Panasonic has given a first public outing to EVA1, a new 5.7k compact cinema camera that has been developed to sit between the Lumix GH5 and the Varicam LT 4K in its product portfolio.

Panasonic EVA1

Unveiled at Cine Gear Expo in LA, and due to be shown in the UK for the first time at the Media Production Show in London next week (13-14 June), the mid-range camera is for documentaries, commercials and music videos.

It has a new 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor, an EF lens mount and the same dual native ISO feature that is included with the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, and VariCam Pure.

The EVA1 is being introduced into a competitive section of the market that already includes the new Canon C200, the Sony FS5, Sony FS7 and FS7 Mk II and Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini.

“For cinema-style acquisition, we realised there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said EMEA marketing manager Nela Pertl. “With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications.”

Dual native ISO is said to extract more information from the sensor without degrading the image. The upshot is a camera that can switch from a standard sensitivity to a high sensitivity without an increase in noise, or other artefacts. Full ISO specifications are not yet available as the dual native ISO feature is still being tested, the company said.

The EVA1 will also contain V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver high dynamic range and broad colours, while the body of the new camera weighs 1.2Kg and is 17cm x 13.5cm x 13.3cm in size.

EVA1 can be used for handheld shooting or be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig, or jib arm, and can record 10-bit 422 at up to 400Mbps in 4K. Internal recording is done to SDXC cards.

Other features include Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), an integrated ND filter wheel in 2, 4, and 6 stops, an IR Cut filter, dual balanced XLR audio inputs

The EVA1, which is due to ship in the autumn for under £7,000 (body only), will be on display at the Media Production Show (stand 416).