Panasonic said it’s now shipping the AU-EVA1 EF-mount cinema camera, its first handheld Super-35 camera. The EVA1 is positioned in the market between the Lumix GH5 and DVX200 on the low end and the VariCam line on the high end.
The EVA1 boasts a sensor resolution of 5.7K (5720×3016), which is downsampled to a maximum recorded resolution of 4K (4096×2160), though third-party recorders including the Atomos Shogun Inferno are eventually expected to be able to capture 5.7K raw data from the camera via 6G-SDI once a future firmware upgrade becomes available. At that time, the EVA will also get an intraframe compression option for on-board recording at up to 400 Mbps in 4K and UHD modes, and up to 200 Mbps in 2K and HD modes. (The shipping version of the camera supports 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 long-GOP recording at a maximum of 150 Mbps.)
For the time being, UHD, HD, and 2K recording modes are available in addition to 4K. High-speed recording options range up to 59.94p in 4K and UHD and up to 120p in 2K and HD.
The EVA1 also benefits from the VariCam’s dual-native ISO technology, which allows operation at either ISO 800 or ISO 2500, depending on light levels available. V-Log and V-Gamut capture are both supported.
The AU-EVA1 camera body weighs 2.65 lbs. (1.2 kg) and has an integrated ND filter and a button-selectable IR cut filter.