NAB 2017: Day One – ARRI, Convergent Design, Panasonic

Panasonic teasing their new Cinema Camera
Panasonic teasing their new Cinema Camera

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Day one is winding down and boy are my dogs barkin!  But what’s also making a loud racket is some great camera news, including updates to the VariCam LT, a mysterious new Cinema Camera that Panasonic says will fit in between the GH5 and the VariCam line, and ARRI goes wireless.

Panasonic had their presser last night and introduced a new 4K action camera and a 360 camera, but what piqued my interest was a veiled tease of a new, small and lightweight cinema camera that Panasonic reps said is designed to fit in between the Mirrorless GH5 and the higher-end VariCam line. Everyone is calling it the VariCam Mini for now. And the idea here is that it would make cinema camera work more affordable, and the workflow more manageable. Panasonic plans to unveil it at Cine Gear in Hollywood in June with a Fall shipping time frame. I love a good mystery!

“The VariCam LT can already record in 4K, 2K and HD internally. Now with this update, it can also output in 4K and 2K RAW to an external recorder, even while still recording in the camera. That’s great for commercials, features, documentaries and a variety of production needs. Shooting 2K RAW up to 240fps is important for wildlife, sports and commercial work.” – PMEC Senior Product Manager Steven Cooperman

Panasonic VariCam LT
Panasonic VariCam LT

Panasonic is also offering a free firmware update is coming that will bring 2K RAW at to 240 fps to the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder. The option will be supported by a partnership with Convergent Design,through it’s new Odyssey 7Q+ recorder. The update will be available in June of 2017.

So some cool news for VariCam lovers.


ARRI is also taking the ALEXA SXT Wireless with a new update. TheALEXA SXT W comes with a new back that offers an integrated high-quality and low-latency HD video transmitter and WiFi for a wireless operation on set. The upgrade will take the place of both the ALEXA SXT Plus and ALEXA SXT Studio in the ALEXA product line. The goal is to completely eliminate the need for wires while providing a secure wireless connection to the recorder. It will also make the camera smaller and lighter, which every operator will appreciate.

“Our wireless video uses technology from market leader Amimon, with special hardware and software modifications to comply with ARRI’s stringent performance and quality requirements. But that is not all; the wireless video system works harmoniously with ALEXA SXT’s other radio-based offerings – the WiFi and our own proprietary camera and lens control system – avoiding time-consuming interference between the radios on the camera.”

arri_wvs_setup[1]ARRI is also making this new wireless back available for other ALEXA models as part of the ARRI Wireless Video System (WVS), along with a stand-alone video transmitter for use with other cameras such as the ALEXA Mini, and it can transmit it’s data with zero latency to up to four different receivers, offering long-range, uncompressed with Audio, timecode, and REC flag included.

Specs include:

  1. 35 format film-style digital camera
  2. 16:9, 6:5, 4:3 or Open Gate
  3.  HD, 2K, 4K UHD or 4K Cine
  4. 16 bit in-camera processing
  5. Wide Color Gamut signal
  6. Integrated wireless video
  7. Integrated WiFi
  8. Integrated ARRI ECS wireless camera/lens control
  9. Interference-free operation of video, WiFi and ECS radios

The ALEXA SXT-W will be accompanied by software upgrade SXT SUP 2.0, which adds improved HDR monitoring, support for current SxS PRO+ and CFast 2.0 cards, quicker frame grabs, various WCU-4 and lens motor features, and other refinements. No word on pricing or availability however, and ARRI says it’s waiting on FCC approval before firming that up.

So far, that’s all the camera news I’ve come across, but I’m sure there’s plenty more where that came from. Stay tuned from the showroom floor!



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