Panasonic’s EVA-1 gets a big update with its latest firmware adding HEVC H.265 in 4K (60p) along with an 8% price drop.
Since its first iteration, we’ve been fans of the Panasonic EVA1 for its ultimate indie filmmaking capabilities. And past firmware updates have certainly proven that Panasonic is dedicated to keeping its product fresh and powerful in the face of growing cinematic competition.
However, this latest firmware update (EVA1 3.0, which is free to download here) might be some of the biggest news for the EVA-1 yet. Let’s take a look at its new features including 4K 60p 10-bit recording, EVA-LIVE and a nice little price drop to boot.
4K60p 10-bit recording in HEVC
The biggest news of the new firmware update is the HEVC H.265 codec which can record in 4K 60p with 4:2:0 10-bit video sampling (with available bitrates of 200Mbps in 4K/60p and 150Mbps in 4K/30p). With this new HEVC codec allows of the same high-quality image recording with twice the amount of compressed data recording at the existing H.264 codec.
EVA-LIVE Remote Control
With the new firmware update, the EVA1’s USB port now supports several third party USB-LAN adapters which enable hardwired remote control of the EVA1 over Ethernet from devices running the EVA ROP app. These remote control control options can be used for Live and Near-Live multi-cam production setups now as well.
Full Updates and Price Drop
In addition to the new recording and remote control capabilities, this new firmware update also includes new Quick Switch functionality (as seen above). Along with the following updates via the Panasonic website:
Additional Recording Format:
4K/UHD 59p/50p 420_10bit@200Mbps
4K/UHD 29p/25p/23p/24p 420_10bit@150Mbps
IP Live Control
Capturing function (still image [jpg] from video) is added
While recording or playback on HLG mode, Camera can convert HLG to SDR and then output it
OSD displays Focusing point
2ch AWB MEMORY (AWB A/B switchable)
Increasing ease of use on system setting
Canon lens “CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S” and EXTENDER can be used in combination
SD card setting operability is improved to detect the card correctly
You can download the firmware update here.
New Price: $6,495.00
Just when I was thinking about the Ursa Mini Pro...
January 31, 2019 at 11:55AM, Edited January 31, 11:55AM
Get ursa, I had the panasonic for a week and gave it back. Dont trust everything You see on internet, this camera is only good on paper. Actually is garbage. Useless screen, image looks like from dslr, annoying menu, and feels cheap in hand. Ursa is different league
February 1, 2019 at 2:49PM
This is just like... your opinion, man.
I have the eva-1 and love it.
Feels cheap? how about feels lightweight? try shooting handheld a whole day with your UMP. Image looks amazing, only issue I really have with the camera is it's horrible monitor - solved it by using an external monitor and I'm still waiting for Panasonic to come out with a better solution.
February 2, 2019 at 4:54AM
Panasonic made it clear when they released EVA that it was modular, that they would provide CAD blueprints to 3rd party accessories manufacturers, I seriously doubt that there will be a dedicated Panasonic EVF for the EVA-1. You could of course stump up for the EVF that they make for the Varicam 35 & 35LT, it is excellent and only $5k.
February 3, 2019 at 3:32PM
Still it's not worth the price for they ask. 420 10bit for 6k. Panny you still din't learn a lesson!!!
February 1, 2019 at 9:13AM
Hmmm, now refresh my memory about the highest ISO on the Ursa?
February 3, 2019 at 3:27PM