Panasonic VariCam Super 35

Panasonic Varicam Super 35 (AU-V35C1) 4K PL Mount Video Camera with a Super 35mm MOS Sensor and AVC-ULTRA 4K Codec

With its innovative design, the 4K camera module unit (AU-V35C1) is separate but dockable to the recording module unit (AU-VREC1), which is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” camera module unit (AU-V23HS1) (see separate news release). This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the s35mm 4K camera and the AVC-ULTRA recorder, providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs. This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” 1080p camera, enabling professionals to switch between s35mm and 2/3” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

“Evoking the VariCam heritage of gorgeous, cinematic image rendition, this VariCam 35 establishes new standards for 4K production,” said Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “With its expanse of formats ranging from flawless 4K RAW output to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K and HD capture, the VariCam 35 represents a matchless option for premier digital capture.”

The VariCam 35 utilizes a new Panasonic super 35mm MOS sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture; this imager when combined with the AVC-ULTRA codecs for 4K enables very manageable and practical 4K production file sizes. The new imager boasts an impressive 14+ stops of latitude, and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide dynamic range imagery without compromise. Powerful color management capabilities provide a much extended color gamut for impeccable image fidelity, and permit support for an Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow for full fidelity mastering of original source material.

Among the camera/recorder’s top-level production features are real-time, high frame rate, variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps, proving the capability for master level 2K/FHD recording; and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/ UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring / editing ease. The camera also features a newly-developed OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality. Lastly, 24-bit LPCM audio is added for in-camera audio master recording.

The VariCam 35 will deliver an unprecedented breadth of recording formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K, and 2K and FHD in AVC-Intra 100/200.* Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the camera encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with 4K and 2K production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 Mbps down to 1.5Mbps. Wireless workflows for proxy streaming and metadata management will also be available.

The VariCam 35 will use Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high frame rate and 4K recording (see separate news release). The camera is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content. The microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.

    A New Vision and Revolution in Filmmaking — Cinema VariCam 35

  • The Cinema VariCam line of cameras has been used on a wide variety of movies, commercials, and TV programs, and is renowned for its color reproduction, look, and for bringing progressive workflows to the production industry.
  • This technology and know-how are now invigorating a new lineup.
  • VariCam 35 boasts the highest-quality images of the new VariCam Series.
  • It features a dynamic range with 14+ stops of latitude and a wide color gamut, acquisition functions that support 4K/120fps uncompressed RAW recording with Codex V-RAW Recorder* to bring form to the vision of today's image creators.
  • It's part of a revolution, a highly innovative workflow led by dual codec recording, in-camera color grading, and a modular design with superlative durability, system expandability, and operating ease.
  • Experience what it can do to achieve your vision, and join in the ultimate revolution — with the VariCam 35.
  • Varicam Super 35 Camera Body
  • Varicam Recording Module
  • OLED Viewfinder
  • Arri Top Handle assembly
  • 19mm Bridgeplate and Sliding plate
  • 400mm & 240mm 19mm Bars
  • 300mm and 150mm 15mm Bars
  • 3 x 256GB Express P2 Cards
  • 1 x Express P2 Reader (USB 3.0)
  • 3 x 64GB Micro-P2 Cards
  • 1 x Micro-P2 to P2 card adapter
  • 4-Way D-tap Splitter
  • 6 x HawkWoods VL-175HP V-lock Batteries and Charger
  • 2 x HawkWoods 14.4v XBOX Block Batteries and Charger
Power DC 12 V(11.0 V – 17.0 V)
Power Consumption 69 W (Body only)
99 W(with all optional accessories connected and maximum power supplied from each output terminal)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
Operating Humidity 10% to 85% (relative humidity)
Storage Temperature −20°C to 60°C (–4°F to 140°F)
Weight Approx. 5.0kg (11.02 lb)(excluding accessories)
Dimensions W 179 mm x H 230.5 mm x D 347 mm
(7-1/16 inches x 9-3/32 inches x 13-21/32 inches)
(body only, excluding protrusions and accessories)
Ensure that the total current from the DC OUT terminal, VF terminal, and LENS terminal of the camera module, and the DC OUT/RS terminal and USB HOST terminal of the recording module does not exceed 30 W
Camera Module (AU-V35C1G)
Pickup Device Super35 mm, MOS, 8.9 megapixels
Number of Pixels Total pixels: Approx.10.3 million pixels
Effective pixels: Approx. 8.9 million pixels
Lens Mount 35 mm PL mount
Optical Filter ND filter: 1: CLEAR, 2: 0.6 ND 3: 1.2 ND, 4: 1.8 ND
EI Settings Native ISO: 800, 5000
800 Base: 200 to 4000
5000 Base: 1250 to 12800
Shutter speed [deg] mode: 1.0 deg to 358 deg (0.5 deg step)
[sec] mode: 1/24 sec to 1/250 sec (for 24p mode)
Recording Module (AU-VREC1G) When used with AU-V35C1G
Memory Card Recorder
Recording Media express P2 card, P2 card, microP2 card
Recording Resolution 4096×2160, 3840×2160, 2048×1080, 1920×1080
Recording Framerate 4K/UHD: Maximum 100p/120p 
2K/HD: Maximum 100p/120p
System Frequency 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
Recording Format (Main Recorder) AVC-Intra4K444, AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT, AVC-Intra2K444
AVC-Intra2K422, AVC-Intra444, AVC-Intra200, AVC-Intra422,

 AVC-Intra100, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444 *1
Recording Format (Sub Recorder) AVC-Intra2K422, AVC-Intra422, AVC-Intra100
AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25
Recording Video Signal 4096×2160 / 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
3840×2160 / 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
2048×1080 / 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
1920×1080 / 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
Recording Time *2
(Main Codec) When using 256 GB expressP2 card

 AVC-Intra4K444 (24p): Approx. 45 min.
AVC-Intra4K422 (VFR ON, 50fps/60fps): Approx. 36 min.

 AVC-Intra4K422 (VFR OFF, 24p): Approx. 90 min.
AVC-Intra4K-LT (VFR ON, 100fps/120fps): Approx. 32 min.
AVC-Intra100 (VFR ON, 100fps/120fps): Approx. 64 min.

 ProRes 422 HQ *1 (VFR ON, 60fps): Approx. 60 min.
Recording Time *2
(Sub Codec) When using 64 GB microP2 card

 AVC-Intra2K422 (25p/29.97p): Approx. 64 min.
AVC-Intra100 (25p/29.97p): Approx. 64 min.
AVC-LongG50 (25p/29.97p): Approx. 128 min.
AVC-LongG25 (25p/29.97p): Approx. 256 min.
Digital Video
Quantizing AVC-Intra4K444, AVC-Intra2K444

AVC-Intra444: 12 bit, others: 10 bit
Video Compression Format AVC-Intra4K444, AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT, AVC-Intra2K444
AVC-Intra2K422, AVC-Intra444, AVC-Intra200, AVC-Intra422
AVC-Intra100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile AVC-LongG50
AVC-LongG25: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444: Apple ProRes *1
Recording Audio Signal 48kHz / 24 bit, 4ch
Head Room 18 dB/20 dB switchable menu

File Format MOV
Video Compression Format H.264/AVC High Profile
Audio Compression Format LPCM
Recording Time (1 GB)*2 Approx.25 min.
Video Input/Output
SDI OUT HD (1.5G)/3G SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω (1 set, 4 pieces)
MON OUT1 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
MON OUT2 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
VF SDI HD (1.5G)/3G SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
Audio Input/Output
AUDIO IN(CH1/CH2) XLR x 2, 3-pin, LINE/MIC/MIC+48V/AES switchable
MIC IN XLR x 1, 5-pin
PHONES Stereo mini jack
Speaker 20 mm diameter, round x 1
Other Input/Output
GENLOCK IN HD (1.5G)/3G SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
TC IN/OUT Head rBNC x 1, Input/Output switching
IN: 0.5 V[p-p] to 8 V[p-p], 10 kΩ
OUT: 2.0 V ± 0.5 V[p-p], low impedanceoom
DC IN XLR 4 -pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V to 17.0 V)
DC OUT/RS 4-pin, DC12 V (DC11.0 V to 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A
DC OUT 2-pin, DC12 V (DC11.0 V to 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A
LENS 12-pin x 1, 4-pin x 2
VF 14-pin
USB2.0: (device) Type B connector, 4-pin
USB2.0: (host) Type A connector, 4-pin
EXT 50-pin, exclusive for external recording only
Control Panel
Display Panel LCD, 3.5-type QHD color monitor, approx. 1.56 million dots
Extension Module (AU-VEXT1G)
Power DC 12 V (11.0 V to 17.0 V)
Power Consumption 33 W (Body only)
63 W (With all optional accessories connected and maximum power supplied from each output terminal)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Operating Humidity 10% to 85% (Relative humidity)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (–4°F to 140°F)
Weight Camera Extension Module: Approx. 0.95 kg (2.09 lb)
Recording Extension Module: Approx. 0.65 kg (1.43 lb)
Dimensions Camera Extension Module: W 121 mm x H 143 mm x D 73 mm
(4-25/32 inches x 5-21/32 inches x 2-7/8 inches)
Recording Extension Module: 106 mm x 143 mm x 61 mm
(4-3/16 inches x 5-21/32 inches x 2-13/32 inches)
DC IN XLR 4-pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V to 17.0 V)
DC OUT 2-pin, DC 12 V (DC11.0 V to 17.0 V), maximum output current 1.0 A
EXT 48-pin
Electronic HD Color View Finder (AU-VCVF1G)
Display Panel OLED, 0.7-type, approx. 2.76 million dots
Signal Input 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/60p

*: Specification is as of April 2016. Specification subject to change upon firmware upgrade.

 *1: ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec is under license from Atomos. Atomos is a trademark and copyright of Atomos Global Pty. Ltd.

 *2: Figures are for continuous recording as one clip. Depending on the number of clips, the overall recording time may be shorter than the above.