Panasonic's new compact cinema camera will show at IBC

Panasonic AU-EVA1
Neal Romanek
Acquisition
August 23rd 2017 at 5:13PM : By Neal Romanek

The AU-EVA1 is ready for full broadcast 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD. It will also do 4K

Panasonic's new AU-EVA1 is a compact 5.7K Super 35mm cinema camera that fills the large gap in the Panasonic range between the Lumix GH5 4K DSLR and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera.

"It is like the old AF-101, but on steroids with higher-end codecs,” said Richard Payne, head of technology, Holdan, who is distributing the EVA1.

The camera, on show at IBC2017, has a native EF mount and the same dual ISO capabilities as the VariCam, using two signal paths - one with high gain and one with low gain.

“It means you can get higher ISO output with lower noise,” said Payne. “It is very lightweight, just 1.2kg.”

The AU-EVA1 is ready for full broadcast 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD. It will also do 4K, and offers the same colourimetry and V-log gamma as the VariCam. It has an infrared filter which can be switched in and out, enabling IR recording at night. There will be a choice of long GoP or Intraframe MPEG-4 codecs, with up to 240 fps recording in HD and up to 60fps in 4K, to dual SD card slots.

Payne expects it to offer 5.7K Raw output to Atomos and other external recorders. It comes with a grip, top handle and an LCD touchscreen, but no electronic viewfinder (an optional extra). It should cost less than €8,000 and will ship after IBC.