers a colour space even larger than film. The EVA1 will also import the celebrated colourimetry of the VariCam line.

Lightweight and compact

Weighing only 1.2kg (body only) and with a compact form factor (17cm x 13.5cm x 13.3cm) and removable handgrip, EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications and can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves. There will also be numerous mounting points and Panasonic is currently working with top accessory makers to allow further customisation with the EVA1.

Multiple recording formats

Ideal for indie filmmakers, the EVA1 records to readily available, lower-cost SD cards. The camera can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 422, even in 4K. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the the camera's release.

Lenses and filters

The camera utilises a native EF-mount, giving shooters access to the broad EF lens ecosystem, including dozens of cinema-style prime and zoom lenses from numerous manufacturers. Electronic image stabilisation (EIS) is employed to compensate for camera shake and blurring, which will help smooth out handheld or shoulder-mount shots on documentary or run-and-gun projects. Behind the lens mount, an integrated ND filter wheel in 2, 4 and 6 stops allows for precise exposure control. The EVA1 also allows the IR Cut filter to be swung out of the path to the sensor at the push of a button. Unique photographic effects and night vision imagery are possible with this control over infrared.

Inputs and outputs

As a professional video production tool, the EVA1 offers dual balanced XLR audio inputs and 4K-capable video outputs in both HDMI and SDI. In a future firmware upgrade, EVA1 will offer 5.7K RAW output to 3rd party recorders.

The EVA1 will ship this autumn for under €8,000 (body only).

Key features

Sensor

  • Super-35
  • 5.7K
  • Dual native ISO
  • Beautiful colorimetry

Processing

  • 4K60p / 2k up to 240p
  • 422 10-bit
  • Video codec up to 400 Mbps for robust recording
  • V-log & V-gamut
  • SD card recording
  • 5.7K Raw output (future update)
Lens/image path
  • EF mount
  • Electronic image stabilization (EIS)
  • IR cut In/out
  • ND filter wheel (2/4/6 stops)

Other

  • XLR audio
  • HDMI and SDI 4K video outputs
  • 1.2 kilograms
  • 6.69" x 5.31" x 5.23" (LxHxW)

 

For more information on Panasonic Broadcast & ProAV, please visit http://business.panasonic.eu/broadcast-and-proav


GTC sponsors ProAV have already had a look at the EVA1 and produced this first-impressions video review (before the press launch so some details were later clarified):

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