Panasonic EVA1 Firmware 3.0 Released – Brings HEVC H.265 Codec and more

January 31st, 2019
Panasonic EVA1 Firmware 3.0 Released - Brings HEVC H.265 Codec and more

Panasonic just released the new EVA1 firmware 3.0. As with all previous versions, the download is available for free. The update brings HEVC H.265 codec in 4K 50p/60p, support for a third party USB-LAN adapter for multicam control, quicker switching of shooting modes and few more improvements.

EVA1 gets Firmware 3.0. Source: Panasonic

Panasonic certainly takes a good care of their customers. In reaction to user feedback, they frequently release firmware updates for their cameras fixing issues and bringing new features. Their super35 cinema camera EVA1 already got two firmware updates since its introduction in 2017 (firmware 2.0 and firmware 2.5). Now it is time for another firmware update – the version 3.0. What Is new?

Panasonic EVA1 Firmware 3.0

The free upgrade is available today through the official Panasonic firmware update page. Key feature of the new update is HEVC H.265 codec that can record in 4K 50p/60p video with 4:2:0 10bit video sampling. Available bitrates are 200Mbps in 4K 50p/59.94p and 150Mbps in 4K 24p/25p/29.97p. Compared to the existing H.264 codec, this allows up to twice the amount of compressed data, while maintaining the same high quality resolution. A week ago, after Panasonic introduced their new flagship handheld camcorder AG-CX350 with the H.265 4K 50p/60p mode, many EVA1 users were hoping their camera will get it too. So yes, here it is. Thank you, Panasonic.

Another feature is the support for a third party’s USB-LAN adapter with internet protocol control. This enables EVA1 live multicam control with the advanced integration of CyanView Cy-RCP remote control panel.

Furthermore, new functions can be assigned to user button for quick switching of shooting modes & framerates which simplifies system menu change. This is a very welcomed feature since EVA1 users were complaining how complicated and time consuming it is switching from – say – 4K 25fps ProRes to 1080p 240fps slow motion ProRes RAW with the Atomos Shogun Inferno. In this (kind of extreme) example it took about one minute (!) to change the shooting modes. I hope this new feature will work correctly to significantly cut down that time. The following video demonstrates the pain of switching the shooting modes.

Other functionality added as part of the upgrade include still image capture in playback mode, enabling the EVA1 to capture still JPEG images and store them on to the SD card. Additionally, the camera now allows two auto white balance presets, a focus indicator in the LCD head-up display, and SDR monitoring when shooting in HDR (HLG).

Lastly, Panasonic has announced a reduction in pricing of the EVA1 by €500, with a new RRP (recommended retail price) of €6,790 (excl. VAT). The EVA1 already is much cheaper in stores, so maybe we can expect another price drop? It is not the first price drop this camera received and I can only speculate what it means – is the camera not selling quite as well as Panasonic expected?

I own an EVA1 myself and one of the reasons I decided to invest in the camera was the good customer relationship which Panasonic is providing. These frequent free firmware updates are one part of it.

What do you think of the EVA1 and its new firmware update? Are you an EVA1 user? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

12
Leave a reply

guest
Filter:
all
Sort by:
latest
What Haveyou
Guest
January 31st, 2019

“150Mbps in 4K 25p/29.97p.”

What about 24P?

And, once again, a vendor inexplicably reduces the bitrate at lower frame rates. If the thing can do 200 Mbps at 60 FPS, why can’t we opt for that at 24 FPS?

Stupid.

Rafael Molina
Guest
January 31st, 2019

What time for the new Panasonic Mirrorless Full Frame revela?

 Dan Brockett
Member
January 31st, 2019

This is great. Panasonic is one of the best at taking care of customer requests. The EVA 1 is a really nice camera, did a shoot a few weeks ago for documentary feature where the EVA 1 was used as A and B cameras, one on a Fisher 10 and one on a 20′ Jimmy Jib. The images looked beautiful, it’s capable of nice images if you know what you are doing and put good glass on it.

It’s interesting, and not bagging on Panasonic at all, that my $1,500.00 Fuji X-T3 actually has slightly better specs than this new upgrade, it can shoot 4K 50p/60p 4:2:0 10-bit H.265 at 100, 200 and 400 Mbps, kind of crazy that mirrorless is giving so much for so little. And not saying mirrorless replaces digital cinema cameras, they lack all of the nice features like built in ND, TC i/o, XLR i/o that cameras like the EVA 1 have.

Also, if you shoot H.265, let your clients know and suggest conversion software. The same shoot with the EVA 1s, I shot 4K 24p 10-bit 4:2:0 H.265 at 200 Mbps with the X-T3, the footage was given to the editor of the film who was on AVID and he didn’t know what to with it. I convert it to Prores HQ on ingest with FCP X but don’t think that working editors all have a workflow to deal with H.265 yet.

 Dan Brockett
Member
January 31st, 2019
Reply to  Jakub Han

Project is still in production and nowhere near being completed yet so not sure if any grading or CC has been done yet. I think they just rough cut a scene together and applied standard LUTs. I’ll report back when the client gets to that point.

What Haveyou
Guest
January 31st, 2019
Reply to  Dan Brockett

Or just record on an Atomos and capture way higher quality in the first place, instead of interframe-compressed, decimated-color junk.

 roger nelson
roger nelson
Member
January 31st, 2019

Golly gee that’s NEETO! Now all we need is a price cut and an upgrade for the c200

Pierre Hinz
Guest
January 31st, 2019

I’ve been loving my EVA! Very nice ergonomics and all the great codecs options makes this camera very versatile. Also the IQ is where the camera shines the most. Never regretted buying it

Nayo Nb
Guest
January 31st, 2019

How much is it

Laurence
Laurence
Guest
January 31st, 2019
Reply to  Nayo Nb

Maybe if you actually read the article you’d know? Stop being so god damn lazy!

Ahmed Saihati
Guest
January 31st, 2019

@SonyAlpha @SonyProUSA you can learn how to upgrade fs5-7 & a7 camera series ??‍♂️

Filter:
all
Sort by:
latest

Take part in the CineD community experience