Filmmakers are eagerly awaiting the release of Panasonic’s new compact 5.7K cinema camera that is set to be released this month. The AU-EVA1 camera will be a great affordable alternative to the VariCam as it is priced at $7,495. The EVA1 will be the newest entry into the sub $8,000 4K cinema cameras, and is set to go head-to-head with the Canon C200, the Sony FS7, and the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro.
The EVA1 can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10bit 4:2:2 in 4K. For in-camera recording, you can capture in DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), Full HD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720). In a future firmware upgrade, EVA1 will offer All Intra compression for in-camera recording and 5.7K RAW output to third party recorders.
The EVA1’s 5.7K 35mm sensor delivers nearly twice as many photosites than 4K, which will yield crystal clear images with increased color information when downsampled to 4K, UHD, 2K, or even 720p. Panasonic claims that the increased color information will result in a finer, more accurate finished image.
The EVA1 weighs in at only 2.65lbs with a compact form factor of 6.69” H x 5.31” W x 5.23” D, making it perfect to use with a drone, gimbal, or jib arm. The camera does not include an EVF, which means shooters will have to only rely on the LCD screen to capture images.
Additional Panasonic EVA 1 Features:
- 5.7K Super 35mm sensor
- Dual Native ISO 800/2,500, expandable to 25,600 with internal gain
- Native EF lens mount
- 4K 10bit, 4:2:2 processing
- Records 4K up to 60fps
- Records 2K up to 240fps
- Dual SD card slots
- Electronic IBIS
- SDI & HDMI video outputs
- Detachable handle & rotary grip
- Touch panel LCD monitor & rotating LCD mount
- 14 stop dynamic range
- V-log & V-Gamut capture
- Electronic image stabilization
- 2/4/6 stop built-in ND filter wheel
- Electronic on/off mechanism for IR-cut filter
- Video assist tools including Peaking, Expand, Waveform, Zebras, Spotmeter, and Focus Squares.
- One Shot push focus
Watch “Radio 88”, a short film that showcases the Panasonic AU-EVA1, directed by Johnny Derango and produced by Panasonic with help from Stray Angel Films:
Check out this Q&A video to hear what Johnny Derango had to say about using the Panasonic EVA1: