Panasonic Unveils Super-35 EVA1 Cinema Camera

At Cine Gear Expo 2017 Pansonic previewed the EVA1 cinema camera. First hints came at the 2017 NAB Show, now the new camera is revealed, positioned between the GH5 and the Varicam LT. The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor for capturing true cinematic images. Aimed at the independent shooter, the camera has an EF mount and records to SD cards.

The UA-EVI has a 5.7k, super-35 sensor.

The UA-EVI has a 5.7k, super-35 sensor.

Panasonic's newest entry to the digital cinematography sphere is the AU-EVA1 camera. Compact and lightweight, the EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well suited for documentaries, commercials and music videos. “For cinema-style acquisition, we realized there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said 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.” 

In what is becoming the de facto standard in the indie market the camera uses the 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 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.

One of the key features of the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, and VariCam Pure 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.

Weighing only 1.2kg (2.65 lb) for the body with a compact form factor  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. Therewill also be numerous mounting points and Panasonic is currently working with top accessory makers to allow further customization with the EVA1.

SD Cards

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 4:2:2, even in 4K at bit rate to 400 Mb/s. For high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers 2K up to 240-fps. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the EVA1’s release.

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 Fall for under $8,000 (body only).

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