Panasonic announces the VariCam LT (EF mount camcorder)

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Seems like Panasonic continues to have no plan to make a Micro Four Thirds mount camcorder. They announced a new VariCam LT 4K cinema camera with EF mount instead.

Newsshooter talked to Panasonic at the Hollywood launch of the Varicam LT

Newsshooter talks to Panasonic at the Hollywood launch of the Varicam LT from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Here is the full press text:

Panasonic today unveiled the VariCam LT, representing the next generation of 4K cinema cameras. The VariCam LT camcorder inherits the same super 35mm sensor and superb imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price.

Incorporating this identical imaging “DNA” in a more compact rendition, the VariCam LT (model AU-V35LT1G) delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and the esteemed cinematic VariCam image quality and color science, as well as the VariCam 35’s breakout innovation, dual native ISOs of 800/5000.

Weighing just under six pounds and having superior capability to similar sized cameras, the VariCam LT will be the ideal camera for handheld, SteadiCam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work. The VariCam LT is likewise tailor-made for owner/operators, independent filmmakers, documentary makers and corporate production creators.

The VariCam LT delivers superb image handling in multiple formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and like the VariCam 35, is fully capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) field capture. The new 4K camcorder offers Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30p) and ProRes 422 HQ (up to 60p) support for HD recording, as well as Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced video codecs.

New codecs introduced in the VariCam LT include AVC-Intra LT and AVC-Intra 2K-LT, both designed to offer capture rates up to 240fps in imager crop mode, ideal for sports and other fast motion footage.

Powerful color management capabilities combined with VariCam’s extended color gamut and support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow allow for full fidelity mastering of original source material. The VariCam LT offers in-camera color grading, with the ability to record an ungraded 4K master along with all on-set grading metadata. A new color processing feature is “V-LOOK,” which acts as a blend of V-Log and video, and allows filmic documentary acquisition without the same need for intense color grading.

The VariCam LT differs from the VariCam 35 in being a one-piece, short-bodied camcorder vs. a two-piece camera head plus recorder. While the VariCam LT does not feature parallel sub-recording, it does have an SD slot for high-resolution proxy recording. Proxy files can be wirelessly uploaded via FTP, which facilitates wireless color grading. Variable frame rates are available with LongG6 recording.

There is one expressP2 card for all formats including high frame rate and HD/2K/UHD and 4K recording (the 256Gbyte expressP2 card can record up to 90 minutes of 4K/4:2:2/23.98p content). RAW output from SDI is planned to be supported by a firmware upgrade in early summer 2016.

The VariCam LT features an EF mount (vs. the VariCam 35’s PL mount), suitable for the wide array of lenses available for smaller cameras.* The EF mount can be switched out to a robust standard PL mount, expanding the range of compatible lenses that can be used. The control panel can be separated from the camera body to facilitate real-time control and easy menu access. The camcorder has a production-tough magnesium body to assure durability and reliability in challenging shooting locations.

Other features new to the VariCam LT are power hot swap, IR shooting (further enhancing the camcorder’s extreme low-light capture at ISO 5000), 23.98 PsF output, and image presets as scene files.

Among the camcorder’s top-level production assets are ND filters (CLEAR, 0.6, 1.2, 1.8), an optional OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality, 24-bit LPCM audio for in-camera audio master recording, Focus Assist, anamorphic lens de-squeeze, special REC functions (PreRec, interval, one-shot), IP control via Panasonic’s AK-HRP200 camera remote controller, and built-in GPS.

Professional interfaces include: 3G-HD-SDI x 3 (SDI-OUT X 2 and VF), LAN, genlock in, timecode in/out, USB2.0 Host and USB2.0 Device (mini B), and three XLR inputs (one 5-pin, two 3-pin) to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. In addition, its flexible interfaces allow use of the Panasonic AU-VCVF10G viewfinder, as well as 3rd party viewfinder solutions.

The VariCam LT will be available at the end of March in two packages, suggested list price $18,000 (body only) and suggested list price $24,000 (body + AU-VCVF10G viewfinder).

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For 43rumors readers: DENOISE PRO Software now 72% off (exp. Feb.29)

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After FR also SAR and 43rumors readers can grab a special deal available only for you :)

You save 72% on the DENOISE projects professional software (Click here to get the discount and see the final price). This software, 100% developed in Germany, removes all forms of image noise: luminance noise, colour noise, banding, hot pixels & more. It can be used as a stand-alone Program or Plug-in (on both, Windows or Mac).

You can  learn more about the software here and order it here.

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Bad news: The Panasonic 25mm $99 deal will not be honored by BH.

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Back in December Panasonic launched a great deal on the 25mm f/1.7 lens which was on sale for $99 only. The preorders were very high and shipment were expected to be fulfilled by March. But well we got bad news for you today: All those $99 preorders were canceled by BH:

“I am sorry to hear about this situation. Regrettably, Panasonic is not continuing production of this item at this time and we have no way to fulfill any of the backorders which is why it was cancelled.”

Damn it :(

And also Adorama (Click here) says the lens is no longer available:

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Press text: Xacti, nac Image Technology, Meitu, Autel, and 3db Hardware Technology join the MFT Group

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Olympus Japan issued the following press text. We got five new MFT group members:

We are pleased to announce that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

The Xacti Corporation, which has been the world’s leading OEM manufacturer of digital cameras over 20 years, nac Image Technology Inc., a total supplier of professional imaging systems equipment, Meitu (Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.), a mobile internet company in China, Autel (Autel Robotics Co., Ltd.), a developer, manufacturer, and provider of UAV aerial photography products, and 3db Hardware Technology, a provider of digital cameras and imaging engines, join the Micro Four Thirds System standard group.

Xacti Corporation:

A Japanese company being world’s leading ODM/OEM with advanced capabilities of developing various cutting-edge digital devices in the era of IoT. Aiming to realize their corporate mission “Innovate the way people live” by expanding human’s five senses through digital technologies.

Xacti’s Website
http://www.xacti-co.com/en/

nac Image Technology, Inc. :

nac Image Technology was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Its core business is the development, manufacturing and sales of imaging and measurement equipment for research and development in industry, academia and government, as well as the sales and rental of video production equipment for the motion picture, CM production and television industries.

nac Image Technology’s Website
https://www.nacinc.jp/

Autel Robotics Co., Ltd. :

Autel Robotics was established in 2014 as a subsidiary of Autel Corporation to develop, manufacture, and provide aerial photography and industrial UAV products.

Autel Robotics’ Website
http://www.autelrobotics.com

Meitu(Xiamen Meitu Mobile Technology Co., Ltd.) :

Meitu Company was established in 2008 and it is a mobile internet company in China, creating MeituPic, BeautyCam, Meipai, MakeupPlus, SelfieCity and other Apps, as well as Meitu Smartphone, Meitu Smart Camera and other hardware products, based on the art of “beauty”.

Meitu’ Website
http://www.meitu.com/bf1

3db Hardware Technology Inc. :

3db was established in 2014 based in Shenzhen, China. 3db camera, powered by SuperSense engine, could provide users with very easy-to-use and easy-to-share photography experiences. 3db also provides imaging engine modules for drone makers, AR/VR device makers, etc.

3db Hardware Technology’ Website
http://www.3dbhardware.com/

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