Panasonic EVA-1… First Thoughts
Wow…Panasonic bounce back in style after a five year period of not upgrading the AF101 to 4K in 2012.
Lets look at what we know so far…
Finally a super 35mm sensor which should keep noise down to a minimum.
A Canon EF mount allowing those of us who have Canon or Sigma ART glass to get some fantastic shallow depth of field shots and with electronic image stabilization.
4:2:2 10bit is a major upgrade in quality with V-log and V-gamut. The ability to capture accurate colors and rich skin tones is a must for any filmmaker. Like the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras, the EVA1 contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver high dynamic range and broad colors. V-Log has log curve characteristics that some would say are reminiscent of negative film and V-Gamut delivers a color space even larger than film. The EVA1 will also import the celebrated colorimetry of the VariCam line.
5.7K sensor with no crop in 4K allowing up to 400Mbps recording to SD cards, similar to the GH5 (after a FW upgrade in the summer).
4K outputs in both HDMI and SDI simultaneously great for monitoring and recording to external recorders.
2K recording up to 240 fps slow motion.
It only ships with an LCD, sadly it does not have a viewfinder though you can get a 3rd party EVF, though it does ship with a sunshade.
Timecode in and out for syncing up external sound recorders or multi camera shoots.
I love the size of the camcorder Erik Naso (above) demonstrates this nicely, I also like its looks with the sexy red go faster striping taking it away from the boring regimental black look.
So how does this affect the likes of Sony, Canon, JVC and Blackmagic, firstly JVC does not have a camera at this level.
Sony has the FS5 and the FS7 Mk11 the closest spec. wise being the FS7 Mk11. At £7,614 the FS7 Mk11 is £1,400 dearer and does have the advantage of being out first and becoming a camcorder that everyone is now using from broadcast promos to drama and corporate.
Canon have just announced the C200 but the Panasonic is far superior, spec. wise in every way less the auto focus system.
Blackmagic is the only contender to EVA-1 with their URSA mini Pro priced at £4,919 less EVF (extra £1,434). Panasonic claim the EVA-1 is less than £6,200 ($8,000) to compete with the BM URSA mini Pro it would need to be about £5,200 in my opinion.
I think this is going to be a very popular cine camcorder as it meets all the “wants” from most cameramen and women. With a wide range of EVF’s on the market its a shame you are forced into buying one just to shoot in daylight conditions and find critical focus which cant be done on an LCD without a loupe of some kind.
Panasonic Broadcast have finally redressed the balance with EVA-1, personally I think the GH5 has given them a fright and gone all out to produce a cracking super 35mm camcorder that everyone wants !
Panasonic needs to get the price right on this camcorder so when they quote less than $8,000 (£6,200) and your up against the BM URSA mini Pro at £4,919 incl vat, I don’t think you can genuinely afford to climb beyond £5,200 incl vat and lets be honest its also up against the massive sales of the Panasonic GH5 at £2,000 incl vat (with XLR unit) with very similar specs.