Panasonic’s New VariCams Shoot 4K and High-Speed Video

Panasonic VariCam 35

Panasonic has announced the two video cameras it will show at NAB 2014: a new 4K VariCam 35 and a VariCam HS (high-speed). Later this April Panasonic will show off its new 35mm camera that can shoot video in 4K RAW at up to 120p. The VariCam 35 will shoot 4096 x 2160 video in the AVC-ULTRA 4K format using a new Panasonic-made Super 35mm MOS sensor. On top of high-resolution video, the VariCam 35 can also be set across 14+ stops of dynamic range.

Panasonic also introduced a new VariCam high-speed camera with 2/3″ sensor, which can shoot 1080p footage up to 240fps. Both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS feature a modular design, allowing users to swap out parts of the camera including the camera head and recording module. Video professionals will be able to replace the sensor unit on Panasonic’s 4K cameras with its new 2/3″ 1080p camera module unit. Meanwhile, the VariCam HS can be outfitted with different camera heads between the 2/3″ and Super 35mm parts.

The two VariCam models are set to launch this fall but the pricing has yet to be announced. We’ll see more at NAB soon and until then stay tuned for more camera goodness, plus some specs after the break.

VariCam 35

  • 4096 x 2160 Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range
  • PL Mount
  • Internal 4K up to 120fps
  • Records 4K & UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K
  • Records 2K & HD in AVC-Intra 100/200
  • Capable of 4K RAW
  • 1.5 to 6 Mbps Proxies
  • Two expressP2 card slots (Record 130 minutes of 4K/24p with these cards)
  • Two microP2 card slots (for HD and 2K)
  • Four 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for 4K QUAD
  • Two 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for RAW
  • HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K)   Two XLR inputs can record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio
  • Removable Control Panel
  • OLED Viewfinder with Optical Zoom

VariCam HS

Panasonic VariCam HS

  • Three 1920 x 1080 2/3″ CMOS Sensors (Red, Green, Blue)
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • AVC-Intra Class 100 at 1080/24p/30p/60p with VFR (up to 240p)
  • AVC-Intra Class 200 up to 1080/30p/60i
  • 12-bit AVC-Intra Class 4:4:4 up to 1080/30p
  • 1.5 to 6 Mbps Proxies
  • Log, FilmRec, VideoRec and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) image contrast management controls
  • Two expressP2 card slots (32 minutes of 1080p 240fps)
  • Two microP2 card slots (Record HD/2K at more typical production frame rates)
  • RGB 4:4:4
  • One 3G-HD-SDI supports 1080/60p
  • HD-SDI out for monitoring
  • Two XLR inputs can record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio

Via No Film School

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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.