Every shooters eyes are on Panasonic as they recently made some big news at a pre-NAB press briefing.
The camera, dubbed the Varicam 35, would incorporate a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor supporting 4096 x 2160 (17:9) using the company’s AVC-Ultra codecs for 4K. According to Panasonic, the camera accommodates 4K, 2K and HD, and could handle 4K Raw.
“Building on the esteemed VariCam legacy of breathtaking image rendition and versatile off-speed effects, this next-generation modular design will deliver unprecedented flexibility to users, who can move between the worlds of sports, documentary, and other content creation with extraordinary ease and efficiencies,” said Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America.
The company also intends to preview the Varicam HS, a 2/3-inch VariCam supporting high-speed 1080p. Both cameras are scheduled to be available in the fall; pricing was not announced.
Other planned NAB introductions from Panasonic include a new version of its P2 solid-state recording media, the expressP2 card, designed for high frame rates and 4K; the AJ-PX270, the company’s first P2 HD handheld camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording support; and the AV-HS6000, a 2 M/E switcher with 32 HD-SDI and two DVI-D inputs, and 16 HD-SDI outputs.