Panasonic’s Newest Camera: the AU-EVA1
On the heels of the Canon C200 announcement, Panasonic has announced their next cinema camera, the EVA1.
After much anticipation and speculation, Panasonic has released the official specs for its next camera in the C200, FS5, and FS7 market. Although the camera doesn’t release until the fall, the team at Panasonic offered a first glimpse at the CineGear Expo, and it seems that Panasonic has finally stepped back into the independent film market. After spending years dominating the indie scene with the HVX and DVX cameras, they have returned with what looks to be a very competitive and exciting camera. Let’s break down the camera’s five most exciting features.
Many of us own multiple EF mount lenses. The native EF mount makes working with your own collection of lenses easier — and it creates options for some quality glass. Unlike the Sony FS5 or FS7, the Panasonic EVA1 makes mounting EF glass a breeze. The fact that you won’t have to run an EF mount adapter with this camera is huge. There are many manufacturers that make excellent EF-mounted glass.
Panasonic’s engineers really did their research to offer the best 4k image possible. Their team found that sampling the image at 5.7k and recording at 4k will offer the best possible image. This process will also offer more color information to your 4K image, giving you more in the color grade.
Dual Native ISO
When Panasonic announced the VariCam, one of the most exciting features was the dual native ISO. The fact that you could have a high ISO (e.g. 4000) was monumental. The EVA1 will feature this option as well. Although the exact numbers are still a mystery, this feature is exciting. This camera will see a lot of documentary and lowlight work that will benefit from this feature.
4K at 60p
This camera features wonderful slow motion capability. As a base, this camera offers 4k at 60p, but it’s capable of up to 240fps at a 2k resolution. Packaging these features into such a small machine, makes this camera a stronger contender than its competitors.
400 Mbps Recording
With a max recording rate of 400 mbps, the Panasonic EVA1 features a data rich recording rate. A data rate with this much information hearkens back to the Canon C300 Mark II; a rate this high in a package this small is an excellent combination and will give you plenty of information to work with.
The Panasonic EVA1 is poised to be an excellent production camera. It offers a lot of promising features that will help it compete in the C200, FS5, and FS7 market.
- 5.7K sensor
- Super 35mm-sized sensor
- 4K, UHD and HD at 60p
- 240 frames per second 2K and HD
- Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
- ND filter wheel in 2, 4, and 6 stops plus IR filter
- Dual Native ISO
- Dual XLR Input
- Under $8,000 US
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