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Panasonic AU-V23HS1G Varicam HS

Panasonic AU-V23HS1G Varicam HS
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The Varicam HS incorporates the AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs and high speed 1080p image capture of up to 240fps*1 and features an innovative modular design. The Varicam HS 2/3 type camera head docks with the AVC-ULTRA recording module to provide the full functionality and ergonomics of a conventional production camera/recorder. This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the 2/3 type camera module (AU-V23HS1) and the recording module (AU-VREC1), providing "box" camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other "remote" camera needs.  This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic's new s35mm 4K camera module (AU-V35C1), enabling professionals to switch between 2/3 type and s35mm camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

The Varicam HS utilizes three newly-developed, 1920 x 1080p MOS imagers with an extraordinary 14 stops of latitude, providing full control over a wide range of lighting conditions for unparalleled 1080p native recording/operation. The camera/recorder boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equal-band full resolution colour processing for critical applications. Among the camcorder's key features are real-time high frame rate and off-speed recording to 240fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra Class100), plus the ability to ramp / change frame rates during record. To complement the impressive video quality, the new Varicam HS boasts 24-bit LPCM audio capabilities. Powerful yet creative image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new Log recording capability allow precise, powerful creative control over image parameters.  

The Varicam HS will feature a range of high-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100 (recording as 1080/24p, 30p or 60p format with VFR (up to 240p*1), AVC-Intra Class200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 (up to 30p). Both AVC-Intra Class200 and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 deliver spectacular performance in applications where image quality is the utmost consideration to produce extraordinary high-definition imagery for the most demanding documentary, sports or SFX slow-motion applications. It also includes Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ*2 support for HD recording. The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd., which has shipped ProRes recorders for years.

The Varicam HS adds "V-Log" to the well-respected FilmRec and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) image contrast management controls. The Varicam HS will feature Panasonic's Emmy® Award-winning Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) technology to minimize lateral chromatic aberrations and dramatically improve the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) of the optical system. Varicam HS also affords in-camera colour grading.

AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 supports 12-bit recording for 1080p content, allowing file-based 4:4:4 workflows with the unparalleled ability to handle the finer tonal graduations and colour fidelity that the 12-bit format provides. AVC-Intra Class200, at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra Class100, is visually lossless, delivering studio master quality for recording network-level programming and archiving. AVC-Intra Class200 is ideal for field capture of content for film-outs; the higher quality greatly enhances colour correction processes, as well as green screen and compositing applications.

The Varicam HS will use Panasonic's new expressP2 card for high frame rate recording (frame rates above 60fps). The camera recording module unit is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new 256Gbyte expressP2 card can record about 32 minutes of 240p 1080 HD video. The microP2 card is designed for recording HD at more typical production frame rates.

Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the Varicam HS encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing.

Professional interfaces include: RGB4:4:4; a 3G-HD-SDI out to support 1080/60p, an HD-SDI out for monitoring; and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. A multi-connector facilitates docking the camera head to the recording module. In another innovative design addition, the Varicam HS boasts a removable control panel to facilitate real-time control and easy menu access when the camera is in a fixed or remote position. The camera's 2/3 type B4 lens mount enables use of a remarkable variety of prime lenses and servo zooms, lensing possibilities simply not available on larger formats.
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-Intra422/AVC-Intra100/
Sub Recorder: AVC-Intra422/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)
Digital Video
Quantizing  10 bit
Video Compression Format AVC-Intra422/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
Digital Audio
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.
Video Input/Output
SDI OUT HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω (1 set, 4 pieces)
MON OUT1 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
MON OUT2 HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
VF SDI HD (1.5G)/3G SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
Audio Input/Output
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
Other Input/Output
GENLOCK IN HD(1.5G)/3G-SDI: 0.8 V[p-p], 75 Ω
TC IN/OUT  BNC×1, IN/OUT switch selection
IN: 0.5 V[p-p] to 8 V[p-p], 10 kΩ 
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

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