The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line.
It features a new 5.7K Super35 sensor (24.6 x 12.97mm). This results in a superb image when down sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K, or 720p. It also has Dual Native ISO similar to its bigger siblings in the VariCam line that lets you switch from 800 to 2,500 ISO with almost no increase in noise or other artifacts. The high ISO setting will be very useful on low light and night shoots. The included adjustable handgrip offers several controls: Menu, REC Start/Stop, Iris and 2 User Buttons. The EVA1’s LCD screen is a 3.5” touch panel with Menu selections, Expand (image zoom) and Playback. The LCD has an adjustable backlight control with a Power LCD mode for viewing in bright sunlight.
With grip attached, the EVA1 is a compact, lightweight handheld camera. Without the grip, the EVA1 will be at home on a drone, gimbal or remote head. There are also many mounting points incorporated into the camera.
The EVA1 records internally to SD cards in several formats and compression rates: up to 10-bit 4:2:2, 400 Mbps in 4K. For slow motion, it records 2K up to 240-fps. These high bit rates require at least a V60 rated SDXC card.
Behind the EF lens mount, there’s an ND filter wheel providing 2, 4, and 6 stop ND filtration. Interestingly, you can swing the IR Cut filter out of the way at the push of a button for unique photographic effects and night vision shots. The filters operate electronically, allowing wireless remote control from smartphones and tablets. EVA1 will have a remote-control app for a tablet (iOS, Android) that will be helpful when the camera is on a crane or remote head.
Connectors include dual balanced XLR audio inputs and 4K HDMI and SDI video outputs. In a future firmware upgrade, EVA1 will offer 5.7K RAW output for use with 3rd party external recorders.
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Battery Type||Panasonic AG-VBR|
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