By Jose Antunes
The mysterious camera from Panasonic will be revealed to the world June 2, at the Paramount Theater, during an exclusive preview of the new model.
The new model, covered by a translucent veil, was on show at NAB 2017, with other models that were also making the news during the show: the VariCam LT, VariCam 35, VariCam HS, and VariCam Pure. But the mystery camera was never completely revealed, leaving people to imagine what was under the cloth.
From the type of mount used to the sensor – MFT?, asked some – people imagined their “dream camera” based on what could be seen. The images available were used to guess the sensor size – some say it is Super 35 – while others add that the mount may well be Canon EF. Looking at the form factor, some people suggest that a Sony FS5 and Canon C100/300 killer is about to emerge.
Whatever it is, it may fit within the space that goes from the GH5 to the entry level of the VariCam family. With so many users of the Lumix GH5 asking for another platform that extends its potential in another form factor, Panasonic may have decided it was a good idea to create that camera, as a way to keep people using the brand, even if they move to a new platform.
We know the camera will be released this Fall, that it is a small and lightweight model, able to shoot cinematic images, and offers a lower-cost media and workflow solution. That’s how much Panasonic revealed during NAB 2017.
The Lumix GH5 was an important new model at the NAB 2017 show, but no one could escape the questions raised by a camera hidden in plain view. Panasonic seems to love the veil/unveil solutions, and has used
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