September 12, 2017

Panasonic EVA1 is Almost Here: What You Need to Know

Panasonic has announced a late October ship date for the much-anticipated camera.

We attended the launch event for the new Pansonic EVA1 camera last night at the Angelika theater in New York City and, in addition to seeing three short films shot to show off the camera in various extreme situations, we learned three new things about the platform that we either hadn't gotten a lot of attention or hadn't even been announced yet.

1. Smart lens data through EF mount

With cine-style cameras, we generally have to use /i lenses to get lens data from a PL mount lens, and while often the FIZ (focus, iris, zoom) information isn't particularly helpful, it does have some real applications, especially in post production compositing. So far, we haven't seen any indication that the PL mount Sigma Cine Zooms had /i support, but it appears that the EF mount cine zooms have lens data support, as we were seeing one last night mounted to an EVA1 passing on lens data. Change your zoom, it appears in the viewfinder, and hopefully will travel on to post.  You can see it in the image below, with the Sigma Cine Zoom, showing off its glow in the dark markings and passing along data to the viewfinder.

Credit: Charles Haine

2. IR cinematography

We had seen it in the spec sheet, but last night was the first time we got to hit the button in the menu that removed the IR filter from the sensor, allowing for full on IR cinematography. If you love the IR sequences in Soy Cuba and ALEXANDER, or in general just prefer to have more options on your shoot, this should be an exciting feature. You can see the pink cast on the footage in the still at the top, which is in IR mode.

3. Full-frame touchscreen viewfinder menu

The EVA1 doesn't ship with a viewfinder, only a small monitor. While some cinematographers will be frustrated, many will be relieved to not be paying for a feature they just don't use like they used to (and, of course, there are many aftermarket viewfinders like the Zacuto that are excellent considerations). The camera is capable of delivering a full screen, touch-enabled version of its menu settings to that little monitor, making it the perfect "dumb-side" assistant screen, provided you have another monitor to operate from. 

Credit: Charles Haine

The EVA1 also allows for separate image previews on every output; you can set up the stock monitor for menus, while putting out log view to the HDMI for your lock operating monitor, and a linear Rec.709 preview over SDI for your client monitor—which makes the EVA1 a camera ready for diverse shooting situations at a friendly price point.

For more on the EVA1 see our final specs post or check out the pre-order page at B&H. Shipping "late" October, with the impression given at the event that that means Halloween. We'll take that "treat"!      

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How did the actual footage look from the EVA1?

September 12, 2017 at 12:08PM, Edited September 12, 12:08PM

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Satva
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Panasonic is releasing three short films shot with the pre-production version of the EVA1 camera. The first film is out now: https://goo.gl/ixdBKW

And the other two films will be released soon. Keep in mind that these were shot with a pre-production camera, so things may change by the time the camera actually ships at the end of October.

September 16, 2017 at 2:02PM, Edited September 16, 2:02PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Here's the same first film again but this time graded by the DP : https://goo.gl/SQTSh5

September 16, 2017 at 4:01PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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And here is the DP's grade on Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/231577650

September 17, 2017 at 12:25PM, Edited September 17, 12:26PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I love everything about this camera so far except that for some reason Panasonic has decided to not include the high bitrate, all-I recording option from the start. Which... makes it not a good camera for me until they do enable it. They have it on their little camera, why not on this bigger one?

September 13, 2017 at 9:50AM

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Patrick Ortman
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The firmware of the EVA1 is still being worked on and won't be finalized until the end of October. My guess is that Panasonic is going to see how 400 Mbps ALL-I recording rolls out with the GH5, and once it's proven to be a solid release ( V60 and V90 SD cards are a new format, so there may be some bug-fixing to make things 100 percent ) it will be added to the EVA1 camera.

September 16, 2017 at 2:06PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Any links to the footage yet?? Very Curious indeed!

September 13, 2017 at 12:38PM

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Brian Roth
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September 16, 2017 at 10:44AM

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masnon
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The only thing that kills me about this and the C200 are a lack of in camera 4k 60 in the beefier codec (I believe the EVA1 only does this at 420). When we produce our doc shows with FS7s, we shoot in 4k 60 about half the time. The fact that cameras 3 years newer aren't doing that yet is either ridiculous or really says something about what Sony achieved with the FS7.

September 14, 2017 at 9:53AM

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Except the FS7 still uses Sony's bullshit proprietary media, and requires an adapter to access a decent lens selection.

Every one of these cameras is brought down by some anti-customer bullshit or baffling ignorance.

Another nearly universal blunder is to reduce bitrate along with frame rate. WHY? If I want to record 24 FPS at maximum quality, why can't I? If the camera's data throughput can handle 60 FPS at 600 Mbps, then it can damn well handle 24 FPS at the same data rate.

September 15, 2017 at 6:06PM

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David Gurney
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wow, great tips

September 15, 2017 at 6:30AM

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Good luck using that monitor in daylight for anything, let alone focusing.

You should be able to choose between monitor or viewfinder, or the monitor should come with a loupe.

September 15, 2017 at 6:01PM

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David Gurney
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Two more EVA1 short films dropped today...

"Near to Superstition" by Elle Schneider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgfCNO9-PBk

"Radio 88" by Johnny Derango
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnqq9nAM-3E

September 18, 2017 at 1:52PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Any truth to the rumor the flange distance prevents pl adapters?

September 28, 2017 at 1:52AM

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