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Panasonic Previews AU-EVA1 5.7K Super 35mm Cinema Camera

The AU-EVA1 is a 5.7K cinema camera whose feature set positions it between Panasonic's Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. 6/05/2017 11:30 AM Eastern

At the Cine Gear Expo trade show in Hollywood over the weekend, Panasonic previewed its AU-EVA1, a 5.7K cinema camera, whose feature set positions it between Panasonic's Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, though its feature set will fully support documentary, commercial and music videos applications as well.

"For cinema-style acquisition, we realized there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT," says Panasonic Cinema product manager Mitch Gross. "With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications."

Panasonic AU-EVA1

The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor. 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 color information results in a finer, more accurate finished image.

One of the key features of the VariCam 35, VariCam LT and VariCam Pure cameras is Dual Native ISO. Utilizing 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 a standard sensitivity to a 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.

The ability to capture accurate colors 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 high dynamic range and broad colors. V-Log has log curve characteristics that are somewhat reminiscent of negative film, and V-Gamut delivers a color space even larger than film. The EVA1 will also import the colorimetry of the VariCam line.

Panasonic AU-EVA1

Weighing 2.65 lb. (body only) with a compact form factor (6.69" x 5.31" x 5.23") and a removable handgrip, the 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. Panasonic is currently working with accessory makers to allow further customization with the EVA1.

Ideal for indie filmmakers, the EVA1 records to lower-cost SD cards. The camera can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 4:2:2, even in 4K. For high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers 2K up to 240 fps. The camera can record at up to 400 Mb/s. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the EVA1's release this fall.

The camera utilizes a native EF lens mount, giving shooters access to the broad EF lens ecosystem, including dozens of cinema-style prime and zoom lenses from numerous manufacturers. Electronic Image Stabilization (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.

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 third-party recorders.

The EVA1 is expected to ship in the fall at a price just under $8,000 (body only).

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