NAB 2014: Panasonic has introduced its latest VariCam HS, incorporating its AVC-Ultra codecs and high-speed 1080p image capture.

Featuring a modular design, the VariCam HS 2/3 type camera head docks with the AVC-Ultra recording module, to provide the full functionality of a conventional production camera/recorder.

The system can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the 2/3 type camera module (AU-V23HS1) and the recording module (AU-VREC1), providing box camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other remote camera needs. 

This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new s35mm 4K camera module (AU-V35C1), enabling professionals to switch between 2/3 type and s35mm camera heads.

Codex has developed a 4K RAW recorder for use with the camera.

Three camera’s newly-developed, 1920 x 1080p MOS imagers with 14 stops of latitude provide full control over a wide range of lighting conditions.

The camera/recorder boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equi-band full resolution colour processing for critical applications.

The camera offers 24-bit LPCM audio capabilities and real-time high frame rate and off-speed recording to 240fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra Class100), plus the ability to change frame rates during record.

It features image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new V-Log, as well as FilmRec and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) image contrast management controls.  

The VariCam HS will launch in the Autumn for around £37,000 (€45,000), including EVF and shoulder mount module.