Panasonic Takes Aim at Sony’s FS7 with the New Panasonic EVA1 Cinema Camera

Updated 8/3/17: Panansonic has announced official pricing for the AU-EVA1 will be set at 7,495 dollars. Complete updated information is available at
Last week at Cine Gear Expo 2017, Panasonic revealed details regarding the AU-EVA1, their new cinema camera teased at NAB earlier this year. As previously reported, the EVA1 is positioned between the Lumix GH5 and the VariCam LT 4K and targets run-and-gun, documentary and independent filmmakers.
“For cinema-style acquisition, we realized there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said Panasonic Cinema Product Manager Mitch Gross. “With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications.”
The EVA1 will be equipped with a newly developed 5.7K Super35 sensor capable of capturing more color information than 4K sensors. The new sensor promises sharper and more accurate images at 4K resolutions all the way down to 720p. 
Dual Native ISO, a distinguishing feature in the VariCam line, will also be included in the EVA1. The technology allows more information to be extracted from the sensor without losing image quality, so users can switch between standard and high sensitivity without encountering additional noise or artifacting. Dual Native ISO promises to give the EVA1 the flexibility needed to work in a variety of lighting situations, but the final ISO specification for the camera are still being determined.
Continuing Panasonic’s emphasis on flexibility and image quality, the EVA1 will contain V-Log and V-Gamut along with the same colorimetry of the VariCam line. Additionally, the EVA1 will be capable of recording 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Frame rates of up to 240 frames per second are possible in 2K. The EVA1 records at up to 400 megabits per second to SD cards and includes HDMI and SDI 4K video outputs. Panasonic promises 5.7K Raw output to external recorders in a future update.
Built for run-and-gun applications, the EVA1 weighs in at 2.65 pounds and measures 6.69 x 5.31 x 5.23 inches. The camera will use the EF lens mount and will feature Electronic Image Stabilization to compensate for shake or blurring from shooting handheld. 
In addition to an integrated ND filter covering 2, 4 and 6 stops, the camera will also allow for the IR Cut filter to be moved out of the image path to achieve unique effects and nightvision imagery. For audio recording, the EVA1 includes dual balanced XLR inputs.
The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is scheduled to become available in Fall 2017 for under 8,000 dollars. For more information, visit
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