Panasonic is teasing a new addition to their Varicam lineup with this image, to be introduced on February 11. They are also sending out invitations for press events about the new Varicam to be held at various venues around the world on February 10—with one of them being held in Hollywood. It’s very clear that there’s going to be a new professional camera from Panasonic, which obviously won’t be a GH5 (or maybe that will be announced, too?). Panasonic has been taking a step back from the large sensor camera market after their introduction of the AF100 many years ago, until the introduction of their super-high end Varicam 35 much more recently, which aims to be an Arri Alexa competitor at a similar price level. I expect the new Varicam to be a lower-end camera, but we have yet to see whether it will take on cameras like the Canon C300 Mark II or Sony F5, or the below-$10,000 crowd like the Sony FS7. Also, it remains to be seen if this will be another Micro 4/3 camera from Panasonic, or if they acknowledge the de-facto standard, Super35mm. The Varicam 35 comes with a Super35 sensor, so my hopes are intact that a lower-end model might feature the same sensor size. Of course, that would mean Panasonic’s very own Micro 4/3 lenses would be unusable on this new Varicam, making a 35mm sensor the less plausible option of the two, to say the least. In the end there’s no point in speculating—let’s see what they have in store for us in about two weeks! In the meantime, what are you guys hoping for from this new release?Read more
It has been almost a year to the date since Panasonic announced its 4K Varicam, and now first footage which was shot in different environments and lighting conditions has been unveiled by Panasonic. Priced in the same league as Arri’s ALEXA (around $60k) it will be interesting to see how the camera will be accepted in this very competitive market. The Cinema5D crew will be at IBC and Photokina to bring you the latest news from both show floors – let’s see if there will be an actual 4K Varicam product being introduced by Panasonic. Source: dslrnewsshooter.com Varicam 35: First Look from Varicam on Vimeo.Read more
From Panasonic press release NAB 2014: PANASONIC UNVEILS THIRD-GENERATION VariCam HS WITH 1080P HIGH-SPEED AVC-ULTRA RECORDING TO 240FPS Provides 12-bit 4:4:4 AVC-ULTRA Acquisition for Field Mastering and Archiving, Plus Efficient 4:2:2 10-Bit Recording ForDocumentaries and Sports; Innovative Modular Design Allows Cameras to Dock with Common Recording ModuleRead more
Let’s be honest, Panasonic has been a bit slow out of the gates with camera announcements. Since the release of the Panasonic AF100, we’ve seen nothing in the large sensor video department; users have had to rely on their stills division to head up both large sensor acquisition, and 4K. That’s not to say we haven’t seen evidence of products ticking along in the background, we’ve seen a prototype 4K Super35mm camera popping up at last year’s NAB and IBC. Watch the below video where we caught up with Panasonic at the Amsterdam show:Read more
We had a chance to talk to Panasonic Europe representative Aisling Magill about their 4K future. As we have already reported (click here), they have announced that they are working on a 4K Super35 Varicam which will be released in about one year. Detailed specs aren’t known yet as it’s a work-in-progress (it only seems it will be able to do 120 fps at a bare minimum, maybe more).Read more
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