Camera Rumors: A Panasonic L-Mount Cinema Camera

Panasonic L-Mount Cinema Camera Rumor
An intriguing camera rumor based on Panasonic’s S1 full frame sensor.

In this industry, rumors can have a lot of power. It wasn’t long ago that Panasonic’s “8K Organic Sensor” camera was just a myth - now it’s confirmed. Based on one innocuous post by “tillhavis” on the online filmmaking community board dvxuser, this “perfect filmmakers camera” isn’t that far fetched based on Panasonic’s S1 full frame sensor.

Let’s look at just what this dream Panasonic L-mount cinema camera could be and how it would fit in with the current 4K cinema camera market.

A Panasonic L-Mount Cinema Camera

From the “tillhavis” post (and later carried on L-rumors), this dream build-out reflects an idealized Panasonic cinema camera similar to the Panasonic EVA but in a smaller, more compact, body (smaller than the Canon C200, but larger than the Canon XC15) and lower price point to compete with the likes of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

Here are some of the “wish list” specs for this dream camera:

  • Panasonic S1 FF Sensor

  • Interchangeable L-mount

  • Internal 4K 10bit 4:2:2 Recording without crop

  • Internal 4K Raw without crop

  • Dual IS

  • Dual Pixel AF

  • 5” Daylight viewable Fully articulating touchscreen LCD

  • Built in Electronic ND’s 6-10 stops

  • Wireless Control via smart device

  • Live Streaming

  • 6-7 User assignable function buttons

  • One push AF and Auto Control for run and gun situations

How would it compare on the market?

Along with the Panasonic EVA, this hypothetical Panasonic L-mount cinema camera would be a great challenger to the aforementioned Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, the Canon C200 and the Sony FS7 - if it could ideally stay at the former’s price range but stay competitive with the latter two.

What would be your dream camera?

If anything, this dream Panasonic L-mount cinema camera build-out should get the creative rumor juices flowing as to what will be the next full frame 4K camera to hit the crowded market. Without the limitations of actually figuring how to make it happen, what would be your dream camera build-out?      

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What's that picture? An extremely bad Photoshop job of a Canon and Panasonic handicam cobbled together, hehe?

November 7, 2018 at 5:51AM

Motion Designer/Predator

yeah, it's kinda hilarious. Like why? haha

Also why did they choose a c series to photoshop and not the EVA1.....

November 7, 2018 at 7:37AM

Alex Alva

Okay so from an artistic point of view, a DP is interested in:
Framing, Composition (mise en scene), motion, depth of field, blur, frame rate, focus position. So direct controls for these aspects might be good.

So the ideal camera has:

An anamorphic zoom (35mm equivalent of 20-90mm)
It's small and light (no techno cranes required), and has lots of mounting points
Depth of field (not aperture) slider or dial (with focus fall-off indication)
Shutter speeds (24, 36, 48, 60, 120, 240) or Blurry to sharp slider!
Frame rates (1, 24, 48, 60, 120, 240) or time lapse to real-time to slow-mo slider
Focus slider (or dial)
Computational photography (like the iPhone) & electronic NDs to handle exposure and dynamic range
Sensor stabilization (that can be switched off if necessary)
10 Bit 4:2:2 or raw
wireless signal and time code to audio devices
& A removable 800nit monitor that can be put anywhere

not worried about auto focus, or sensor size (as long as noise and depth of field can be decent).

And if you can do it all for $500, that would be great!

November 7, 2018 at 11:48AM, Edited November 7, 12:01PM


Sensor stabilization in a cine camera sounds like a horrible mess of an idea. Even switched off, sensor stabilization can be really problematic. Panasonic already learned this lesson once.

November 7, 2018 at 12:36PM

Alex Alva

You are right . They created the best selling "video" camera of all time. Gh5 is a dream come true and I would say 99% of their users love IBIS

February 17, 2019 at 9:16AM


Also it need to come with these built in shooting presets so every film maker can look like an Oscar level DP!

1. Emmanuel Lubezki
2. Janusz Kaminski
3. Vittorio Stoaro
4. Conrad Hall

And for an $100 upgrade you can get coveted....Roger Deakins preset.

November 7, 2018 at 12:59PM

Will Thomas
Director, DOP, Editor, Colorist


At least an organic image. Thats all I want. I cant stand panasonic color science.

November 7, 2018 at 11:50PM, Edited November 7, 11:50PM

Vincent Gortho

Maybe add Lukasz Zal to the list as he shoots black and white!

November 8, 2018 at 5:11AM

Tom Barrance
Film educator

Oh come on... why the hell would you make that click-bait title?

There is no rumour. This was a "for the fun of it" thread in the cafe forum on DVX.
It's not like anyone came out and said anything about Pana might be releasing this camera.

What a waste of space...

November 8, 2018 at 7:12AM

Torben Greve