Off to the side of Panasonic’s booth at NAB 2017, a display showcased Panasonic’s cinema camera lineup from the high end Varicam Pure down to the GH5. But there was a new mystery camera in between the GH5 and Varicam LT.
The camera is covered under a white cloth and you can see the camera sillouhette in Panasonic’s teaser image. Below the image, Panasonic offers five bullet points for the upcoming camera:
- Cinematic image quality
- Small and light
- Low-cost media and workflow
- Previewed at Cine Gear Expo
- Fall release
At a minimum, we know that the GH5 specs are the baseline for the new camera. Based on the size and shape of the camera and lens under the cloth, this looks like a super 35 sensor camera and could very well end up with a Canon EF mount option like the Varicam LT.
If not a true replacement, it should be the spiritual successor to the Panasonic AF100. It will probably be priced in that $5,000 to $10,000 range.
The Cinegear Expo happens the first week of June, so we should know more in just over a month. Stay tuned.