Panasonic Releases Varicam 35 & HS Pricing

This past year at NAB 2014, Panasonic unveiled its long-rumored 4K Varicam. The Varicam 35 features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that can shoot 4K & 4K RAW images up to 120 fps. There’s also a new high speed (HS) version of the Varicam which has a 2/3″ chip and can shoot up to 240 fps at 1080p.

This past week, Panasonic released pricing information for both versions of the camera:

VariCam-35VariCam 35 complete package with AU-V35C1 4K camera module,
AU-VREC1 recording / control module,
AU-VCVF1 color viewfinder,
AU-VSHL1 shoulder mount module
VariCam-HSVariCam HS complete package with AU-V23HS1 2/3 camera module,
AU-VREC1 recording / control module,
AU-VCVF1 color viewfinder,
AU-VSHL1 shoulder mount module
AU-V35C1VariCam 35 s35mm 4K camera head, PL mount$29,000
AU-V23HS1VariCam HS 2/3″ 1080p camera head, B4 mount$20,000
AU-VREC1VariCam common recording module / control unit$17,000
AU-VSHL1Shoulder mount module$2,000
AU-VCVF1Color viewfinder$7,000
AU-XPD1PExpress P2 drive$495
AU-XP0256AGExpress P2 card, 256GB$2,000

Panasonic released a demo reel of footage from the Varicam 35 and it looks absolutely beautiful:

If you are familiar with the cameras, below are the specs for both the Varicam 35 & HS:

Panasonic Varicam 35 Specs

  • 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)

Panasonic Varicam HS Specs

  • 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

While there’s no official release date yet,  both cameras are expected to be available this fall.

*With the camera officially released, if you’re interested in more information on how to rent the latest from Panasonic, email, give us a call or stop in for a demo. We’d love to see you!