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

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  • 14+ Stops of Wide Latitude
  • Dual Native ISO of 800/5000
  • Expansive Color Gamut
  • Advanced Shooting Functions for Film Making Native 4K/60p Shooting
  • 2K/HD 240p Slow Motion
  • Standard HD SDI Interface for EVF
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Panasonic VariCam LT 4K S35 Digital Camera (EF Mount)

Panasonic VariCam LT features outstanding image quality that allows you to achieve your “VISION”. The advanced grading tools, in-camera dailies and proxy recording capabilities that are built into the VariCam LT are a “REVOLUTION” in streamlining workflow

Compact Size, Light Weight and Top Cinema Quality – The VariCam LT!

The Panasonic VariCam LT has a compact and lightweight magnesium body and offers same picture quality specifications as the larger VariCam 35 cinema camera. The super 35mm image sensor, which is the same imager as VariCam 35, features wide dynamic range, an expansive color gamut, and high sensitivity for 4K image acquisition. It has dual native ISO settings of 800 and 5000. The native 5000 ISO allows for clean shooting in very low light situations. Its size and design facilitate a wide array of shooting styles including comfortable ergonomic shoulder mounted operation or use on gimbals and drones.

One new feature that has been added to the VariCam LT is the EF lens*1 mount which offers a wide array of lens choices. The EF mount*1 can be removed by an end user and replaced with a PL mount (optional). This allows for even greater versatility in lens selection when shooting with the VariCam LT. The VariCam LT workflow is very similar to that of the VariCam 35. Both cameras have a dual codec recording function that allows the user to record a primary or “main” codec as well as a smaller proxy file. In addition, each camera offers an in-camera color grading function and support for AVC-Intra 4K and Apple ProRes*2 codecs.

Join the “REVOLUTION” and achieve your perfect “VISION”.
*1: Panasonic does not guarantee the compatibility or performance of all EF lenses.
For more details, to be updated on the Panasonic website.
*2: ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codec is from Atomos under license.

The Cinematic VariCam Look, Stunning Image Quality Same Imager as VariCam 35

Panasonic VariCam LT is equipped with the super 35mm single-chip MOS sensor developed especially for the VariCam 35. It offers 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and boasts high sensitivity, low noise, wide dynamic range and cinematic depth of field. This sensor received The Hollywood Post Alliance Engineering Excellence Award 2015.

14+ Stops of Wide Latitude

The Panasonic camera has a dynamic range of 14+ stops. This wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image, from dark areas to highlights. Even in very dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, Panasonic VariCam LT provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality. “V-Log” is capable of creating the 14+ stops of dynamic range offered by Panasonic VariCam LT image sensor, greatly enhancing look creation capability.

Dual Native ISO of 800/5000

Panasonic VariCam LT has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means the VariCam LT achieves very high sensitivity while maintaining a low noise level at 5000 ISO. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. In order to achieve this function two dedicated analog circuits are implemented on every pixel of the imager of the the VariCam LT for each native ISO before gain processing. This allows the camera to achieve much higher sensitivity without increased noise. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality is revolutionary for low light scene shooting. Especially this ISO 5000 enable to capture under the natural light keeping the mood making more realistic.

Expansive Color Gamut

Panasonic VariCam LT is equipped with “V-Gamut,” giving it a wider color gamut than that of film. V-Gamut also encompasses the entire BT. 2020 color space.

Scene Files and V-LOOK

The “V-Log” gamma curve offers 14+ stops of dynamic range and facilitates advanced color grading adjustments in post production. The five position scene file function is new to the VariCam LT. The VariCam-LOOK (V-LOOK) mode is a newly developed setting for creating cinematic images without color grading. A newly designed gamma curve that allows detail to be maintained over a greater tonal range within the Rec 709 color space 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

Panasonic VariCam LT provides down conversion to Full HD via two 3G HD SDI 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.

Advanced Shooting Functions for Film Making Native 4K/60p Shooting

The maximum frame rate when recording in 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840×2160) resolution is 60p (60fps). This produces smooth, high-resolution images when recording fast-moving action scenes.

2K/HD 240p Slow Motion

When shooting in 2K (2048 x 1080) and HD (1920×1080) resolution, high-speed 240 fps recording can be used to produce an extreme slow-motion effect. This is achieved by cropping the image sensor recording area in order to achieve a faster scanning speed. 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 can be changed while recording.

Infrared Shooting (IR)

The Panasonic Cinema VariCam LT has an integrated, detachable IR cut filter. User can do the IR shooting to record 4K images in dark unlit nightscapes. This is ideal for capturing nocturnal wildlife and other scenes with no illumination. Also, the IR filter can be used in daylight as a creative tool for achieving a unique look.

Detachable Control Panel with Monitor

The supplied control panel has a built-in 3.5 type LCD display panel. It can be used for menu operation or as a live/preview monitor. The keys and dials are laid out around the display for quick and accurate operation. Frequently used settings can be accessed directly. The detachable structure allows the camera to be operated from a distance of up to 90 cm.

Standard HD SDI Interface for EVF

The Panasonic VariCam LT has a regular BNC connector for the View Finder. Users can select from various HD monitors or viewfinders in addition to the new Panasonic View Finder (AU-VCVF10G). The DC power and command control connectors for the Panasonic VF are also provided.

Toughness, Durability and Reliability

• 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.
• New accessories include the new Shoulder Mount (AU-VSHL2G) and Grip Module (AU-VGRP1G).
• The new Shoulder Mount (AU-VSHL2G) installs directly on a base plate.

General Specification
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. 3.0 kg (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
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.
Camera Unit
Pickup Device 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: ISO 200 to ISO 12800
[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 60 fps or 50 fps 
2K/HD: Maximum 240 fps 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
Recording Time*1
(Sub Codec)
AVC-LongG6: Approx. 655 min.
Digital Video
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, AVC-Intra-LT, 
AVC-Intra100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile ProRes 422 HQ, 
ProRes 4444: Apple ProRes*2
Digital Audio
Recording Audio Signal 48 kHz/24 bit, 4 ch
Headroom 18 dB/20 dB switchable menu
AVC Proxy
File Format MOV
Video Compression Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile
Audio Compression Format AAC
Recording Time*3 Approx. 655 min. 
When using a 64 GB SDXC memory card
Video Input/Output
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
Audio Input/Output
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
Other Input/Output
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
LENS/GRIP 12-pin
LAN 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T
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
Control Panel
Control Panel LCD, 3.5-type QHD color monitor, approx. 1.56 million dots

*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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  1. by Admin

    A new firmware update for the Panasonic VariCam LT that adds RAW signal output via two 3G-SDI terminals to an external RAW recorder at 4K or UHD 60p available now. RAW recording will be compatible with the Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ monitor/recorders from Convergent Design Inc. and the Atomos Inc. Shogun Inferno recording monitor. The recorded CinemaDNG file is compatible with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1, Drastic Media Reactor 5.04 and upcoming versions of major NLEs and grading systems.

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