have purchased a Panasonic Varicam.
AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema Camera brings variable frame rate acquisition
to the DVCPRO HD product line up. This is the first high definition
production camera that is capable of variable frame rate at the
touch of a button. Individual frame rates may be selected from:
4-fps to 60-fps in single frame increments. Frame rates may be changed
during recording. Designed as a high quality production camera,
this native HD camcorder can be used for 60-fps or the film-like
24-fps acquisition. When acquiring for 24-fps projects, higher than
24-fps operation can be processed for slow motion effects while
slower than 24-fps operation can be processed to speed up motion.
Additionally, the variable frame rates and related variable shutter
speeds create some very interesting ghost like motion blur effects,
warp speed zoom effects, and long exposure still shots typical of
what one might see in music videos, sci-fi dramas and dream sequences.
camera has the capability to emulate film's gradual transfer function
performance (i.e. CineGammaTM). This function greatly increases
the camera's usable dynamic range, especially in traditionally limiting
areas such as highlight handling, which until now was a serious
limitation for most HD cameras. CineGamma provides the user with
a much closer approximation of film's renowned ability to maintain
smooth image tonality even when gently compressing extreme highlights.
Cinematographers are able through the CineGamma feature to control
the camera's gamma transfer function to best optimize control over
tonality, from extreme highlights to the lowest of shadow areas.
AJ-HDC27 VariCam serves multiple roles: 1.) as a 24-fps camera,
25fps, 30fps, Native Progressive scan 2.) as a standard 60-fps video
camera, and 3.) as a variable frame rate special effects camera.
AJ-HDC27 enables cinematographers to capture images over an extremely
wide range of selectable frame rates: step-frame from 4 to 60 fps
(frames per second).
camera head features
2/3" high definition IT-3CCD, 1,000,000 pixels
Advanced digital signal processing
33 shooting frame rates: 4 ~ 60-fps (4 to 33-fps, 36-fps, 40-fps,
60-fps), & 24p shooting sensitivity: f12/2,000 lux, 50 % shutter,
60p shooting sensitivity: f10/2,000 lux – 800 ASA
Built-in scan reverse function
Prime lens for 35 mm film is usable with lens adaptor
Optimum colour fidelity – programmable 12 pole linear matrix
Variable shutter (synchro scan) & Selectable optical filters
8 scene files (4 files using internal memory, 4 files using SD Memory
Adoption of film accessories possible (ARRI, Chrosziel....)
VTR section features
DVCPROHD (100 Mbps) digital component recording
Recording format: DVCPROHD
Max. recording time: 46 min.
Time lapse function
Power requirements 12 V (11 - 17 V)
Power consumption 39 W incl. 1.5" viewfinder
Weight 6.8 kg / 15 lb (fully operational)
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