August 3, 2017

Panasonic EVA1 Full Specs Announced with Confirmed Dual Native ISO

Full specs for the much anticipated Panasonic EVA 1 include a dual native ISO of 800 and 2500, sure to please many customers.

We were in LA for the official announcement of the Panasonic EVA1 at the Paramount theater during Cine Gear back in June, and the excitement was palpable. Many filmmakers remain highly loyal to Panasonic but have been frustrated that the price point for the amazing Varicam was out of their reach.

The announcement of the EVA1 showed the potential to change that: Panasonic was now releasing a sub $8000 digital cinema camera, that theoretically could go head to head against the C200 and the Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro—and bring with it the company's beloved ergonomics, color science and dual native ISO. While the cameras won't be shipping until this fall, Panasonic has finalized the spec list and there are a lot of key features here that users should be excited about.

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The most important finalized spec is the confirmed dual native ISO of 800 and 2500.  While many cameras can crank their ISO up to insane numbers in the hundreds of thousands these days, Panasonic's dual native system is different; it doesn't simply use internal signal boosting to wring every last drop of useable info out of an image while piling on noise.

With the Varicam, the dual native high ISO of 5000 has very little noise, and what noise is there being primarily created by the wave nature of light. We can expect something similar from the EVA1, considering that it is a fresh sensor descending from the same technology, with an ISO 2500 setting that should reasonably be expected to offer exceptionally useable images such that it will likely be the default mode for many shooters when not doing day exterior work. 

Credit: Panasonic

Additional finalized specs have also been released including final dimensions, power draw and a suggested list price of $7495. Along with the 14 stops of dynamic range, and the final confirmation of just what resolution 5.7K is (5720 x 3016), theres a lot to be excited about here.

Credit: Panasonic
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Tech Specs:

  • Dual native ISO 800/2500, expandable to 25600 with internal gain
  • 5720 H x 3016 V pixel sensor
  • 4K 60fps, 2K 240fps
  • EF mount, EIS capable
  • Touch panel LCD
  • 2.6lb/1.2kg camera body
  • 5.7K raw output via future firmware upgrade
  • 14 stop V-log & V-gamma
  • 400 Mbps Recording
  • Dual SD card slots, SDXC UHS Speed Class 3, video speed class V90
  • 4:2:2 10 Bit
  • 2/4/6 stop ND filter wheel
  • Removable IR filter via wheel
  • Detachable handle and rotating LCD mount
  • 19W power consumption
  • 135mm x 133mm x 170mm (5 5/16" x 5 1/4" x 6 11/16")
  • Super35mm MOS sensor
  • SDI and HDMI out, HDMI red remote supported

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I would really love to see some real world footage and a real world review.. anybody know when that might happen? Specs and cheesy pictures of a dude using the camera on what looks like fake backgrounds don't do much justice ;)

August 3, 2017 at 11:01AM, Edited August 3, 11:01AM

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you forgot one important thing (are they a sponsor?):

400Mbps recording will be added in a future firmware update.

Panasonic just pulled some major punches with this bait and switch. I hope nobody buys this camera until it ships with this bitrate.

August 3, 2017 at 11:58AM, Edited August 3, 12:13PM

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cee dee
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Which is spring 2018...

August 3, 2017 at 11:36PM

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Torben Greve
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I wonder if the 14 stops of dynamic range will be accurate. I do hope it's true. It seems that dynamic range is always a spec that gets exaggerated. The usable dynamic range of the GH5 is around 11 stops. I don't remember if Panasonic claimed it to be anymore than that though. So I hope the 14 is dead on, because if it is realistically in the realm of 11 or 12, that will be a big tick on this camera.

August 3, 2017 at 12:10PM

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Derek Doublin
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Panasonic is like Arri in that they are very conservative with what they claim on their dynamic range. VariCam they say is 14+ and it is at least that if more around 15, so if they say 14 I think it will definitely live around that number.
Really impressive specs on this camera, can't wait to see some footage. If it handles colors and highlights like their VariCams do, this will be the camera to beat in this price range for sure.

August 3, 2017 at 3:47PM

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Ben Meredith
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There's a lot of 4:2:0s in that data rate line up... the best data rates wont be available till sometime in spring 2018 and even then some of them, including high frame rates will sit below the FS7 II...

Not convinced till real world examples show up.

August 3, 2017 at 3:50PM

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Torben Greve
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So no internal stabilization or AF, right? Harder for one-man bands...

August 5, 2017 at 12:47AM, Edited August 5, 12:47AM

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J Robbins
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No internal raw? In 2017? Lame. Yay, let's go back to the '80s and have an external recorder.

Also, these specs are useless without telling us the codec.

August 5, 2017 at 5:21AM

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David Gurney
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