VariCam LT $10,995 MSRP (after instant rebate) | Body
Weighing less than six pounds (body-only), the VariCam LT captures true 4K footage and is ideal for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, gimbal, and drone shooting applications, as well as cinéma vérité-style filmmaking. The VariCam LT offers a host of new features, including an EF lens mount, hot-swappable batteries, IR shooting capability, a 23.98 PsF output, cinema-style file naming, and scene files.
- Features a compact and lightweight magnesium body, weighing only 5.9lb (2.7kg)
- Newly-developed Super 35mm MOS sensor that provides true 4K images with 14+ stops of latitude for HDR content
- Dual-native ISO 800/5000 ISO feature that achieves higher sensitivity without increasing noise
- Expansive color gamut, V-Gamut, has a wider color gamut than that of film and exceeds BT2020 color space required for HDR content delivery
- Standard EF mount offers a wide array of lens choise, but can be removed by end-user and replaced with an optional PL mount
|Power||DC 12 V (11.0 V - 17.0 V)|
|Power consumption||47 W, with body only
77 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||Approx. 2.7 kg (6.0 lb), excluding handle and accessories
Approx. 3.0kg (6.6 lb), including handle,excluding accessories
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||184.0 mm x 230.5 mm x 247.0 mm
(7-1/4 inches x 9-3/32 inches x 9-3/4 inches)
Body only, excluding protrusion and accessories
|NOTE1||Ensure that the total current taken from the DC OUT terminal, LENS/GRIP terminal,DC OUT/RS terminal and USB HOST terminal does not exceed 30 W.|
|Pickup Devices||Super 35 mm, MOS sensor|
|Number of Pixels||Total pixels: Approx.10.3 million pixels,
Effective pixels: Approx. 8.9 million pixels
|Lens Mount||EF mount|
|Optical Filter||ND filter:
1: CLEAR, 2: 0.6 ND, 3: 1.2 ND, 4: 1.8 ND
|Gain setting||Native ISO: 800, 5000
800 Base: 200 to 4000
5000 Base: 1250 to 12800
[ISO] mode: ISO200 to ISO12800
[dB] mode: -12 dB to 14 dB (2 dB step)
|Shutter Speed||[deg] mode: 1.0 deg to 358 deg (0.1 deg step)
[sec] mode: 1/24 sec. to 1/250 sec. (for 24p)
|Sensitivity||[GAIN MODE]=[NORMAL], [GAMMA]=[VIDEO45]
F7 (2000 lx, 3200k, 89.9% reflection,1080/59.94p)
F8 (2000 lx, 3200k, 89.9% reflection,1080/50p)
|Memory Card Recorder||-|
|Recording Media||Main slot x 1: expressP2 card, P2 card
Sub slot x 1: SD memory card
|Recording Resolution||4096 x 2160 (4K), 3840 x 2160 (UHD),
2048 x 1080 (2K), 1920 x 1080 (HD)
|Recording Frame Rate||4K/UHD: Maximum 60fps or 50 fps
2K/HD: Maximum 240fps or 200 fps
|System frequency||59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p,59.94i, 50i|
|Recording Format (Main Recorder)||AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT, AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra2K422, AVC-Intra2K-LT, AVC-Intra444,AVC-Intra422,AVC-Intra-LT, AVC-Intra100, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444|
|Recording Format (Sub Recorder)||AVC-LongG6Recording|
|Video Signal||4096 x 2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
3840 x 2160/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p
2048 x 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p
1920 x 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
|Recording Time*1 (Main Codec)||When using expressP2 card 512 GB and when [FREQUENCY]= [23.98p]
AVC-Intra4K422, 23.98 fps:Approx. 180 min.
AVC-Intra4K422, VFR ON, 30 fps:Approx. 146 min.
AVC-Intra4K-LT, VFR ON, 60 fps:Approx. 128 min.
AVC-Intra422, VFR ON, 60 fps:Approx. 260 min.
ProRes 422 HQ VFR ON, 60fps:Approx. 134 min.
|Recording Time*1 (Sub Codec)||AVC-LongG6:Approx. 655 min.|
|Quantizing||AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra444: 12 bit
Others: 10 bit
|Video Compression Format||AVC-Intra4K422, AVC-Intra4K-LT, AVC-Intra2K444, AVC-Intra2K422, AVC-Intra2K-LT, AVC-Intra444,AVC-Intra422,
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444:
|Recording audio signal||48 kHz/24 bit, 4 ch|
|Headroom||18 dB/20 dB switchable menu|
|Video Compression Format (AVC Proxy)||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile|
|Audio Compression Format||AAC|
|Recording Time *3||Approx. 655 min.
When using a 64 GB SDXC memory card
|SDI Out1/SDI Out2||HD (1.5 G)/3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω|
|VF SDI||HD (1.5 G)/3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω|
|INPUT 1/2||XLR x 1, 5-pin|
|Input 3/Input 4||XLR x 2, 3-pin, Supports menu switching to select LINE/MIC or enable/disable the power supply of the microphone.|
|Phones||Stereo mini jack|
|Speaker||20 mm diameter, round x 1|
|GENLOCK IN||HD (1.5 G) /3G-SDI, 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω|
|TC IN/OUT||BNC x 1, Input/Output switching
Input: 0.5 V [p-p] to 8 V [p-p], 10 kΩ
Output: 2.0 V [p-p] ± 0.5 V[p-p], low impedance
|DC IN||XLR x 1, 4-pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V - 17.0 V)|
|DC OUT/RS||4-pin, DC 12 V (DC 11.0 V - 17.0 V),
maximum output current 1.0 A
|DC OUT||2-pin, DC12 V (DC 11.0 V - 17.0 V),
maximum output current 1.0 A
|USB (Device)||USB2.0 devices : Type B connector, 4-pin|
|USB (Host)||USB2.0 host : Type A connector, 4-pin|
|Control Panel||20-pin, control panel contact terminals|
|EF Mounting Contact||8-pin|
|Display Panel||LCD, 3.5-type QHD color monitor,
approx. 1.56 million dots
|NOTE2||*1: Figures are for continuous recording as one clips. Depending on the number or clips, the overall recording time may be shorter than the above.
*2: 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.
*3: Reference value for continuous recording. The recording the may differ depending on the scene or the number of clips.
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VariCam LT cinema camera for the professional or indie shooter
Weighing less than 6-lbs with a compact form factor, the VariCam LT is ideal for run-and-gun indie films, but also provides a professional workflow solution for camera crews working on high-end 4K productions. With it's one piece, short body design, the VariCam LT is ideal for handheld, Steadicam, jib, crane, gimbal and drone shooting applications, as well as all types of cinéma vérité filmmaking.
The VariCam LT offers a host of new features including an EF lens mount, hot swappable batteries, IR shooting capability, a 23.98 PsF output, cinema-style file naming, and scene files.
The VariCam LT utilizes the same super 35mm 4K native sensor as the VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. The camera is jam-packed with functionality in a small, yet efficient, economical camera body package. The LT body comes standard with a top handle, control panel and an EF lens mount. Additional packages with OLED viewfinders, PL lens mounts, recording media and other options are available as bundles.
NEW! EL Zone Exposure Map Tool
Achieving precise exposure is one the most important tasks for a cinematographer since blown out highlights and/or crushed blacks is a dead giveaway for video. With the release of the latest firmware for the VariCam LT, to achieve the best possible exposure, Panasonic has teamed with cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC to release the EL Zone System, which is an in-camera exposure map tool.
The EL Zone System has 15 delineated zones in 1 stop increments, plus -1/2 increments above and below 18% gray for setting precise skin tones. Each stop, or zone, is a solid color allowing you to identify the stop value. By showing you an entire scene exposure, it makes light level adjustments more precise.
NEW! Anamorphic De-Squeeze & Frame Marks for Vertical Video
The latest firmware for the VariCam LT adds new 1.8x and 1.5x anamorphic de-squeeze aspect ratios.
Additionally, there is now an in-camera custom aspect ratio frame marker generator that dials in just about any aspect ratio. With the rise in vertical viewing due to mobile phone video, shooters will be able to set 9 x 16 frame markings, or 1 x 1 markings to cover for both horizontal and vertical viewing. This makes shooting video for both standard and portrait/vertical video deliverables easier than ever.
Renowned VariCam Color Science
HDR-Ready 14+ stops of dynamic range in V-Log, plus the renowned VariCam image quality and color science.
Dual Native ISO 800/5000
With ISO 5000, you see more detail than the human eye at low light levels — without adding noise.
Reliable P2 Capture
Image handling in multiple formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K, HD and HD / 2k ProRes on reliable media.
Cinematic Multicamera Live Video Production
VariCam LT Goes Live with Full Studio Control
CineLive is the studio-style control system for the VariCam LT, offering greater capabilities than other cinema camera or studio camera systems. The VariCam LT is the only true Cinema Production camera that also functions as a true multi-cam live event camera. With CineLive, capture the Cinematic look of the VariCam’s Super 35mm sensor and rich, natural colors, while maintaining the full control and communication of a proper live production system. Integration with the AK-HRP1000 remote control panel enables remote shading of the camera image while simultaneously allowing separate control of the internally recorded signal.
Output a shaded image while recording either a shaded or V-Log signal internally for later use. Output HD live while recording internally in 4K or HD. Monitor in SDR while outputting in HDR. The VariCam LT has two SDI outputs for HD broadcast, allowing one for a clean signal to the switcher as well as a second for monitoring camera status and menu navigation. A third output is utilized for viewfinder use at the camera. CineLive is compatible with fiber transport systems from companies such as MultiDyne and can switch between 4K & HD, SDR & HDR as your needs arrive.
Featured Case Studies & Testimonials
Moving between the worlds of documentary and narrative, Cinematographer Joe Gabriel recently finished shooting science series 'Brainchild', which he shot on a VariCam LT. Shooting a scripted show on a non-scripted budget, Gabriel was dealing with a limited amount of resources and time, which required a lot of versatility and flexibility in terms of camera equipment.
CineLive is a firmware upgrade for the VariCam LT that enables broadcast shading and multi-camera control plus tally and return video management. This allows a production to create a cinematic look with excellent low-light performance for live and near-live productions, including concerts, sports, sitcoms, religious broadcasts, and more.
Cinematographer William Wages, ASC (The Forgiven, Sun Records) reveals what he likes about VariCam's dual native sensitivity.
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* is a YouTube Red series, shot by cinematographer Charles Papert with VariCam LTs.
Shot on VariCam LT in NY and NJ using AVC-Intra 4K422. All the dark scenes are shot with ISO5000. Dejan Georgevich, ASC Cinematographer.
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