Panasonic VariCamHS | AU-V23HS1G
The VariCam HS –
Changing the Way Action is Captured
The 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.
Now the VariCam HS has arrived.
Drawing on the traditions and concept of the original VariCam line,
VariCam HS helps its users capture action with its 2/3 3MOS and bayonet lens mount,
continuous 240fps recording, and also revolutionizes workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording,
in-camera color grading, and a modular design.
The feature-rich VariCam HS is ready to capture all the action of your next project.
High Speed 240fps Images with VariCam Look
The new VariCam HS has 14 stops of latitude and offers a wide dynamic range approaching film cameras. The VariCam HS supports a high frame rate of up to 240 fps, thus achieving dramatic slow-motion effects. The camera is rugged and designed for flexible setup and operation. It allows smooth and unrestricted camera work, letting creators to express their emotions through the images.
Dailies in Camera Changes the Production Workflow
The new VariCam series allows color tuning and creating dailies on-site, thanks to the in-camera color grading. In addition, the double-recorder and dual-codec recording function allows simultaneous recording of master and dailies for offline editing and previewing. This streamlines the production process and allows easy linking with network media, revolutionizing conventional moviemaking styles and ushering in next-generation workflows. Superb Picture Quality with High-Speed 240 fps Recording
Newly Developed 2/3-type 2.2-Megapixel 3MOS Sensor
The VariCam HS features a 2/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS sensor developed specially for this model. It achieves high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range.
14 Stops of Latitude
The dynamic range is 14 stops or more. The wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image area, from dark parts to highlights. Even in dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, the VariCam HS provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality.
The "VariCam Look" with Evolved Color Gamut and Dynamic Range
The VariCam HS is equipped with the gamma curve which has evolved to "V-Log," further extending the dynamic range of the "F-REC" gamma curve, which was highly acclaimed in the original VariCam. It is capable of recording the 14 stops of dynamic range offered by the VariCam HS, and enhances grading flexibility.
High Frame Rate Records at 240 fps
When using the AVC-Intra100 codec for recording, the frame rate can be set in the range of 1 fps to 240 fps. Overcranking at the maximum speed of 10x provides a slow-motion effect of about 1/10 normal speed. The frame rate can be changed while recording, allowing smooth variation of the slow-motion effect within the same scene. When set to a low frame rate, undercranking (quick-motion effect) can be achieved.
Optimized Internal Optical Filter
The VariCam HS has a high-precision internal optical filter made by bonding an optical low-pass filter and IR glass and providing it with a UV/IR-cut coating (membrane). The low-pass filter eliminates aliasing and provides optimum resolution. The UV/IR-cut filter prevents ghosts and reddening in dark areas inside the camera. For frequently used ND filters, the compact body houses a rotary filter system with four filters (1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND, CLEAR) for easy switching. General (Combination of AU-V23HS1G and AU-VREC1G)
Power DC 12 V(11.0 V – 17.0 V)
Power Consumption 60 W (Body only)
90 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
Weight Approx. 4.5 kg (Excluding protrusion)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 179 mm × 230.5 mm × 347 mm
(7-1/16inches x 9-1/16inches x 13 -21/32inches) (Body only, excluding protrusion)
Camera Module (AU-V23HS1G)
Pickup Device 2/3-type 2.2 million pixels, MOS × 3
Lens Mount 2/3-type bayonet
Optical filter CC filter A: 3200 K, B: 4300 K, C: 5600 K, D: 0.3ND
ND filter 1: CLEAR, 2: 0.6ND, 3: 1.2ND, 4: 1.8ND
Gain Settings [ISO] mode: ISO 2500 to 12800
[dB] mode : 0 to 18 dB (3dB step)
Shutter speed [deg] mode: 1.0 to 360deg (0.5deg step)
[sec] mode: 1/24 to 1/250 (when 23.98p mode)
Sensitivity [Gamma: HD] mode:
F9 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9% reflection, 1080/59.94p)
F10 (2000 lx, 3200 K, 89.9% reflection, 1080/50p)
Holizontal Resolution 1000 TVlines or higher (center)
Recording Module (AU-VREC1G) When it is used with AU-V23HS1G
Memory Card Recorder
Recording Media expressP2 card, P2 card, microP2 card
Recording Resolution 1920×1080, 1280×720
Recording Framerate Maximum 240p/200p
System Frequency 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i
Recording Format Main Recorder: AVC-Intra444/AVC-Intra200/AVC-Intra100/ProRes422HQ/ProRes4444
Sub Recorder: AVC-Intra100, AVC-LongG50, AVC-LongG25
Recording Video Signal 1080/59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 25p, 23.98p, 59.94i, 50i 720/59.94p, 50p
Recording/Playback time (Main Codec)
(When expressP2 card 256 GB is used)*2 Approx. 128 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR OFF)
Approx. 32 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR ON, 200 fps/240 fps)
Approx. 60 min. (ProRes 422 HQ, VFR:ON, 60 fps)
Approx. 110min. (ProRes 4444, VFR:OFF, 24p)
Recording/Playback time (Sub Codec)
(When microP2 card 64GB is used)*2 Approx. 64 min. (AVC-Intra100, 25p/29.97p)
Approx. 128 min. (AVC-LongG50, 25p/29.97p)
Approx. 256 min. (AVC-LongG25, 25p/29.97p)
Quantizing 10 bit
Video Compression Format AVC-Intra 100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
AVC-LongG 50/AVC-LongG 25: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
ProRes 422 HQ/ProRes4444
Recording Audio Signal 48 kHz/24 bit, 4ch
Head room 18 dB/20 dB menu switchable
File Format MOV
Video Compression Format H.264/AVC High Profile
Audio Compression Format LPCM
Recording Time (1GB)*2 Approx.25 min.
SDI OUT HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ? (1 set, 4 pieces)
MON OUT1 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ?
MON OUT2 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ?
VF SDI HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 ?
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
GENLOCK IN HD(1.5G)/3G-SDI: 0.8 V?p-p?, 75 ?
TC IN/OUT BNC×1, IN/OUT switch selection
IN: 0.5 V[p-p] to 8 V[p-p], 10 k?
OUT: 2.0 ± 0.5 V[p-p], Low impedance
DC IN XLR 4 pin, DC12 V(DC11.0 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
VF 14 pin
USB2.0: (device) Type B connector, 4 pin
USB2.0: (host) Type A connector, 4 pin
Control Panel (LCD) 3.5-type QHD color monitor
(Approx. 1.56 million dots)
Electronic HD Color View Finder (AU-VCVF1G)
Display Panel OLED, 0.7-type, 2.76 million dots
Signal Input 1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/60p
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
Operating Humidity 10% to 85% (Relative humidity)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C
Weight Camera Extension Module: Approx. 1.0 kg
Recording Extension Module: Approx. 0.7 kg
Dimensions (W x H x D) Camera Extension Module:121 mm x 143 mm x 73 mm(4-13/16 inches x 5-11/16 inches x 2-7/8 inches)
Recording Extension Module:106 mm x 143 mm x 61 mm(4-3/16 inches x 5-11/16 inches x 2-7/16 inches)
Input/Output 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
*1: Specification is as of July 2015. Specification subject to change upon firmware upgrade.
*2: These are reference values for continuous recording. The recording time may differ depending on the scene or the number of clips.
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