Sydney, August 4, 2017– Following Panasonic’s international preview at the Los Angeles Cine Gear Expo in May this year, pricing and additional technical information has today been announced for the AU-EVA1EN 5.7K Compact Cinema Camera. The AU-EVA1EN is scheduled to start shipping in Australia in late 2017, and will be available from Panasonic Broadcast distributors and dealers at a recommended retail price (RRP) of $11,649.00 including GST. And with the final tweaking of the new sensor and processing system complete, the pixel count of 5720 H x 3016 V (17.25 million), Dual Native ISO ratings of 800 and 2,500, and 14-stops of dynamic range can also be confirmed.
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“In our VariCam Cinema Cameras, Dual Native ISO sensor technology opened up a whole new world to cinematographers. It allowed them to shoot, light and work in new ways not possible before,” noted Rob Myers, National Sales Manager, Broadcast, Panasonic Australia. “The inclusion of that proprietary technology in the AU-EVA1 means that they will be able to shoot in bright sunlight or night exteriors without compromising the image quality.” The newly-designed AU-EVA1 sensor is Super-35 sized (24.60mm x 12.97mm) with 5.7K resolution. With an active resolution of 5720 x 3016, the AU-EVA1 delivers more than 17.25 million photosites, nearly double the 8.8 million for 4K DCI (4096 x 2160). By starting at a higher native resolution, the 5.7K sensor yields a higher resolving image when down-sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K, or even 720p. Additionally, the increased color information results in a finer, more accurate finished image.
A key feature of Panasonic VariCam cameras, Dual Native ISO utilises a process that allows the sensor to be read in a fundamentally different way, extracting more information without degrading the image. This results in a camera that can switch from a standard sensitivity to a high sensitivity with almost no increase in noise or other artifacts. Dual Native ISO has allowed cinematographers a greater variety of artistic choices as well as the ability to use less light on set, saving time and money. The EVA1’s Dual Native ISOs are 800 and 2,500, which will allow cinematographers to shoot in almost any lighting environment. The AU-EVA1 delivers 14-stops of Dynamic Range, enabling fine gradation in exposure from bright to dark. The ability to capture accurate colours and rich skin tones is a must for any filmmaker. The AU-EVA1 features full V-Log/V-Gamut capture to best utilise high dynamic range and broad colors. V-Log has a log curve characteristic that is HDR ready and V-Gamut delivers a color space that will cover BT.2020.
Weighing only 1.2kg (Body Only) with a compact form factor (135mm W x 170mm H x 133mm D) and a removable handgrip, the AU-EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications. Because of its compact form factor, it can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves. Panasonic is currently working with many top accessory manufacturers so that a full range of compatible accessories will be available at the time of the camera’s shipping, allowing further customisation of the AU- EVA1. “The AU-EVA1 is going to be one of our most flexible cameras yet” said Mathew Alexander, Product Marketing Manager, Broadcast, Panasonic Australia. “Its small size and ability to be stripped-down or built-up makes it an ideal camera for everything from corporate video, to music videos, drama, indie films, sports and live production. All while its powerful 5.7K sensor and 10-bit 4:2:2 processing system delivers unparalleled crystal clear images with rich color information. Even IR night shooting will be possible.” The included adjustable handgrip offers several controls, including Menu, REC start/stop, Iris and Two User Buttons. The AU-EVA1’s LCD screen is a 3.5” touch panel for menu selections, expand (image zoom) positioning and playback controls. The LCD has an adjustable backlight control, including a Power LCD mode for bright viewing conditions.
The camera utilises a native EF-mount, giving users access to the broad EF lens ecosystem, including dozens of cinema-style prime and zoom lenses from numerous manufacturers. Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) within the camera will counterbalance camera shake and blurring, enabling smooth movement for handheld shooting. There will also be full Iris Control, One-Push Auto Focus, and Lens Data. Behind the lens mount, an integrated ND filter wheel in two, four, and six stops allows for precise exposure control. The AU-EVA1 also allows the IR Cut 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. The ND filter and IR Cut filter operate electronically, allowing wireless remote control from smartphones and tablets. The AU-EVA1 will have a remote-control app for a tablet (iOS, Android) that enables users to control an EVA1 when the camera is on a camera crane, or remote location.
Ideal for indie filmmakers, the AU-EVA1 records to readily-available, lower-cost SD cards. With two SD card slots, you can capture footage either with Simul Rec (simultaneous dual record) or Relay Rec (continuous record). There’s also One Shot Record, which enables single frame video for stop motion capture. The camera can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 4:2:2 even in 4K. For in-camera recording, you can capture in 4K (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), Full HD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720). In a future firmware upgrade, the EVA1 will offer ALL Intra compression for in-camera recording and 5.7K RAW output to 3rd party recorders. For high-speed capture, the AU-EVA1 offers up to 59.94fps/50fps for 4K/UHD, up to 120fps/100fps for 2K/Full HD, or 240fps/200fps (cropped area). On first release, available bit rates will range from as low as 8Mbps up to 150Mbps, depending on frame rate, resolution, and codec. In a future firmware update, 400Mbps recording will be added.
As a professional video production tool, the AU-EVA1 contains several professional imaging tools, including Peaking, Expand (Image Zoom), Waveform, Zebras, and Spotmeter (Y-Get). EVA1 also utilizes Focus Squares, an array of green squares that grow in size when their local area appears to be sharp, to enable shooters to achieve critical focus. The AU-EVA1 offers dual balanced XLR audio inputs with *Dolby Audio™ encoding. The HDMI and SDI video outputs are both 4K-capable and each can be adjusted separately, allowing HD to be fed to a viewfinder or other third-party monitor while 4K is sent to an outboard recorder or monitor. The camera is also equipped with standard TimeCode functionality.