Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Firstly the internet is full of speculation and guesswork, so far we have seen pictures from a…

  1. Pre production EVA-1
  2. Unfinished new preproduction super 35mm sensor
  3. Seems noisy at 2500 ISO

Are we surprised we are seeing all these problems with this preproduction camcorder, the answer is in the word “pre production”.

I am not a fan of companies lashing together equipment to “show off” to adoring fans for trade shows etc. I had a pre production Panasonic HC-X1 which turned out to be “faulty”, though no one told me it was a pre production till I flagged up the fault.

EVA turns out to stand for Entry level VAricam or so Panasonic told me earlier on today. Next week the same camera will be touring the UK (not Scotland) to let everyone have a look at it.

I would prefer Panasonic let everyone see a production model due late October, but who listens to me.

All I can say that even the £15K VariCam is noisy at ISO 5000 which is taken out during grading so lets not get too hung up about noise figures till we see a production model.

So far the footage that has been shown on YouTube and Vimeo has looked very good, as usual its internet footage to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Nigel Wilkes (UK & IRE Group Manager, Panasonic) “Panasonic have listened to what our customers would like in a new mid range production camcorder, and we have worked very hard to produce EVA1. The launch of this amazing camera is happening now, but please remember, EVA1 is NOT finished, and it won’t be until the end of October 2017.

We have released preproduction units for you all to see and discuss, but please think about what is being said. The showreel will not be perfect, it’s there to give you an idea about what can be achieved.

EVA1 is going to be amazing; please be patient. It’s coming!”

I will leave you with the last two videos produced on the Panasonic EVA-1.
Firstly by Elle Schneider, a filmmaker, fine art photographer living in Los Angeles. Photos have been featured in exhibits in Los Angeles at the Happening Gallery and Milan by Vogue Italia, films have played internationally….Near to Superstition in 4K

Shot on EVA1 | Short film “Near to Superstition” from VariCam & EVA1 on Vimeo.

“Radio 88” by Johnny Derango features a lot of shots at night, but in controlled lighting environments. A lot of the exterior night shots were taken at the 2500 base ISO. For the interior shots Johnny shot mostly at 800 ISO…Vimeo version in 4K

Radio 88 from Johnny Derango on Vimeo.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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