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Panasonic Varicam HS

Drawing on the traditions and concept of the original Varicam line, Varicam HS helps its users capture action with its 2/3 3MOS and bayonet lens mount, continuous 240fps recording, and also revolutionizes workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording, in-camera color grading, and a modular design.

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The Varicam line of cameras has been used on a wide variety of movies, commercials, and TV programs, and is renowned for its color reproduction, look, and for bringing progressive workflows to the production industry.

Now the Varicam HS has arrived. Drawing on the traditions and concept of the original Varicam line, Varicam HS helps its users capture action with its 2/3 3MOS and bayonet lens mount, continuous 240fps recording, and also revolutionizes workflow with the addition of dual-codec recording, in-camera color grading, and a modular design.

Newly Developed 2/3-type 2.2-Megapixel 3MOS Sensor

The Varicam HS features a 2/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS sensor developed specially for this model. It achieves high sensitivity, low noise and a wide dynamic range.

14 Stops of Latitude

The dynamic range is 14 stops or more. The wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image area, from dark parts to highlights. Even in dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, the Varicam HS provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality.

The "Varicam Look" with Evolved Color Gamut and Dynamic Range

The Varicam HS is equipped with the gamma curve which has evolved to "V-Log," further extending the dynamic range of the "F-REC" gamma curve, which was highly acclaimed in the original Varicam. It is capable of recording the 14 stops of dynamic range offered by the Varicam HS, and enhances grading flexibility.

High Frame Rate Records at 240 fps

When using the AVC-Intra100 codec for recording, the frame rate can be set in the range of 1 fps to 240 fps. Overcranking at the maximum speed of 10x provides a slow-motion effect of about 1/10 normal speed. The frame rate can be changed while recording, allowing smooth variation of the slow-motion effect within the same scene. When set to a low frame rate, undercranking (quick-motion effect) can be achieved.

In-camera Color Grading

The Varicam HS features the in-camera color grading function (CDL). This enables color tuning in the field, using control panel of Varicam or 3rd party software*. This means dailies which had been created after shooting can be produced on-set and just with the camera. Grading information such as CDL file can be recorded together with the image data, thus allowing you to reflect what you imaged on-site to the post production process.

Optimized Internal Optical Filter

The Varicam HS has a high-precision internal optical filter made by bonding an optical low-pass filter and IR glass and providing it with a UV/IR-cut coating (membrane). The low-pass filter eliminates aliasing and provides optimum resolution. The UV/IR-cut filter prevents ghosts and reddening in dark areas inside the camera. For frequently used ND filters, the compact body houses a rotary filter system with four filters (1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND, CLEAR) for easy switching.

Double-Recorder and Double-codec Recording

The Varicam HS is provided with two independent recorders. This feature lets you record in two different formats, codecs and selectable from V-Log/Grading simultaneously. While having main data for cinema production, HD video for previewing or broadcasting can be acquired. The sub-recorder records HD (AVC-Intra100/AVC-Intra200*1/Apple ProRes*1) together with a lower-rate AVC-Proxy file. All files contain common metadata. By using metadata from the proxy/preview file speedy operation is possible when conducting offline editing.

*The use of DCF Technologies is under license from Multi-Format, Inc.

Input/Output Terminals

Provided with 3G-SDI output up to 240p (BNC x 4), Monitor output x 3 and AUDIO (XLR x 2) input for flexible connection of external recorders and monitors.

AVC-ULTRA Codec Recording

AVC-Intra is an intraframe compression codec ideal for video production. In addition to AVC-Intra100, the Varicam HS supports Apple ProRes*1. Using the new large-capacity expressP2 card, it can record high-frame-rate video, 24-bit/48-kHz/4-channel audio, and metadata.

*This will be supported by firmware upgrade.
ProRes is licensed from Apple Inc. The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS.

Modular Structure

The Varicam HS is comprised of the AU-V23HS1 HD Camera Module with a 2/3-type lens mount and the AU-VREC1 Recorder Module. This Recorder Module is the same as that of the Varicam 35 featuring the AU-V35C1 4K Camera Module with a PL lens mount. Those two camera heads is interchangeable to suit the broad application. The camera head docks to the recorder without any cable connection. The rugged docking mechanism allows easy docking and undocking in the field, without having to use a screwdriver. The camera head and recorder can also be positioned at separate locations and connected with a cable. This lets you mount only the camera head to a crane, thus adding flexibility to your camera work.

Detachable Control Panel with Monitor

Control panel on the recording module has a built-in 3.5-type LCD display panel. It can be used as the display for menu operation and also can be used as a live/preview monitor. The keys and dials are laid out around the display for quick and accurate operation so frequently used settings can be accessed directly.

The detachable structure allows the camera to be operated from a distant location (with 90cm extension cable). The Varicam HS supports a variety of shooting styles and adds flexibility.

Newly Developed Large-Diameter OLED Viewfinder

The 0.7-type (1280 x 720 pixels) high-resolution OLED panel shows a wide field angle with a viewfinder magnification of 0.78x. The large-diameter 38mm eyepiece lens with high eye point (minimum vignetting) and the eyepiece filter allow comfortable viewing. The optical zoom function responds to precise focusing needs.

Toughness, Durability and Reliability

The bodies of the camera module and recorder module are made of aluminum alloy for strength and rigidity. They have a low center of gravity for excellent weight balance. Cooling system effectively dissipates heat from the circuitry section.

Compatible with a Wide Variety of Accessories

The Varicam HS can be fitted with a variety of accessories such as lens control system offered by 3rd parties, without the need of adaptor. The top and bottom panels are flat so various plates can be easily mounted as well as the handle with mounting holes. With its optional shoulder mount module (AU-VSHL1G), The Varicam HS can also be used as a shoulder-mount camera recorder. It is adjustable in a range of 110 mm in the front and back direction to accommodate a diversity of lenses.

Configuration Options


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‑Intra100
Sub Recorder: 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, 50p/59.94p)
Approx. 64 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR ON, 100 fps/120 fps)
Approx. 32 min. (AVC-Intra100, VFR ON, 200 fps/240 fps)
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‑Intra 100: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Intra Profile
AVC‑LongG 50/AVC‑LongG 25: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

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*3
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

*1: Specification is preliminary as of Sep 2014. Specification subject to change upon firmware upgrade.
*2: These are reference values for continuous recording. The recording time may differ depending on the scene or the number of clips
*3: This will be supported by firmware upgrade.