Panasonic EVA1 – the camera we’ve been waiting for?

The Panasonic EVA1 has been gradually making more and more waves since it was announced earlier this Summer. The first big splash was, of course, the price. At $7,495 US (under $8k as promised) it’s priced just under the beloved Canon C300 MK II and Sony FS7 II. Has Panasonic finally found its place in the market?

But of course, a camera is far more than just a receipt. With the first footage soon to be released, right now we’re all pixel peepers running thru the specs! (Scroll down for a full spec breakdown.) Will the Super 35mm 5.7K Sensor live up to the hype?

The in-camera recording formats and compression rates are impressive, as is the dual native ISO, something unique to VariCams. The 5.7K sensor starts at a higher res which means a higher resolving image when downsampled to 4K, UHD, or 2K. According to Panasonic this leads to, “a finer, more accurate finished image.”

The EVA1 out in the world!

From Italian filmmaker Filippo Chiesa who used the EVA1 and Zacuto gear on an official Panasonic shoot in Iceland last month.

As a pro filmmaker, I need to work in the best way possible. Working with the right tools make a huge difference and helps me to work faster. A good camera without a good EVF, is like a Ferrari without a wheel. This is why I own the amazing Gratical Eye and this is why I also used the Gratical HD and other fantastic Zacuto gear in the first Panasonic EVA1 official video.

As a VariCam LT owner, I really enjoyed working with the very new EVA1. Same VariCam look and colors. 4K DCI 10bit 4:2:2 150Mbps Long Gop on-board recording (future free firmware upgrade will increase this to 400Mbps Intra Frame). Panasonic fulfilled its objective with the EVA1.

Panasonic EVA1 with Zacuto gear

Italian Filmmaker Filippo Chiesa filming in Iceland with our Recoil Rig setup.

Panasonic EVA1 with Zacuto gear

Fully rigged out for a Panasonic shoot in LA with ZEISS Camera Lenses CZ.2 zoom, a Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+, plus our VCT Probaseplate and a prototype Top Plate.

So, what’s Zacuto got for the Panasonic EVA1?

We’re making a couple of special accessories to enhance the EVA1 experience. Our VCT Pro Baseplate and Recoil concept (balanced rigs that place the camera directly over your shoulder) are perfect for the EVA1. We’ve made a Z-Finder, a Top Plate, and a new Zgrip Trigger to customize a Recoil rig for this camera.

Panasonic EVA Z-Finder

  • 2x magnification
  • Slides on to Panasonic EVA LCD screen
  • Z-Finder can snap on and off as well as flip up with a press of a lever
  • Can mount directly to Panasonic LCD mount
  • Optional additional mount to mount to Axis Mini – 360° adjustable arm
  • zacuto z-finder for panasonic eva1 camerazacuto z-finder for panasonic eva1 camera
    Panasonic EVA Top Plate

  • Mounts between Panasonic’s removable handle and the camera body
  • Optional 15mm rod lock on front for mounting an Axis Mini – perfect if you want to use a Gratical EVF
  • 15mm rod port on the back right side (assistant side) for mounting an articulating Zamerican Arm – good for monitors/recorders)
  • Panasonic EVA Grip Relocator

  • Mounts using rosette to VCT Pro Baseplate
  • Flip-up Zgrip Trigger style
  • Questions or comments about the EVA1 and our gear? Comment below or contact us at or 312 863 3456.

    Panasonic AU-EVA1 Official Specs

    Image Sensor
    Size Super 35

    Note: 4/3″-type size crop for 200/240 fps shooting

    Resolution 5.7K
    Total Pixels: 6340 x 3232 (approx. 20.49 MP)
    Effective: 5720 x 3016 (approx. 17.25 MP)
    Exposure Latitude 14 stops
    Sensitivity ISO: 200-2000 (base 800), 1000-25,600 (base 2500)
    dB: -12 to 8 (normal sensitivity), -8 to 20 (high sensitivity)
    Shutter Speed Degrees: 1-358° (0.5° steps)
    Seconds: 1/24.1 sec to 1/8000 sec (at 23.98p)
    Color Temperature 2000-15,000K
    Lens System
    Lens Mount EF
    Built-In ND Filters 2, 4, 6 stops
    IR Filter Defeatable IR-cut
    Recording Resolution 4096 x 2160
    3840 x 2160
    2048 x 1080
    Processing MOV: 10-bit, 4:2:2
    MOV/AVCHD: 8-bit, 4:2:0
    Compression: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile
    Bit-Rate: Up to 150 Mbps
    Recording Media SD card (V60 rating required for all frame-rates and resolutions)
    System Frequency Selection 59.94p, 59.94i (AVCHD only), 50p, 50i (AVCHD only), 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
    SDI Output 1 x BNC, HD/3G/6G-SDI (record start/stop supported)
    Format: 10-bit, 4:2:2
    4096 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97
    3840 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97
    1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1080PsF 23.98/24/25/29.97
    1080i 50/59.94
    720p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    HDMI Output 1 x HDMI Type A (record start/stop supported)
    Format:: 10-bit, 4:2:2
    4096 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    3840 x 2160 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1080p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    1080i 50/59.94
    720p 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94
    576p 50
    480p 59.94
    Recording Format MOV: 24-bit, 48kHz LPCM
    AVCHD: 16-bit, 48kHz Dolby Audio
    Headroom 18/20 dB (menu switchable)
    Other I/O 1 x BNC, timecode in/out
    1 x 40-pin, LCD connector
    1 x 2.5mm, remote
    1 x USB 2.0 Type A, wireless module (AJ-WM50)
    LCD Monitor Size: 3.5″ / 8.9 cm
    Type: Touchscreen LCD
    Dots: 1,150,000
    Stabilization Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
    I/O HDMI video output
    SDI video output
    XLR audio inputs
    Power Input Battery: 7.28 VDC
    Power Supply: 12 VDC
    Power Consumption 19 W (typical)
    Environmental Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Operating Humidity: 10-85% RH
    Dimensions 6.7 x 5.3 x 5.2″ / 17 x 13.5 x 13.3″ (excluding protrusions and accessories)
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg (without accessories)
    4.5 lb / 2.1 kg (with accessories)


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    2 Responses to “Panasonic EVA1 – the camera we’ve been waiting for?”

    1. Peter Hitchcock on November 20th, 2017 11:07 am

      What source powers the viewfinder? Do I need to buy an additional battery setup?

    2. Rachel Mahrle on November 20th, 2017 11:13 am
      Rachel Mahrle

      The LCD viewfinder is just a loupe over the camera LCD. We have a couple of different electronic viewfinder which you can check out here The X and HD have their own power. The Eye needs external batteries. – Rachel, Z-Team

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