The five P2 card slots of the VariCam 2700 allow hot-swappable, continuous recording of up to 400 minutes of video (depending on format and card capacity). The advantage to a tapeless-based process is a more efficient workflow, thanks to digitized files that can be directly downloaded and accessed without the time it takes to ingest tape-based video. Generations are also lossless, as any copies made are direct digital reproductions.The VariCam 2700 utilizes three 2?3-inch, 1-megapixel native HD CCDs for independent-frame 1080 and 720 images with AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 compression. The VariCam 2700 also records in the ubiquitous DVCPRO HD format. Single-step variable frame rates range from 1 fps to 60 fps (in 720p mode), enabling over- or under-cranking for time-lapse effects, which can be played back in-camera without the need for frame rate conversion in post.
Seven selectable gamma settings also are included, like SD/HD gamma and a Video-Rec gamma. Others simulate the look of film, including the Filmlike 1, 2 and 3 gammas, and the esteemed VariCam Film-Rec mode for recording with a cinematic feel. The camera includes the ability to add metadata, text memos and shot markers, as well as proxy data recording from the optional AJ-YAX800G board. There are scene file capabilities, focus-assist functions, user buttons, a user menu and a newly designed two-wheel (ND and CC) optical filter.
The VariCam 2700 features a high sensitivity rating (F10 at 2000 lx), with a minimum illumination of 0.021 lx (at 1 fps VFR and +30 dB gain-up); 14-bit A/D processing provides a wide dynamic range for capturing detail in brights and darks. The Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function keeps lighting variations under control by automatically suppressing blocked shadows and blown highlights. A full 12-axis control of matrix and color correction provides calibration for precise image matching to the scene it’s recording.
|Sensor: Three 2/3-inch, 1-megapixel CCDs
Resolution: 720p / 1080p switchable
Frame Rates: Variable frames (1 to 60 fps) and 1080 23.98/24psf HD-SDI output (when in 1080 mode)
Codecs: AVC-Intra 100, AVC-Intra 50 and DVCPRO HD
Recording Medium: Solid-state P2 cards
Weight: 11 pounds
The electronic shutter offers seven shutter speeds up to a maximum 1?2000 sec. (plus a Half mode) and unique angle settings similar to film cameras. Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) optimizes lens performance, and a built-in scan reverse provides compatibility with film lenses. An anamorphic lens adapter, for instance, can be used to create a 2.35:1 aspect image for wide-screen, cinematic styles, and an HD lens adapter will provide compatibility with 35mm lenses.
The design of the camera includes a grip handle with five threaded holes for mounting accessories. A three-point locking viewfinder mount provides easy user adjustment, and the camera is compatible with color viewers, including the soon-to-be-released Panasonic AJ-CVF100. Connectivity on the VariCam 2700 is comprised of three HD-SDI outputs, a USB 2.0 and a down-converted SD video output, and an IEEE 1394 output (in DVCPRO HD codec recording only). For sound, there’s also 48 kHz/16-bit, four-channel digital audio recording. List Price: $39,950.
Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com/broadcast.