Panasonic VariCam 35: 4K RAW Cinema Camera, Shoots 120fps


Panasonic is on a roll lately in the 4K department. Back at CES 2014, we saw the Lumix GH4 Micro Four Thirds 4K camera and the 4K action camera. We saw a 4K VariCam concept camera teased as far back as NAB 2012. Now, we are finally seeing some details on a 4K VariCam model as the camera approaches an official launch.

The initial impressions from the 4K concept a couple years ago suggested that it would go with a Super 35 sensor instead of Panasonic’s Micro Four Thirds format that we’ve seen on lower end cameras. And, that’s exactly what we have in this new camera with a 4096 x 2160 Super 35 CMOS sensor that provides 14+ stops of dynamic range.


Below is quick rundown of the 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)
  • Two XLR inputs can record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio
  • Removable Control Panel
  • OLED Viewfinder with Optical Zoom

The price is unknown thus far; however, the camera will likely launch at or around NAB 2014 next month.

[via No Film School]