New York — At its annual pre-NAB press conference, Panasonic gave a glimpse at some of the products they will be showing at NAB this year, including the company’s first 4K cinema camera.
The VariCam 35 features a new super 35mm MOS sensor for native 4096 (17:9) 4K images, and AVC-Ultra in multiple formats, including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and 4K Raw.
The 4K camera head is separate but dockable to the recording module. It’s expandable with an umbilical cable so the 35mm, 4K camera and AVC Ultra recorder can be used as a “box” camera on jibs, cranes and for other remote camera needs.
It also shares the same recorder with Panasonic’s other new VariCam, the VariCam HS, which is designed for high-speed needs, like sports and news production.
According to Panasonic, the Varicam 35’s advanced color management capabilities support the ACES workflow. It also offers wireless workflows for control, metadata management and remote viewing/logging.
The VariCam 35 features simultaneous 4K/HD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring/editing ease. There is variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps.
The electronic viewfinder is a newly-developed OLED display offering high contrast “super nice blacks” and the ability to optically zoom in – built with older eyes in mind, they say.
The camera has a removable control panel to facilitate realtime control and easy access when the camera is in a fixed position. There is also a standard 35mm PL mount. Pro interfaces include 3G-HDSDI x4 for 4K Quad output, 3G-HDSDI x2 for Raw output for external recording and HDSDI out for monitoring.
The VariCam 35 is equipped with four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. There is also a new expressP2 one-slot drive that helps with fast offload from the expressP2 card at speeds up to 2.4Gbps.
While the camera is suited for film and commercials, Panasonic expects it to be used for all sorts of productions.
Pricing has not been set and the camera will ship in the fall.
In addition to the VariCam cameras, Panasonic announced that its first P2 HD handheld camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording is to begin shipping. They also mentioned their 4K monitor, which was introduced in December, and introduced a new live switcher.
For details on all the new products check out www.panasonic.com/broadcast.