It has dual native ISO settings of 800 and 5000. The AVC-Intra codecs are mostly 10-bit, 4:2:2 chroma-subsampled intraframe compressors, but the 444 variant has full color resolution and 12-bit recording. Because it’s so quick to change settings, you could be doing a shot of a cheetah at 5K and within seconds you could be doing a 240fps 2K close-up. Müşteri destek ekibimiz sorularınızı cevaplamak için burada. The LT has four analog audio inputs and records four tracks of 24-bit 48 kHz audio. It comes down to whether you have the projects to assign the camera to. Add the control panel, a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and an Odyssey 7Q+ for raw recording, and you’ll get a kit tipping the scales at 24 lbs / 11 kg. Words: Jonathan Jones. A single 256 GB P2 Express card holds about 90 minutes of AVC-Intra4K 422 at 24fps, or 73 minutes at 30fps; 60fps AVC-Intra4K LT will fill the card after 63 minutes. Variable frame rate recording and raw output. The active area in 4K (or full-frame 2K) is 24.576mm  x 12.96mm; in UHD or full-frame HD it’s 23.04mm x 12.96mm. But if you leave it there and start jumping into cars it’s just going to snap off as it sits up like a ‘whale tale’. The panel gives you a large, clear status display and speedy access to most high-level settings; 90% of what you need to fiddle with during a shoot is available with a couple of button-presses, without having to dive into the setup menus (the most common tweaks—white balance, shutter angle, frame rate, and exposure index—can be set using the EVF menus without even bothering with the control panel). Pull the lens mount, loosen three screws, swap the filters, and you’re good to go. For a system frequency of 23.98 Hz, here’s the detailed breakdown by frame size and codec: Since I reviewed the camera, Panasonic has come out with a firmware update adding additional codecs: The following Long GOP formats are added. And yes, there’s another focus hook on top of the handle itself. Panasonic Varicam LT The VariCam LT has a compact and lightweight magnesium body and offers same picture quality specifications as the larger VariCam 35 cinema camera. Panasonic Varicam LT Pro Kit See similar items below. If you’re wondering why you can’t tweak chroma or knee, check MAIN COLOR to make sure you’re in a mode that allows such tweaks, but also check SDI RAW, because raw output forces MAIN COLOR to V-Log, where no tweaks are allowed. PLEASE NOTE: Varicam LT Version 6.0 upgrade now available. The VariCam LT offers a subtle, sophisticated color palette, 14+ stops of dynamic range, and excellent low-light capability in a variable-frame-rate 4K camera at a midrange price. It shares its sibling’s powerful core specifications and stunning capabilities, from the 4K 60 fps recording and Super 35 MOS sensor to the renowned 14 stops of dynamic range and 240 fps slow motion image capture. Body and handle weigh 6.6 lbs or 3 kg, while a minimal shooting kit (shoulder mount, EVF, and a light prime or small zoom like the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8) runs around 17 lbs or 8 kg. The body alone is about 6” tall (143mm); add the handle and it’s a bit over 9” tall (231mm). GPS data, along with all other shooting parameters, are stored in XML files on a clip-by-clip basis—think of the XMLs as EXIF files for clips instead of stills. If I was doing a film that had a large night requirement or a large lighting requirement, with this, instead of having 18K HMIs, you could have 2.5s or 4K. The VariCam LT is Panasonic’s “affordable” large single sensor VariCam, putting the core of the $55,000 VariCam 35 in a more compact package running $18,000 for the body alone, to $29,000 for a full shooting kit with EVF, shoulder mount, and a couple of 512 GB P2 Express cards (though there’s a $4,500 rebate on many configurations or a $2500 rebate on the body only, running now through March 31, 2017). Like the similar EVF on the VariCam 35, it has a nearly 2:1 optical zoom: I didn’t think to measure its resolution because I never noticed any issues: its pixels are so small, even at full magnification, that they never called attention to themselves, and focusing was always precise and certain. CDLs can be defined and LUTs chosen on-camera, or they can be controlled by an external app connected via Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet, or a 4G modem. If you’ve set one of the main-body softkeys to SIX USER FUNCTIONS, pressing that button flips the control panel into, well, six user functions, with the six buttons themselves customizable. One workflow, no matter which camera you choose, you won’t need anything else. Cinematography & Cameras . Niyazi Nişancık. In 1080-line modes, it also records 50i and 59.94i interlaced signals. The great things are still there, like P2 which is tried and tested and we’ve worked with it in the most extreme environments. … When raw output isn’t enabled, you can select gamma-coded recording, using one of five customizable Scene Files based on five basic looks. For those that don't want to watch the whole thing (don't worry, I'd understand! Panasonic VariCam LT - 4K S35 Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount) Panasonic's Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 is a single Super 35-sized sensor digital cinema camera with a lightweight magnesium body and interchangeable lens mount. Field testing the Panasonic Varicam LT: a hands-on review for solo shooters If you aren’t that familiar with the Panasonic Varicam LT it was launched 3 years ago. It looks funky there, but it worked quite well—mind you, I’m always menu-diving as part of my testing; most peoples’ normal shooting workflows probably aren’t quite so control-panel-centric. I was really impressed with the EOS mount, although you can also easily change to PL. “Focus Squares”, an array of green squares that grow in size when their local area appears to be sharp, are shown, along with a YRGB waveform monitor. There might be the odd shot with a little stylistic moment to it but then you’d set that up and you’ve got time. An angled panel holds the camera’s I/O ports: Aft of that is the exhaust grille for the camera’s cooling system. CamRade wetSuit VariCam LT. A wet suit for the Panasonic VariCam LT The camRade wetSuit VariCam LT is a tailor-made rain cover that protects your camera against the elements. It shares the same sensor as the Varicam 35, which features dual native ISO ratings of 800 and 5000. Filmmaker Ben Meredith reviews the Panasonic VariCam LT in the in-depth 50-minute video review found below. Of course, you can enable zebras and/or false color if you prefer them. The soft fabric lining minimalizes unwanted sound effects caused by wind and rain … Q & A's. It comes standard with a positive locking EF mount with full electronic control and has an optional, user-changeable PL mount with both LDS and /i data pins. The sensitivity pushes it above other cameras so if you’re doing something at dusk or in dark places this is the camera. Build quality is superb. On-board AVC-Intra and ProRes recording (full-frame and cropped, up to 240fps); uncompressed raw output (full-frame, 1-60fps). If you switch from full-sensor 1080p to crop-mode 1080p, you’ll need to reboot. Many cameras have a “master mode switch”, some overall controlling setting that determines how the camera works and how the rest of the camera’s functions are presented. The top line of the screen shows the “breadcrumb trail” of how deep into the menus you are; here we’re in the COLOR SETTINGS submenu of SYSTEM SETTINGS (which is where you fiddle with LUTs and CDLs in cine color mode. The GUI is designed to resemble the cameras’ control panels for familiar and intuitive control. Yönetici. Varicam, originally stylized as VariCam, is a brand name associated with specialized Panasonic video cameras that are mostly used to imitate the look and feel of motion picture cameras. Pressing the INFO button gives you six pages of status information. If you get one of the shoulder mounts (there’s a “Cinema Style” and an “ENG Style”; both have 15mm LWS rod sockets and mounting rosettes in front, while the Cinema Style I tested has a longer front extension and allows 15mm rods in the rear), its dovetail plate attaches to a couple of the baseplate sockets while still leaving others free. The Panasonic VariCam Pure outputs RAW files to Codex’s ultra-reliable Capture Drives. Those cards are reliable and they work, the whole workflow is simple. For example I changed the frame rate and had to turn it off and on and then realised I had to drop the recording format to access the frame rate and it didn’t tell me that so I had to turn it off and on again. However, if you enable full-time display of the level meters (they’re off by default), there’s no visual indication of which mode the dial is in: you simply have to turn it and see what changes. This is my review of the Panasonic Varicam LT. First camera review I've done, and I'm not the best in front of a camera either, so I am sure there are some mistakes here and there! Another big, fat REC button allows camera triggering; MENU and EXIT buttons provide access to setup menu. If LiveGrade is too rich for your blood, the free version of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 can export LUTs in the VariCam’s .vlt format. 4K. Anamorphic desqueeze is available in the EVF and on the SDI outputs, in either 1.33x or 2.0x squeeze ratios, though 1.5x is not supported (in all fairness, not many folks in the LT’s target market will be using 1.5x anamorphic adapters). It shares its sibling’s powerful core specifications and stunning capabilities, from the 4K 60 fps recording and Super 35 MOS sensor to the renowned 14 stops of dynamic range and 240 fps slow motion image capture. It does have its pros and cons, but ultimately I fell in love with the image and usability of the Varicam LT … REVIEW: Panasonic VariCam LT. Posted on Dec 23, 2016 The VariCam LT is the smaller and cheaper version of the 35, but as it has the same sensor, it has the unique dual ISO performance that is catching the attention of low-light productions . Open its door to gain access to P2 Express and SDXC media slots. “Yeah, so what?”, you might say. Button 3 exits the menus when they’re active; the other labeled functions — PLAY, INFO, and SYSTEM CHK — only apply when the control panel is not attached. Despite this, Panasonic told me that they believe the feature set, price and build quality competes against the F55/Red Epic/ARRI Amira as well. Another fundamental issue is that it’s not Raw, it’s ProRes 422 and ProRes LT. I knew this was a camera I would want to review. Broadcast looks offer a more conventional approach with a video-style knee to handle highlights instead of a defined (and unchangeable) S-curve compression. Each reboot takes 20 seconds: 3 to turn off, 17 to turn on. GENLOCK IN, TC IN/OUT – BNCs for genlock feeds and for timecode. This is my review of the Panasonic Varicam LT. First camera review I've done, and I'm not the best in front of a camera either, so I am sure there are some mistakes here and there! ), in color focus assist (colored peaking), square focus assist (focus squares), and monochrome focus assist to turn the EVF display black and white. One-shot recording (single-frame advance) for animation. SKU of item reviewed is 2989800311383761. The PL mount has both Cooke /i and Zeiss LDS data pins (be sure to dive into the menus and select the data protocol appropriately). The eyepiece is large, has a considerable range of diopter adjustment (with a pushbutton lock so it won’t change by itself), and its optical zoom lets you zoom out to see the entire image at a glance or zoom in for a more close-up, large-screen viewfinding experience. An earlier version of this review was posted on DVInfo.net in November 2016. There is one argument for leaving the top plate unencumbered: there’s a GPS receiver under it that works best if it has a clear “view” of the sky. The EVF has an eye sensor that turns the EVF off whenever your eye isn’t pressed to it; if this annoys you, you can set it to turn off after 1 or 5 minutes, instead. RED andAlexa often feel like the only choices at the highest end of the digital cinema market. The top gray button invokes the menus, and the thumbwheel normally controls iris on Canon EF lenses, or moves through the menus. It is smaller and lighter in size than the oringinal super 35mm chip camera, and sells for a lower price. If you want to switch the main codec from one of the normal AVC-Intra settings to AVC-Intra LT for high frame rates, you’ll need to reboot. It’s not as bad as a RED ONE (90 second boot time), but even so, it gets a bit tedious (tip: stay in the menus and change as many things as you need before rebooting; it saves time). The review camera came with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II zoom, an Anton Bauer Cine 90 battery, A-B Tandem onboard AC adapter/charger, and a quick-release tripod plate. It would be good if the only metal switch was the on/off switch so you can turn it off and on with confidence to change the settings. With the LT you’ve got the sensitivity versus the lack of raw versus some functionality but for us as a company I can see the LT working quite well for doco work. Thus you can bolt the camera to a tripod without the shoulder mount, but with the dovetail plate fitted: The shoulder mount itself docks into a standard broadcast quick-release plate: The long dovetail plate and its mating channel in the shoulder mount allow considerable flexibility in camera positioning: Rosettes allow the control grip on its arm to be attached at any angle. I found the silver nipple switches on the side of old VariCams awkward, and I think the colour temperature switch here is the same. You can set the number of frames recorded per push of the REC button and an initial delay (When I set the number of frames to 1, I actually got 4 frames in my clip, but I was using the function for single-frame shots of test charts and the like). The knob lets you move between parameters; press it in to switch to changing the current parameter. Yet the control panel isn’t required: remove it, and the amber-labeled side-panel buttons become active, so you can still configure the camera on the fly without menu-diving. The EVF is easy to position to taste, and once positioned, you can lock it securely in place. The rest of the operator’s side is taken up by the weather-sealed media compartment. The biggest fundamental problem with the LT is switching it off and on again every time you make a decent setting change. The 7Q+ can be triggered by the camera so that recording commences in sync with internal recordings. The super 35mm image sensor, which is the same imager as VariCam 35, features wide dynamic range, an expansive color gamut, and high sensitivity for 4K image acquisition. Varicam Gets Even Better with New Firmware. The review portion filming me was shot using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Review of the Panasonic Varicam LT from Ben Meredith on Vimeo. We’re getting into that sort of territory and I think more people will ultimately use the LT for it. V-Looks—VariCam Looks—similarly grade the image to preserve as much of that 14-stop range as possible. The latest firmware upgrade for Varicam LT (Ver.6.0) now enables the true 4K, Super 35mm cinema camera for live and ‘near live’ multi-cam operation. http://pro-av.panasonic.net/en/varicam/vcs/index.html, on-chip filtration designed for improved color discrimination, VariCam LT and Odyssey Setup: Quick Notes, Production During a Pandemic: Working as a COVID 19 Compliance Officer for a Film Production, Insights and Advice from a COVID-19 Compliance Officer for Pre-production and Production, “Shatter the Ceiling”: A Zoom Gathering of Women Cinematographers, Final Cut Pro and Motion on the new 13″ M1 MacBook Pro, Reviewing The New Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K, Reviewing The New 8K Canon R5 Mirrorless Camera, Review: Z Cam E2-M4 MFT Cine Camera, part 3. It does have its pros and cons, but ultimately I fell in love with the image and usability of the Panasonic Varicam LT right away. The Varicam LT is a large lump: 7.25” wide by 9.75” long (184 x 247mm). The VariCam’s matrix controls go one step further than most, with separate positive and negative controls for each component mix, so you can for example skew the top half of the vectorscope pattern to the left with the  (B-R)_N control withoutskewing the bottom half to the right at the same time. I also used my own Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L and 24-70mm f/2.8L lenses. Proxies can be recorded on the P2 card or on the separate SDHC/SDXC card; a 64 GB card will hold 655 minutes of material. For the doco world, one of the biggest challenges we’ve always had is sequences that go in to the night and very darkly lit atmospheric locations where you can’t take a big lighting rig. For the money you could buy a new RED Weapon Scarlet that would shoot 5K Raw at higher frame rates. I’ve never used a camera that was faster or easier to line up. The camera comes standard with a Canon EF mount, allowing full lens communications and control. Build quality is superb. The sensitivity means you don’t need such big lamps. They thought that their previous users can still get their head around it quite quickly. There are so many variables with the 4K stuff so yes, you can access a higher ISO, but you compromise your overall recording quality. I'll let the review speak for itself, but overall, this is a very great camera that beats many competitors in a variety of ways. Learn more about Panasonic's products, services & solutions Visit Our Resource Center . The LT has a little roller wheel and it’s as smooth as pulling iris – it’s amazing. The VariCam LT is Panasonic’s “affordable” large single sensor VariCam, putting the core of the $55,000 VariCam 35 in a more compact package. Like many LSS cameras the LT has a dual personality, operating in a cine-friendly log-recording mode with ASC CDL on-board grading and LUT support options, as well as a more traditional video mode with extensive knee, matrix, and color-correction controls. The Panasonic Varicam LT is a really well built camera both in its physical make up and in its ability to make really great looking images. Earlier today the new Panasonic VariCam LT was introduced to the world. DV Info‘s Adam Wilt writes up a thorough review of the Panasonic VariCam LT, noting, “The LT … Panasonic AU-VSHL2 Shoulder Pad for VariCam LT is rated highly in the Gear category. The squishy buttons are gently illuminated with white LEDs, and the REC button glows red when the camera is recording. The mounts are field-swappable, requiring a few minutes with a 1.5mm hex key to loosen two locking screws. There is no timeline, playhead, or mode indicator shown, just the current timecode. With the LT I mainly went with the EF lenses, because that’s where I think it will be winning. Those wishing for more places to mount accessories can find cheeseplates from the likes of Wooden Camera or Berkey System, but fresh out of the box you’ll have to stick any extras on the handle itself, which has three 1/4” and four 3/8” sockets on top, and two 3/8” sockets on either side. INPUT 1/2 – 5-pin XLR for a dual-channel mike feed. ), VariCam LT is ideal for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, gimbal and drone shooting applications, as well as all types of cinéma vérité filmmaking. It is required reading before shooting raw with this combo—it’s not that there’s anything too odd about the setup, but you need to understand how the pieces fit together so you won’t be puzzled by them. And that’s just the gateway to a complete dailies, review and archiving system with Codex’s Production Suite. I often fed the EVF signal to a PIX-E5during tripod work while recording raw on an Odyssey 7Q+. “Canon DSLR records RAW video!” An April Fool’s Day FaceBook post I saw in 2012. Panasonic needs to address this with soft- and/or hardware upgrades. Did sound on a short film with a Panasonic Varicam LT earlier this year, and yeah the DoP was able to run quite a small lighting package. And that’s just the gateway to a complete dailies, review and archiving system with Codex’s Production Suite. A single-operator cinema camera that brings the quality of Panasonic’s high-end Varicam 35 (introduced last year) into a more compact and affordable package. Here’s what the WB page looked like after I’d saved a couple of custom white balances. The VariCam LT uses the same Super35mm-sized 4K MOS sensor as the VariCam 35, with a dual-ISO readout, 14+ stops of dynamic range, and improved color discrimination. Could we be looking at a Panasonic Varicam Mini? This UK review of Panasonic AU-VSHL2 Shoulder Pad for VariCam LT by Panasonic was verified on December 6, 2020. That becomes a bit tedious. - Panasonic Varicam color science - Shoots 4K 10-bit 4:2:2 at 400 Mbps footage - Unlimited recording time - Long battery life ( 2 hours on one battery, 4 hours with the grip ) - Time-code ( useful when syncing multiple cameras and audio recorders ) The S1H is the least expensive hybrid/cine camera that is able to meet the Netflix 4K criteria. That upper corner had a tendency to dig into my ear, or hook the eyepiece of my glasses, when I was positioning the camera on my shoulder. But what could this mean, exactly? View our Privacy Policy. The dial normally controls the iris on EF lenses but can also be switched to adjust audio input levels. Each recorded channel is individually settable in terms of manual or auto gain control, and manual level. Panasonic’s HVX200 of a decade ago worked in either DV tape mode or P2 card mode, and that switch similarly split the camera’s functionality into two flavors. Having a lightweight camera with lightweight and very fast lenses like the Canon L series f/1.4 and the sensitivity, you could see things like the aurora borealis. More than once I considered slinging a sound bag ‘round my neck just so I’d have the responsive realtime control my Sound Devices 302 mixer affords, and not worry about what mode my control dials were set to. Panasonic’s physical controls are well done: buttons are large, need firm but not excessive pressures, are easily findable by touch, and many are illuminated for use on dark stages. Grades can be sent to the EVF feed (and shown on the control panel in View mode) as well as to the two SDI outputs individually. Native frame rate (no VFR) using AVC-Intra2K 444. Single Super 35mm MOS Sensor; Interchangeable Stainless Steel EF Mount; Dual Native ISO 800/5000; 14 Stops of Dynamic Range with V-Log; Because of that you will put up with turning the camera on and off to change settings. Six unmarked softkeys surround the display. These four—um, five—settings in combination determine what the camera will let you do. Earlier today the new Panasonic VariCam LT was introduced to the world. So you save on the cameras and you save a load more on the lighting – that could be thousands of pounds a day. Once your account is created, you'll be logged-in to this account. Reviews. The graded image can also be recorded as the proxy clip. Panasonic AU-VGRP1G Grip Module for VariCam LT A grip module for use with the Panasonic VariCam LTKey Features: Mounts to ARRI Standard Rosette 8.3 to 10.4 The MEDIA page also give you a quick way to reformat the main and sub slot cards. There’s no better method for evaluating a camera’s performance. Made of a special water-resistant fabric with a soft lining, this flexible cover can be used for the VariCam LT. Available. Disclosure: Panasonic sent me a complete VariCam LT package for review in October 2016, including an Anton-Bauer battery and charger and a Canon 24-70mm EF zoom. “Don’t we already have F5s and F55s and FS7s, ever more Canon C-whatevers, and more REDs than we can shake a stick at?” All that is true: the LT enters a crowded field a bit late in the game. Please continue to Part 2 for more details…. The camera ships with a mount for Canon EF lenses; a PL mount is available too and is bundled in many of the kit configurations. When you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. For the DoP who perhaps doesn’t have access to massive lighting budgets, then the LT would make a massive difference. One workflow, no matter which camera you choose, you won’t need anything else. 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