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Panasonic Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount)

Panasonic Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
Key Features
  • Single Super 35mm MOS Sensor
  • Interchangeable Stainless Steel EF Mount
  • Dual Native ISO 800/5000
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range with V-Log
Panasonic's Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 is a single Super 35-sized sensor digital cinema camera with a lightweight magnesium body and interchangeable lens mount. It shares the same sensor as the Varicam 35, which features dual native ISO ratings of 800 and 5000. The camera is capable of capturing 14-stops of dynamic range when using V-Log and recording up to 60 fps at 4K, and up to 240 fps at 2K.
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Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Same Imager as VariCam 35
  • 4Wide 14+ Stops of Latitude
  • 5Dual Native ISO of 800/5000
  • 6Expansive Color Gamut
  • 7Scene Files and V-LOOK
  • 8Monitoring Output Terminals
  • 9Native 4K/60p Shooting
  • 102K/HD 240p Slow Motion
  • 11Multiple Codec 4K/UHD/2K/HD Recording
  • 12Media Card Recording
  • 13In-Camera Color Grading
  • 14Main and Proxy Recording
  • 15IR
  • 16Lightweight, Tough, and Flexible

Panasonic's Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 is a single Super 35-sized sensor digital cinema camera with a lightweight magnesium body and interchangeable lens mount. It shares the same sensor as the Varicam 35, which features dual native ISO ratings of 800 and 5000. The camera is capable of capturing 14-stops of dynamic range when using V-Log and recording up to 60 fps at 4K, and up to 240 fps at 2K.

You can record your footage to high-data-rate files using the camera's built-in expressP2 card slot (expressP2 cards not included) while simultaneously recoding proxy files to the camera's SD card slot. The proxy files can incorporate color grading changes that the high-resolution files do not, making it easy for post to see your intent, without baking the look into your high-quality, camera-original files. The camera features selectable gamma curves, allowing you to get the most out of the sensor. It supports recording using AVC-Intra, AVC-Intra 4K, and Apple ProRes codecs. The 3.5" control panel can function as an LCD screen or be used to control the camera's functions.

The VariCam LT ships with a removable stainless steel EF mount, which you can swap out for a PL mount if you choose. Please note that the PL mount is not included and must be sourced separately.

Same Imager as VariCam 35

The VariCam LT is equipped with the Super 35mm, single-chip MOS that offers 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. It boasts high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor's size delivers the classic cinematic depth of field as it is the same size as the film frame in motion picture cameras.

Wide 14+ Stops of Latitude

The camera features a dynamic range of 14+ stops when shooting in Panasonic's BV-Log, which enables accurate image rendering over the entire image, from dark areas to highlights. Even in very dimly lit scenes, the VariCam LT provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality.

Dual Native ISO of 800/5000

The sensor of the VariCam LT has two dedicated analog circuits that are implemented on every pixel. This allows the sensor to have two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras; however, the native 5000 ISO rating sidesteps the issue of adding gain to capture low light images.

Expansive Color Gamut

The VariCam LT is equipped with V-Gamut, which encompasses the entire BT.2020 color space.

Scene Files and V-LOOK

The VariCam-LOOK (V-LOOK) mode is a setting for creating cinematic images without color grading. Featuring a gamma curve that allows detail to be maintained over a greater tonal range within the Rec 709 color space that has also been included in the VariCam LT. The V-709 gamma setting provides a tone suitable for viewing on standard monitors while the BC-LOOK creates a look that mimics traditional TV broadcast images.

Monitoring Output Terminals

The VariCam LT provides down conversion to Full HD via two 3G HDSDI outputs and one VF output (BNC) while shooting in 4K.Your look with in-camera color grading and information overlay can be applied to each output.

Native 4K/60p Shooting

The maximum frame rate when recording in 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840x2160) resolution is 60p (60 fps).

2K/HD 240p Slow Motion

When shooting in 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920x1080) resolution, high-speed 240 fps recording can be used to produce an extreme slow-motion effect. Variable frame rates are available from 1 to 120 fps in AVC-Intra 2K422 and from 120 to 240 fps in AVC-Intra 2K-LT. The frame rate is variable in-shot while recording.

Multiple Codec 4K/UHD/2K/HD Recording

Using the AVC-Intra 4K codec, the VariCam LT can record 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. For 2K recording, the VariCam LT supports AVC-Intra 2K444/2K422/2K-LT. For HD recording, the VariCam LT supports AVC-Intra 444/422/100/LT and Apple ProRes 4444/HQ.

Media Card Recording

Using the 256 GByte expressP2 card, the camera can record approximately 90 minutes of 23.98p 4K video with AVC-Intra 4K422. The camera can simultaneously record proxy-quality footage to an SD card.

In-Camera Color Grading

The VariCam LT features an in-camera color grading function (3D LUT/CDL). This enables color tuning on set as well as in the field when using the camera control panel or 3rd party software. Grading information such as 3D LUT files and CDL files can be recorded simultaneously with the image data, providing a simple way of protecting your vision from overly aggressive editorial tweaking.

Main and Proxy Recording

The VariCam LT can record files to an SD memory card while simultaneously recording high-data-rate files to an optional expressP2 card.This feature lets you record an ungraded 4K master with V-Log in the main expressP2 card recorder while simultaneously recording graded HD files on the SD memory card.


The VariCam LT features a removable IR filter. This allows you the freedom to record footage with or without the IR cut filter in any lighting situation.

Lightweight, Tough, and Flexible

  • The lens mount is made of stainless steel and designed to prevent flange back deviation due to temperature changes.
  • The camera body is made of strong, rigid magnesium.
  • The top and bottom panels have been made flat for easy installation of various plates and accessories.
  • Mounting holes are provided on both sides as well as on the handle for convenient mounting of accessories.
UPC: 885170284128

Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Specs

Lens MountCanon EF
Sensor TypeSuper35 MOS
Built-In ND FilterMechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Variable Frame Rates1 to 240 fps
Audio Recording4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
Video I/O2 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
1 x BNC Monitor Output
Audio I/O1 x XLR 5-Pin Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output
Power I/O1 x XLR 4-Pin (11 to 17 VDC at 1.5 A) Output
1 x XLR 4-Pin (11 to 17 VDC) Input
Other I/O1 x Lens 12-Pin Control
1 x RCU 10-Pin Control Input/Output
1 x USB Type-B
1 x BNC (Timecode) Input/Output
1 x USB Type-A
1 x 20-Pin Control
1 x 6-Pin (GPS)
1 x BNC (Genlock) Input
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
1 x Lens 12-Pin Control
Resolution1,560,000 Dot
Display TypeIncluded External LCD
Battery TypeGold Mount
Power Consumption≥77 W
Accessory Mount1 x 1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions (W x H x D)7.2 x 9.1 x 9.7" / 184 x 230.5 x 247 mm (Without Protrusions)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15 x 14.5 x 11.5"

Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Reviews

Oldie but a goodie

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-25

Thought it was funny how the poor little Varicam gets so little attention..not even 1 review ! [we're 2021].  Point it is, if you can pick one up / rent one, you won't be disappointed. Been a VCam LT owner since late 2016. Finished shooting a feature on this (paired with Panasonic S1Hs) in Hong Kong. The results were beyond my expectations, paired with some great vintage cinema lenses. Best things about the camera: Panasonic color. Yes, there are a million great cameras out there, and all will give you pretty much what you need. However, the Panasonic color science is unique, IMHO. I don't know how to describe it - filmic? natural? - not sure, but there's something about it that does separate it out from many. Not an exaggeration to say it's up there with the Alexa. Not just skin tones, of course. The greens are uniquely perfect; digital cameras often have trouble with green shades. Highlight rolloff is excellent. Thankfully the same engineer in charge of the Varicam color applied it to the S1H. V Cam noise is also quite nice, grain-like. The 800 / 5000 ISO. This is super valuable. Being able to switch between this without any concern about noise or color shifting can't be overstated. 4 tracks of audio - good. The little control panel. The 422 10 bit H264 compression is very solid. 10 bit or 12 bit RAW output. Very sturdy; no trouble in rain. Built for cinema; no trouble with very difficult shooting circumstances. Battery lasts a surprisingly long time. Cons: No proper setting for real 2.35 anamorphic lenses. No in-camera chip vibration reduction. 6K would be great for punching in; however, I was shocked to see how well the 4K footage held up when my director was asking for non-stop optical zooms; I was going in up to 125-135% without any real issues. Not small or super-light. Full loaded it is very comfortable and well-balanced on the shoulder, but holding it out in front of you, it is heavy. 10 or 12 bit RAW output to Odyssey 7Q+ looks amazing, but the files are heavy - for 12 bit you're at about 1TB per hour. I feel like no-one even comes to this corner of the BH site, but if you happen to read this, I can't recommend the camera enough if you have a chance to use it or rent it (or buy it cheap). These days I'm sure it's cheap. I'll never get rid of mine.

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Does it come with the Panasonic viewfinder? Other ...

Does it come with the Panasonic viewfinder? Other retailers include a battery, P2 card and card reader, does B&H include these come as well?
Asked by: Travis
This option does not include the viewfinder. It is mainly just the body. There are kits that offer further accessories that can be seen here.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2019-06-06

Which AC adapter works with the Varicam LT?

Which AC adapter works with the Varicam LT?
Asked by: Leonardo
The Varicam LT has a 4 Pin XLR cable for power. You can use a Power Supply like B&H # INIP4PPS with this camera.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-05-31

What is difference between varicam lt and eva1

What is difference between varicam lt and eva1
Asked by: villamarzo
The varicam LT is the smaller version of the varicam 35. there are a lot of differences between the Varicam Line and the EVA-1. the varicam is a 10bit through and through camera system. the dual ISO are 800/5000 as apposed to the 800/2500 on the EVA-1. varicam is an AVC-Ultra camera that records to P2. there is a long list of differences between the cameras that can be found listed on the Panasonic cinema camera website.
Answered by: Sean
Date published: 2020-09-09

Does this come with a power supply?

Does this come with a power supply?
Asked by: Brandon
Correct - i bought it and there is no power supply included (there should be) with at 12k camera! :O
Answered by: Brandon
Date published: 2022-01-22


Does the camera come with an Anton Bauer battery plate?
Asked by: Patrick O.
The VariCam LT does come with a Gold Mount, Anton Bauer style battery connection. It does not come with a battery or charger though, we do have some nice kits from Anton Bauer and Switronix available that you may want to look in to.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Is this rolling shutter or global?

Is this rolling shutter or global?
Asked by: Lorie
This system has a rolling shutter, not global.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-05-26


what is the bit depth? I heard its only 10 bit???
Asked by: thomas
The camera maintains full 12-bit quantizing when in the 2K444 mode. All other modes are 10-bit. The fully 12-bit 2K444 mode is beautiful
Answered by: Scott
Date published: 2019-08-07

For compare who is the best to cinema shoot ...

For compare who is the best to cinema shoot vaicam lt or eva 1?
Asked by: villamarzo
Both cameras have their respective PROs and CONs, but in terms of feature sets as these apply for cinema, then the Varicam would edge out the EVA1,
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-09-10
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