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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • Single Super 35mm MOS Sensor
  • Interchangeable Stainless Steel EF Mount
  • Dual Native ISO 800/5000
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range with V-Log
  • 4K Up to 60 fps, 2K/HD Up to 240 fps
  • Simultaneous Dual Codec Recording
  • Selectable Gamma Curves
  • Removable IR Cut Filter
  • AVC-Intra, ProRes
  • 3.5" LCD Control Panel
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Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Panasonic Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
  • EF Mount
  • Control Panel
  • Top Handle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Specs

    Image Sensor
    Image Sensor Size Super35
    Sensor Type MOS
    ISO 800 (Native)
    Lens Mount Canon EF
    Built-In ND Filter Mechanical Filter Wheel with 2 Stop (1/4), 4 Stop (1/16), 6 Stop (1/64) ND Filters
    Recording Media 1 x expressP2 Card Slot
    1 x SDXC Card Slot
    Internal Recording
    Recording Modes AVC-Intra 4:2:2:
    4096 x 2160p at 23.98/24/25/29.97 fps 
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97 fps 
    AVC-Intra LT:
    4096 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps 
    3840 x 2160p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94 fps 
    Audio Recording 4-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz
    Video Connectors 2 x BNC (3G-SDI) Output
    1 x BNC Monitor Output
    Audio Connectors 1 x 5-Pin XLR Input
    2 x 3-Pin XLR Input
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone Output
    Other I/O 1 x 12-Pin Lens Control 
    1 x 10-Pin RCU Control Input/Output
    1 x USB Type-B 
    1 x BNC Timecode Input/Output
    1 x USB Type-A 
    1 x 20-Pin Monitor 
    1 x 6-Pin GPS 
    1 x BNC Genlock Input
    1 x RJ45 LAN 
    1 x 12-Pin Lens Control 
    Screen Size 3.5"
    Battery Type Gold Mount
    Power Connectors 1 x 4-Pin XLR (11 to 17 VDC at1.5 A) Output
    1 x 4-Pin XLR (11 to 17 VDC) Input
    Power Consumption ≥77 W
    Accessory Mount 1 x 1/4"-20 Female
    Dimensions 7.2 x 9.1 x 9.7" / 184 x 230.5 x 247 mm (Without Protrusions)
    Weight 6.0 lb / 2.7 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 14.5 x 11.5"

    Panasonic VariCam LT EF-Mount Reviews

    Cinema VariCam LT 4K S35 Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best camera on the market at this price point You can’t go wrong with this camera. I owned a C300mkII for the past 4 years and recently upgraded to the Varicam LT. The camera balances perfectly on my shoulder (I’m using the Panasonic shoulder mount and grip), way better than the C300mkII ever did with any kind of rig imaginable (I tried several and never felt satisfied with any of them, just hurt my back with the added weight). The Varicam definitely feels like I can grab it from my bag and start shooting right away, moving fast from tripod to shoulder mount to handheld low angle. The image quality is outstanding and the highlight roll off is almost as good as with Arri, big improvement from my C300mkII. The dual ISO sensitivity works pretty well, giving you a nice clean image even at high ISO. The things I’m missing from my C300mkII are autofocus (even though I barely used it professionally, but it was a nice tool to have) and faster boot up time. I’m really satisfied with the Varicam, it feels incredibly solid without being too heavy.
    Date published: 2019-06-01
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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


    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


    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: 2018-12-09


    Will the 12-pin lens connector work with ENG lenses? Specifically, will it power the servo and start/stop recording? I know a 2/3 lens will require a physical adapter for proper spacing. Will the single chip correct for chromatic aberration like the single chip ENG cameras?Thanks,Scott
    Asked by: scott e.
    The 12-Pin connector has been put on the VariCam LT specifically for powering and controlling B4 lenses. There is even a setting in the menus for Lens Connect Type that you can set to B4. As far as chromatic aberration the best way to limit or avoid that will be to use a high quality adapter. MFT Services Ltd makes a very nice B4 2/3 to EF adapter with Multi Layer Coated Optics.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Will this be an active EF mount that will support AF and IS? Thanks!
    Asked by: Adam J.
    it will support IS (image stabilization) but will not support auto focus
    Answered by: Sean D.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    wanted to know whether you guys can ship to India?
    Asked by: Vinayak G.
    We can ship this product to India. Simply add the product to your shopping cart and follow the check out procedures. Your shipping costs will be presented to you.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Do you need the viewfinder to have full camera control or are there other options?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You need a EVF or a monitor to fully set up the camera.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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