Panasonic VariCam Cameras
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The VariCam line of cameras has been used on a wide variety of movies, commercials, and TV programs, and is renowned for its color reproduction, look, and for bringing progressive workflows to the modern production industry.
Now the Varicam 35 and LT have arrived. Drawing on the traditions of the original Varicam line, VariCam 35 and LT help its users create emotion with its amazing latitude, wide color gamut, and 4K resolution. They also revolutionize workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording, in-camera color grading, and a modular design.
The feature-rich VariCams are ready to create emotion for your next project.
Building on the esteemed VariCam® legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects. Panasonic offers 3 VariCams, two for 4K camera (VariCam 35, LT) that incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor; and the third, a 2/3" camera (VariCam HS) that features high-speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications.
Their next-generation modular two-piece design(35/HS) will deliver unprecedented flexibility, allowing you to move between the worlds of cinema, TV episodic, sports, documentary, and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies.
The VariCam 35/LT are exceptional tools for high-end filmmaking, commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events. The cameras provides superb image handling in multiple formats ranging from pristine 4K RAW(35) to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K, HD and HD ProRes capture. Several assets set the VariCam 35/LT apart from other high-end cinematography cameras, including dual native ISOs of 800 and 5000, allowing DPs to realize incredible image quality in dramatically low light situations; the ability to record simultaneous video formats (4K + 2K + Proxy, or UHD + HD + Proxy); an optional high-speed 4K uncompressed RAW recorder (CODEX) that captures uncompressed 4K VariCam 35 RAW (V-RAW) at up to 120fps; internal AVC-Intra 4K / 2K / HD recording to 120fps; support for an ACES workflow for full fidelity mastering of original source material; and in-camera Color-Grading via CDLs / 3D LUTs.
VARICAM LT, 35, and HS Camera Control Panel Simulators
VariCam Camera Simulator is the simulator program designed to support users to simulate the control using Control Panel for VariCam 35, VariCam 35 with Codex V-RAW Recorder, VariCam HS.
The VariCam LT's features superb image handling in multiple formats ranging from pristine 4K, UHD, 2K, HD, AVC-Intra and ProRes capture formats making it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, commercials, episodic production and live 4K events.
VariCam LT's Key Features:
The Cinema VariCam LT features outstanding image quality that allows you to achieve your "VISION". The advanced grading tools, in-camera dailies and proxy recording capabilities that are built into the VariCam LT are a "REVOLUTION" in streamlining workflow.
The VariCam LT has a compact and lightweight magnesium body and offers same picture quality specifications as the larger VariCam 35 cinema camera. The super 35mm image sensor, which is the same imager as VariCam 35, features wide dynamic range, an expansive color gamut, and high sensitivity for 4K image acquisition. It has dual native ISO settings of 800 and 5000. The native 5000 ISO allows for clean shooting in very low light situations. Its size and design facilitate a wide array of shooting styles including comfortable ergonomic shoulder mounted operation or use on gimbals and drones.
Dual Native ISO of 800/5000
The VariCam LT has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means the VariCam LT achieves very high sensitivity while maintaining a low noise level at 5000 ISO. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. In order to achieve this function two dedicated analog circuits are implemented on every pixel of the imager of the VariCam LT for each native ISO before gain processing. This allows the camera to achieve much higher sensitivity without increased noise. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality is revolutionary for low light scene shooting. Especially this ISO 5000 enable to capture under the natural light keeping the mood making more realistic.
14+ Stops of Wide Latitude
The camera has a dynamic range of 14+ stops. This wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image, from dark areas to highlights. Even in very dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, the VariCam LT provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality. “V-Log” is capable of creating the 14+ stops of dynamic range offered by the VariCam LT image sensor, greatly enhancing look creation capability.
Native 4K/60p Shooting
The maximum frame rate when recording in 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840x2160) resolution is 60p (60fps). This produces smooth, high-resolution images when recording fast-moving action scenes.
2K/HD 240p Slow Motion
When shooting in 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920x1080) resolution, high-speed 240 fps recording can be used to produce an extreme slow-motion effect. This is achieved by cropping the image sensor recording area in order to achieve a faster scanning speed. Variable frame rates are available from 1 to 120 fps in AVC-Intra 2K422 and from 120 to 240 fps in AVC-Intra 2K-LT. The frame rate can be changed while recording.
Infrared Shooting (IR)
The Cinema VariCam LT has an integrated, detachable IR cut filter. User can do the IR shooting to record 4K images in dark unlit nightscapes. This is ideal for capturing nocturnal wildlife and other scenes with no illumination. Also, the IR filter can be used in daylight as a creative tool for achieving a unique look.
Detachable Control Panel with Monitor
The supplied control panel has a built-in 3.5 type LCD display panel. It can be used for menu operation or as a live/preview monitor. The keys and dials are laid out around the display for quick and accurate operation. Frequently used settings can be accessed directly. The detachable structure allows the camera to be operated from a distance of up to 90 cm.
Standard HD SDI Interface for EVF The VariCam LT has a regular BNC connector for the View Finder. Users can select from various HD monitors or viewfinders in addition to the new Panasonic View Finder (AU-VCVF10G). The DC power and command control connectors for the Panasonic VF are also provided.
One new feature that has been added to the VariCam LT is the EF lens*1 mount which offers a wide array of lens choices. The EF mount*1 can be removed by an end user and replaced with a PL mount (optional). This allows for even greater versatility in lens selection when shooting with the VariCam LT.
The VariCam LT workflow is very similar to that of the VariCam 35. Both cameras have a dual codec recording function that allows the user to record a primary or “main” codec as well as a smaller proxy file. In addition, each camera offers an in-camera color grading function and support for AVC-Intra 4K and Apple ProRes*2 codecs. Join the “REVOLUTION” and achieve your perfect “VISION”.
*1: Panasonic does not guarantee the compatibility or performance of all EF lenses.
*2: ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec is from Atomos under license.
The use of DCF Technologies is under license from Multi-Format, Inc.
The VariCam 35 features superb image handling in multiple formats ranging from pristine 4K RAW to 4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes capture formats making it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, commercials, episodic production and live 4K events. The VariCam 35 system includes AU-V35C1G s35mm 4k camera head, the AU-VREC1G recorder, AU-VCVF1G OLED viewfinder, and the AU-VSHL1G shoulder pad/tripod mount.
VariCam 35's Key Features:
S35MM 4096 X 2160 Advanced MOS Imager
Native ISOs of 800 and 5000
14+ Stops of Latitude
Variable Frame Rate — 1 to 120 fps in 4K
Records simultaneous 4K/ 2K/Proxy, or UHD/HD/Proxy + Raw to Codex (option)
Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 and ProRes HQ Built-in
AVC-Intra Codecs — Class 100 / Class 200 / Class 4:4:4
2-piece Modular Design (docks to AU-VREC1G recording module)
14+ Stops of Latitude
The dynamic range is 14+ stops. The wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image area, from dark parts to highlights. Even in dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, the VariCam 35 provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality.
Dual Native ISO
The VariCam has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means VariCam achieves dynamic range at 5000 nearly identical to that at 800. Two dedicated analog circuits are implemented to VariCam for each native ISO before its gain process and it achieves much higher sensitivity without increasing noise while normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality will be useful for low light scene shooting.
4K-Optimized Internal Optical Filter
The VariCam 35 has a high-precision internal optical filter made by bonding an optical low-pass filter and IR glass and providing it with a UV/IR-cut coating (membrane). The low-pass filter is tuned for 4K, so it eliminates aliasing and provides optimum resolution. The UV/IR-cut filter prevents ghosts and reddening in dark areas inside the camera unit. For frequently used ND filters, the compact body houses a rotary filter system with four filters (0.6ND, 1.2ND, 1.8ND, CLEAR) for easy switching.
Variable Frame Rate
Variable frame rate recording in the range of 1 fps to 120 fps. Overcranking (slow-motion) and undercranking (quick-motion) effects are also possible. Frame rate can be adjusted while shooting.
Multiple Codec 4K/UHD/2K/HD Recording
AVC-Intra 4K is a 4K-compatible version of the AVC-Intra, intra-frame compression codec that is suitable for cinema production. Using this codec, the VariCam LT can record 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. For 2K recording, the VariCam LT supports AVC-Intra 2K444/2K422/2K-LT. For HD recording, the VariCam LT supports AVC-Intra 444/422/100/LT and Apple ProRes 4444/HQ. Using the 256 GByte expressP2 card, the camera can record approximately 90 minutes of 23.98p 4K video with AVC-Intra 4K422.
* ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec from Atomos under license. Atomos is trademark and copyright of Atomos Global Pty. Ltd.
In-camera Color Grading
The VariCam LT features an in-camera color grading function (3D LUT/CDL). This enables color tuning on set as well as in the field when using the camera control panel or 3rd party software. This means dailies which had been created after shooting can now be produced on set with the camera. Grading information such as 3D LUT files and CDL files can be recorded together with the image data, allowing you to provide the same vision that you created on set to the editorial staff.
Main and Proxy Recording
In addition to the main codec recording the VariCam LT has the ability to record files to an SD memory card. This feature lets you record an ungraded 4K master with V-Log in the main expressP2 card recorder while simultaneously recording graded HD files on the SD memory card. The primary recording data is used to create deliverables while the proxy recordings are used for viewing or off-line editing. The file name and time code of each file will match exactly.
Building on the esteemed VariCam® legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects. Panasonic offers two VariCams, one a 4K camera (VariCam 35) that incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor; the second, a 2/3" camera (VariCam HS) that features high-speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications.
Their next-generation modular two-piece design will deliver unprecedented flexibility, allowing you to move between the worlds of cinema, TV episodic, sports, documentary, and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies.
VariCam HS's Key Features:
Drawing on the traditions and concept of the original VariCam line, VariCam HS helps its users capture action with its 2/3 3MOS and bayonet lens mount, continuous 240fps recording, and also revolutionizes workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording, in-camera color grading, and a modular design.
Newly-developed 1920 x 1080p 3MOS imagers
240fps Variable Frame Rate Recording – 1 fps to 240 fps
14 Stops of Latitude
Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 and ProRes HQ Built-in
2/3-inch B4 bayonet mount
High-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100 (recording at 1080/24p, 30p or 60p format with Variable Frame Rates (up to 240p), AVC-Intra Class200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 (up to 30p)