The EVA-lution of the Panasonic Cinema Camera Line-Up
Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well-suited for documentaries, events, commercials, and music videos. "For cinema-style acquisition, we realized there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT. With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications." - Cinema Product Manager Mitch Gross
Cinematic Run and Gun
Weighing only 2.6 lb (1.2 kg / body) with a compact form factor (6.69" x 5.31" x 5.23") and a 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 customization with the EVA1.
5.7K Super 35 mm Sensor
The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35 mm sized sensor for capturing true cinematic images. By starting at a higher native resolution, the 5.7K sensor yields a higher resolving image when down sampled 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. 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. The EVA1 will include Dual Native ISO*1.
V-Log / V-Gamut
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 high dynamic range and broad colours. V-Log has log curve characteristics that some would say are 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.
The EVA1 utilizes 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.
E.I.S. & Integrated ND Filters
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.
Low-Cost Media / SD Card Recording
The EVA1 records to readily-available, lower-cost SD cards and can record in several formats and compression rates, with up to 10-bit 4:2:2, even in 4K. For high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers 2K up to 240-fps. In terms of bitrates, you can record up to 400-Mbps for robust recording. 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.
*1 The final ISO specifications for the EVA1 will be announced Fall 2017.