Panasonic AU-EVA1. The “youngest” of a cinema family
Lab testing performed by Pablo Martínez
In mid-2017, Panasonic introduced its new lightweight, compact camera focused on the film/broadcast market with a 5.7K 35 mm sensor, EF lens mount and many other features that you can read about in this lab. Thanks to Panasonic’s experience with its “Varicam” cameras, which have received so much acclaim within the industry, we now have a “little” sister in our hands, developed mainly to obtain dynamic and spectacular images (as a main or secondary camera) thanks to its light weight. It allows us to work in almost every possible environment without losing the “look” of our production (whether it is an advertising spot, a fiction series, etc.), as well as on drones, light hot heads, etc., something that is very common in practically all modern productions nowadays.
LET’S GET TO KNOW IT
With a body weight of only 1.2 Kg and dimensions of 17×13.5×13.3 cm, it is a surprisingly “small” camera for the performance it offers. The removable rotating handgrip, the “handle”, the touch screen, the menus and the image make you feel as if you are working with the “Varicam LT” itself. Its standard EF mount covers a large number of lenses, although if we want to work with PL mounts, there are third-party kits specific to the EVA1, which allow you to modify it without too much of a hassle. It has electronic image stabilisation, which helps compensate the vibrations you get when recording without stabilisation systems.
It has a 5.7K S35 sensor (5720×3016 pixels) that provides 17.25 million photodiodes of capture, double the 8.8 million required to obtain 4K images. This allows you to obtain 4K images with greater clarity in less aliasing and more colour fidelity in the image than with a native 4K sensor capture.
We found a dual native ISO inherited from the “VariCam”, although limited to 800 and 2500, which provides you with the ability to extract more information from the sensor without affecting the image. We also need to be realistic when working with native ISO’s and not over-use them if we do not want to see any noise in specific lighting conditions.
The dynamic range allows 14 stops, thanks to the V-Log/V-Gamut capture, one of the most critical features inherited from the “VariCam”, which gives us a tremendous dynamic range and colour information. We will notice this process by capturing more natural skin details and colours than some of the other manufacturers’ cameras. It has several colour profiles and five user memories where we can define the gamma curve, among other parameters. It also offers you the ability to work with HDR using HLG HDR.
The available codecs are MOV and AVCHD. They allow you to choose from a wide range of transfer rates from 8Mbps to 400Mbps, with a maximum sample rate of 4:2:2 to 10 bits. It is possible to record in different formats and at different compression rates: 4K (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), FHD (1920 x 1080), and HD (1280 x 720). The EVA1 offers high-speed recording at up to 59.94 fps/50 fps at 4K/UHD, up to 120 fps/100 fps at 2K/Full HD or up to 240 fps/200 fps with a sensor pickup area trim.
It has two SD card slots, with the option of capturing images with the Relay Rec (continuous recording) or Simul Rec (simultaneous dual recording) functions. We also have the single-frame recording option, which allows you to capture independent frames to record videos in stop motion.
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