Panasonic used its NAB press conference to tease a new cinema camera amongst a host of other launches.


No details were forthcoming on the camera apart from that it will be “small and light” and “low cost.” It will be launched at the Cinegear Expo and will available this autumn.


Panasonic also announced plans to add 2K RAW output up to 240fps in a free firmware update to the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder . The 2K RAW signal will be supported by Convergent Design, which announced that its Odyssey7Q+ recorder will capture all of the RAW signals available from the VariCam LT, including 2K up to 240fps. Both companies plan to release free firmware updates in June 2017.


Here are the other NAB announcements from Panasonic 


The upcoming release of the AU-XPD3 expressP2 Memory Card Drive, the industry’s “fastest offload device.” It will be equipped with a Thunderbolt3 interface twice as fast as Thunderbolt2 and eight times faster than USB 3.0. Users will be able to daisy chain up to six XPD3 units to allow simultaneous multiple offloads. The AU-XPD3 will be available in June 2017 at a suggested list price of $1850



The development of the 360-degree Live Camera System AW-360C10 and AW-360B10 (Camera Head / Base Unit), capable of producing 360-degree video in uncompressed 4K/30p. This system generates 2:1 equirectangular format 360-degree video by stitching the output of four cameras.



There is going to be a free firmware upgrade for its AVC-ULTRA camcorders that supports IP connectivity to a TVU Networks’ bonded cellular camera-side device that aggregates multiple data connections including cellular for remote streaming and file transfer workflows. 


Panasonic also picked out the upcoming release of the AW-HR140 outdoor integrated pan/tilt/zoom FHD remote camera, enclosed in an IP65 protected case that eliminates the need for a separate housing.  Primary applications for this SDI-output camera are for outdoor live event and sports arena/stadium capture, as well as for broadcast coverage of weather, traffic and scenics. 


There’s also the upcoming release of the BT-LH1770, 16.5-inch (420mm) Full-HD/10-bit LCD Video monitor with AC/DC power supply capability and 19-inch rack mount design. 


Panasonic announced the upcoming release of the AV-HLC100 Live Production Center that combines a 1 ME switcher, remote camera controller and audio mixer functions, enabling easy live streaming with one-person operation. The HLC100 Center works directly with Panasonic PTZ and systems cameras, discovering and deploying them automatically using IP video transport although SDI may be used as well. In addition, it will work with all NDI-capable video sources. Compatible cameras include: AW-HE130, AW-HE40 and AW-UE70 PTZ cameras, as well as AK-UC3000 and AK


Panasonic also introduced the AG-UMR20 compact field recorder and companion AG-UCK20 4K camera head. The UMR20/UCK20 can be connected via optional cables (in 3-metre and 20-metre lengths) and will be available in May at suggested list prices of $2395.00 and $1995.00, respectively.

Jon Creamer

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