Panasonic have surprised us with a brand new camera at this year’s Cine Gear Expo. Called the AU-EVA1, it’s a 5.7K EF mount cinema camera that weighs just 1.2kg and shoots to low cost SD cards.
Positioned between the GH5 and the VariCam LT 4K, the AU-EVA1 is designed for handheld shooting of documentaries, music videos, adverts and the like. The camera’s small size and light weight mean it’s also good for gimbal and rig mounted shooting.
The AU-EVA1 has a 5.7K Super 35mm size sensor, delivering an image that can be sampled down to 4K, UHD, 2K or even 720p. The camera is capable of shooting 10-bit 422, with RAW output to be added in a future update. The AU-EVA1 can shoot 4K 60p and 2K at up to 240p.
Like the Varicam LT, the AU-EVA1 is capable of dual native ISO, a technology that allows you to extract more information from the sensor increasing the level of noise or artefacts in the film, leading to crisper images and better low light performance.
Also imported from the VariCam range is V-Log/V-Gamut capture, which gives you high dynamic range, bolder colours and more realistic skin tones – the log curves of V-Log are reminiscent of those of negative film, and V-Gamut delivers a colour space even larger than that of film.
Port-wise, you get 4K HDMI and SDI outputs, plus two balanced XLR audio inputs so you can get professional quality audio.
Prices are yet to be completely confirmed, but Panasonic have promised us a body only camera this autumn for under €8000.
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This camera is on the same level as Sony’s FS5 and FS7, and comparable to the also-recently-released Canon C200, (a whole 200g heavier and with Cinema RAW Light support already built in; shoots Full HD at up to 120 fps HFR).
The EVA1 is expected to ship in October, but you can pre-order yours here. If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.