InCinematographer - Issue 1 - June 2017 - 6
www.incinematographer.com | Issue 1 | June 2017
Camera Creates Buzz
Panasonic created some excitement at Cine Gear when it previewed
the Compact 5.7K Super 35mm AU-EVA1 Cinema Camera...
he Panasonic AU-EVA1, is a 5.7K cinema camera
is positioned between the Panasonic Lumix GH5
4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema
Compact and lightweight, it is designed 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
The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super
35mm-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 or less. The increased
color information results in a finer, more accurate
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. 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, although 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/VGamut 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
celebrated colorimetry of the VariCam line.
Weighing in at 2.65lbs (1.2Kg, body-only)
with a compact form factor (6.69 x 5.31 x
5.23 inches) and with 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. Numerous mounting
points are promised and Panasonic is currently
working with top accessory makers to allow further
customization with the EVA1.
Pitching the EVA1 as "ideal for indie filmmakers" -
a sector where Panasonic once held sway - it 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. For
high-speed capture, the EVA1 offers 2K up to 240fps.
In terms of bitrates, the camera can record up to
400Mbps for robust recording.
Further details and a complete breakdown of
recording formats will be available at the time of the
EVA1's final release.
For lensing, the camera utilizes a native EFmount, 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
The compact 5.7K Super 35mm
Panasonic AU-EVA1 has an EF lens mount
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.
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 third party recorders.
The EVA1 is expected to start shipping this Fall.
"I think you're going to see a lot of
people shooting documentary style
work with the EVA1 - talking head
interviews and B-roll shots in the field"
Mitch Gross, Panasonic