Both models boast an inventive design whereby the 4K (AU-V35C1) and 2⁄3" (AU-V23HS1) camera heads are separate from but dockable to the recording module (AU-VREC1), enabling users to switch between whichever head best suits the project at hand. The flexibility can be further expanded with an umbilical cable between the camera head and recorder, providing box functionality for jibs, cranes and other remote camera heads.
The VariCam 35 boasts superb image handling in multiple formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-Ultra 4K, and 2K and FHD in AVC-Intra 100/200. The camera’s super 35mm MOS sensor, which enables 4096x2160 4K capture, provides 14+ stops of latitude and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide-dynamic-range imagery. Powerful color-management capabilities provide an extended color gamut for further image fidelity, and support of the Academy Color Encoding System enables fully faithful mastering of original source material.
Among the VariCam 35’s top-level production features are a standard 35mm PL mount; real-time high-frame-rate variable-speed 4K recording up to 120 fps, providing the capability for master-level 2K/FHD recording; and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring/editing ease. The camera also features a newly developed OLED electronic viewfinder with optical zoom functionality, and 14-bit LPCM audio for in-camera audio master recording. Professional interfaces include 3G-HD-SDI x4 for 4K Quad output, 3G-HD-SDI x2 for raw output, an HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K) and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit 48KHz audio.
The VariCam HS utilizes three newly developed 1920x1080p MOS imagers with 14 stops of dynamic range, providing full control over a wide range of lighting conditions. The HS system boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equi-band full-resolution color processing for critical applications. Among the camcorder’s key features are real-time high-frame-rate and off-speed recording up to 240 fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra 100), plus the ability to change frame rates while recording. Image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new Log recording capability allow precise creative control over image parameters. The VariCam HS also features Panasonic’s Emmy Award-winning Chromatic Aberration Compensation technology to minimize lateral chromatic aberrations and improve the Modulation Transfer Function of the optical system.
The VariCam HS features a range of high-quality recording formats, including AVC-Intra 100 (recording as 1080/24p, 30p or 60p format with VFR, up to 240p), AVC-Intra 200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra 4:4:4 (up to 30p). Professional interfaces on the VariCam HS include RGB 4:4:4, a 3G-HD-SDI out to support 1080/60p, an HD-SDI out for monitoring, and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. The camera’s 2⁄3" B4 lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of prime lenses and servo zooms.
Both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS will utilize Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high-frame-rate (VariCam HS) and 4K (VariCam 35) recording. The camera recording module unit is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content, or about 32 minutes of 240p 1080 HD video; the microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.
The VariCam 35 and VariCam HS will launch this fall, with pricing to be announced.