Panasonic previews their new AU-EVA1 5.7k S35 cinema camera – $8000

panasonic EVA1

At Cinegear 2017, Panasonic previewed their new 5.7k S35 cinema camera to a packed audience at the Paramount Theatre.

The 5.7k camera records internal 4K, UHD, 2k, and 720p to an all-i codec with 422 10-bit color space up to 400mbps.  That’s the type of on board recording the new Canon C200 is missing from it’s feature set.

Panasonic AU-EVA1

The EVA1 uses inexpensive SDXC cards which should help get these cameras into more shooters hands.  Also outfitted with a Canon EF Mount, this camera is aimed squarely at the C200, and FS7 market.

The EVA1 features the dual ISO technology in the Varicam 35 and Varicam LT.  Panasonic is currently evaluating and testing the sensor to determine the exact ISO specifications.

In the presentation at Cinegear, Panasonic indicated it will have color profiles to match the Varicam look as well as the GH5, making it easy for this camera to be a B-camera to a Varicam shoot, or an A-Camera with a GH5 as a b-camera.

Where this camera really shines is the size and weight.  It’s tiny, at 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg / body) with a compact form factor (6.69” x 5.31” x 5.23”).   Paired with the color science of the Varicam, this will be the go to gimbal camera for Varicam shoots.

With a future upgrade, RAW 5.7k out will be available and working on select external recorders.  They have not stated which ones yet, but I hope they are speaking with Atomos and Convergent Design.

More to come as the camera is expected to finished in the Fall of 2017.