The AU-EVA1, the handheld cinema camera announced by Panasonic at Cine Gear Expo, will bear a suggested list price of $7,495 when it ships later this year, Panasonic said today.

The AU-EVA1 5.7K compact cinema camera will have a newly designed Super 35 CMOS sensor with active resolution of 5720×3016 and, borrowing from Panasonic’s more expensive VariCams, dual-native ISO ratings of 800 and 2500, the company said. It’s rated by Panasonic at 14 stops of dynamic range.

Why 5.7K?  The company said the extra resolution counts for a better picture when downsampling to 4K or HD.


Panasonic AU-EVA1 cinema camera

“The EVA1’s 5.7K Super 35 sensor has almost twice as many photosites as 4K,” said Mitch Gross, Panasonic Media Entertainment Company Cinema Product Manager. “That means the 4K videos recorded in the camera will be crystal clear with rich color information. The EVA1 also inherits the unique dual-native ISO sensor technology from our Cinema VariCam line, allowing it to shoot in bright sunlight or night exteriors without compromising the image quality. And the 14 stops of dynamic range capture a huge scope of exposure detail.”

The camera body weighs 2.65 lbs. (1.2 kg) and has a native EF mount.

The EVA1 will record 10-bit 4:2:2 4K and UHD to standard SD cards at up to 400 Mbps using Panasonic’s 422Intra codec, subject to a forthcoming firmware update. Without the update, 4K/UHD recording will be limited to 422LongGOP at a maximum 150 Mbps. Recording either 4K/UHD or 2K/HD with the 422Intracodec will require SDXC memory cards running at video speed class V60 or faster, the company said.


Available recording formats for Panasonic AU-EVA1 cinema camera
Source: Panasonic

Among other features, the camera supports electronic image stabilization, holds an integrated ND filter with three stops of filtration, and allows the IR Cut filter to be disabled. Dual XLR audio inputs are included, and 4K can be output over both HDMI and SDI.

At some point after the camera’s release, Panasonic said previously, it will support 5.7K raw output for use with third-party recorders. Atomos, for example, announced that Shogun Inferno will (eventually) support capturing 5.7K raw data from the AU-EVA1 via 6G-SDI, recording Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHR, and CDNG Raw.

The AU-EVA1 is expected to ship this fall.