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Panasonic debuts third-generation VariCam, reveals 4K monitor

17 April 2013
Panasonic debuts third-generation VariCam, reveals 4K monitor

At the NAB convention, Panasonic unveiled its third-generation VariCam HD production camera and a new 31-inch LCD production monitor with native 4K resolution for 4K/2K/HD cinema production. The recently announced AJ-PX5000G and AJ-PD500, the company’s first P2 HD camcorder and recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots, were also shown for the first time at NAB. The third-generation VariCam improves upon the camera brand’s signature features, off-speed shooting and film-like image production, whilst incorporating Panasonic’s new AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The camcorder utilises three advanced, full 1920 x 1080p wide dynamic range MOS imagers for native 1080/50p recording/operation, and boasts a true RGB imager/prism system that provides full resolution colour. With an EFP-style body, the VariCam’s 2/3 type B4 lens mount enables use of native format prime lenses and servo zooms, eliminating the expensive and cumbersome workarounds required when using such optics on larger formats. Among the camcorder’s top-level production features are realtime high frame rate, off-speed recording to 120fps in full 1080p (in AVC-Intra Class100), a wide dynamic range and 24-bit LPCM audio. The camera will feature a range of high-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100, AVC-Intra Class200 and AVC-Intra Class 4:4:4. The third-generation VariCam will be available early next year, with pricing to be announced. The BT-4LH310 is a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor for 4K/2K monitoring in the field, including use in a video village for live viewing of 4K cameras and devices with I/Os as well as for viewing of dailies. The 4LH310’s 4K 10-bit IPS panel affords native 4K resolution, a wide viewing angle, and faithful reproduction of up to 1.07 billion colours. Equipped with a production-tough aluminium frame, the BT-4LH310 features multiple professional inputs (including HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI); true colour processing with a 3D look-up table (LUT); HD/SD closed captioning; 28V DC operation for field use; and an eco-friendly panel with mercury-free LED backlight. In addition to 4K, the 4LH310 is ideal for 2K and HD resolutions, meaning it can be used for all types of cinema production and post production. The BT-4LH310 will be available in autumn 2013, with pricing to be announced.

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