|4K Panasonic VariCam 35|
|3.2K Arriflex Alexa|
Over the last few years, as 4K (and higher) resolution digital cinema cameras from other manufacturers have flooded the marketplace, Arri has steadfastly (some might say stubbornly) resisted giving its cameras the ability to record at resolutions higher than 2K.
In answer to a question at IBC 2012 on when there would be a 4K version of Alexa, for example, camera system product manager Marc Shipman-Mueller said "...there is just not an urgent need for it...".
Suddenly however, the need must have suddenly become more "urgent" - because Arri has, in quick succession, announced UHD ProRes for Amira (August 2014) and 3.2K ProRes for Alexa (February 2015).
Perhaps coincidentally, the Amira upgrade was announced a few weeks before the new Panasonic VariCam 35 started shipping. This is a camera that Panasonic seems to have aimed squarely at Arri. With its 14+ stops of advertised dynamic range and true 4K 120fps ProRes recording, DPs are getting results like these:
For more examples of the stunning image quality this camera can produce - especially at its "dual native" ISOs of 800 and 5000, please join the new Panasonic VariCam 35 community I moderate over on Vimeo.
And if you're in the market for a high end 4K, 14+ stop cinema camera that can record 2K and 4K simultaneously, features slow motion at up to 120fps and a native ISO of 5000, you can buy or finance the VariCam 35 at Omega Broadcast for $55K.
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