Back at NAB in April, Panasonic teased a new low-cost handheld cinema camera that would slot in between the GH5 and the Varicam LT. As part of that tease, they had a model on display under a sheet, allowing us to just get a sense of the overall size and shape. They promised more info was coming at Cine Gear Expo, and now that info has arrived.
In my NAB highlight video, I speculated that the new camera might be based on the GH5, with a micro four thirds sensor. I thought this was pretty exciting, because I’ve seen some great images from the GH5 and micro four thirds is a versatile lens mount and sensor size. While the newly announced AU-EVA1 does have some of the GH5’s killer features such as internal 422 10-bit recording to SD cards, it actually seems like more of a mini-LT than a maxi-GH5.
That’s because it features a Super 35 sensor (5.7k!), and EF lens mount, V-Log/V-Gamut out of the box, and Dual Native ISO.
It’s impossible not to compare this camera to Canon’s also newly-announced C200, which will come in at a similar price point and also features 4k at 60p, recording to SD cards. Just from the little that I’ve seen so far, the C200 has the edge with internal RAW recording and a killer autofocus system, but the non-RAW recording is only 8-bit whereas the AU-EVA1 features 10-bit internal recording but no internal RAW. There will however, be a future update that allows full 5.7k RAW output. That 5.7k sensor should also result in smoother 4k images with less aliasing and moire, as well as more accurate color reproduction. Combined with the Dual Native ISO, I think the Panasonic wins this fight (again, from the little I know so far).
It’s an exciting time to be in the market for a low-cost cine-style camera!