Panasonic AU-EVA1 Unveiled – Compact, Rich in Features and Under $8000

Hot on the heels of the Canon C200 announcement, Panasonic has finally disclosed more details about their modestly-priced new camera, the Panasonic AU-EVA1. The “mystery camera” we reported on during NAB 2017 has become something very realistic and interesting indeed!

It’s Cine Gear Expo time here at the Paramount studios in Los Angeles and Panasonic’s Mitch Gross has seized the opportunity to disclose many more details about their new EVA1 camera. Let us share with you what we currently know:

Sensor

  • Super 35
  • 5.7K
  • Dual Native ISO – Panasonic’s method to extract more information from the sensor without degrading the image
  • Advanced Colorimetry

Lens/Image Path

  • Native EF Mount
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS)
  • IR Cut In/Out (Panasonic claims that “Unique photographic effects and night vision imagery are possible with this control over infrared”
  • Integrated ND Filter Wheel (2/4/6 stops)

Processing

  • 4K60p / 2K up to 240p
  • 4:2:2 10-bit
  • The camera can record in several formats and compression rates. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the EVA1’s release.
  • Video Codec up to 400 Mbps
  • V-log & V-gamut
  • 4K outputs in both HDMI and SDI simultaneously
  • SD Card Recording
  • 5.7K Raw Output to third-party recorders via a future update.
  • Dual native ISO

Other

  • XLR Audio Inputs
  • HDMI & SDI 4K Video Outputs
  • Removable handgrip (for easy mounting on drones, gimbal rigs or jib arms)
  • Timecode in/out
  • LCD sun shade included
  • Compact form factor and lightweight –  1.2kg/42.3 oz. (body only)
  • 6.69“ x 5.31“ x 5.23“ / 17cm x 13.5cm x 13.3cm (LxHxW)

The camera will cost under $8000 (body only) and will be available during Fall later this year.

Summary

As we can see, within the Panasonic video product line, the new EVA1 sits comfortably between the new GH5 and Varicam LT. Price-wise, will be competing head to head with the new Canon C200 and the first-generation Sony FS7. Specifications and features like size, light weight, 5.7K sensor, 4K60p (2K up to 240p), dual native ISO and a robust video codec up to 400 Mbps will surely appeal to many independent filmmakers. As a side note, in regards to the Dual Native ISO feature, Nela Pertl – Panasonic’s Europe/Middle East/Africa Marketing Manager – has said that the camera is currently being tested to determine final ISO specifications.

For additional information about the new camera please head to Panasonic’s web site by clicking here

If you are from Europe, you can now Pre-Order the Panasonic AU-EVA1 by clicking here

What do you think about that new Panasonic AU- EVA1 camera. Are you happy to see those specifications and will you be considering it as your primary filming tool?

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