Putting the VariCam's Two Native ISOs to the Low-Light Test

Even though it was unveiled at least year's NAB, there's still plenty to be excited about with the Panasonic VariCam35, like its unique sensor technology that allows it operate at two separate base ISOs.

We caught up with Panasonic at their booth to discuss its low-light performance, its ability to store as many LUTs as you want, and its modular design.

Here are some basic specs:

  • S35MM 4096 X 2160 Advanced MOS Imager
  • Native ISOs of 800 and 5000
  • 14+ Stops of Latitude
  • Variable Frame Rate — 1 to 120 fps in 4K
  • Dual Recorder
  • Records simultaneous 4K/ 2K/Proxy, or UHD/HD/Proxy + Raw to Codex (option)
  • Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 and ProRes HQ Built-in
  • AVC-Intra Codecs -- Class 100 / Class 200 / Class 4:4:4
  • 2-piece Modular Design (docks to AU-VREC1G recording module)

The VariCam is available now for $55K, so this is obviously going to be (and has been) a rental-only option for the vast majority of indie filmmakers. Head on over to Panasonic to learn more.

No Film School's complete coverage of NAB 2015 is brought to you by Color Grading Central, Shutterstock, Blackmagic Design, and Bigstock.

No Film School's coverage of NAB is brought to you by Color Grading Central, Shutterstock, Blackmagic Design, and Bigstock

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Look's like a beast!

April 14, 2015 at 11:14AM

Lester Kamstra
Documentary Filmmaker

I like this camera so far. A lot!

April 14, 2015 at 9:11PM

Dantly Wyatt
Writer, Director, Content Creator.