VariCam fans rejoice—the Codex V-Raw Recorder, which adds raw capture capabilities to Panasonic's 4K camera system, is finally shipping worldwide.

Originally announced for December 2014 release, the V-Raw Recorder's absence from VariCam workflow has limited the camera's utility for shooters who need the extra latitude and flexibility offered by raw image capture.

The Codex V-Raw recorder, which attaches directly to the back of the camera, allows 4K raw footage to be captured on Codex Capture Drive 2.0 units at up to 120 fps. The V-Raw also acts as a power source for the camera, and includes three 24V power outputs for accessories.

"We are excited to get the new Codex V-Raw Recorders into the hands of our rental customers and happy that Panasonic chose Codex as their technology partner for raw workflows," said Michael Condon, SOC, VP of the digital division of Clairmont Camera in Los Angeles in a statement provided by Codex.

V-Raw Recorder Technical Specs


Direct Attach Module

Recording Media

Codex Capture Drive 2.0

Recording Formats

4K raw, 4K UHDTV raw, uncompressed 12-bit up to 30fps, 10-bit beyond 30fps up to 120fps



Maximum Frame Rate

120fps uncompressed raw


Camera metadata only

Input voltage

10.5-34V DC

Power consumption

Maximum 40W (recorder only)

Operating Temperature

32°F to 113°F (0°C to 45°C)


3.3lbs (1.5Kg)

Dimensions (WxDxH)

5.3 x 5.7 x 6.5in (134 x 144 x 165mm)


1 year limited warranty

Product Code


Source: Codex

The V-Raw recorder is now shipping worldwide for a list price of $12,000.