Camcorders and Camera Heads

Panasonic VariCam HS | Varicam High speed 2/3 type camera head


VariCam HS

Varicam High speed 2/3 type camera head

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Product Discontinued

Replaced by

Panasonic VariCam LT
VariCam LT

Varicam LT 4K camera head

VariCam HS is a crucual module for the 14-stop full 4K VariCam 35 unit. The HS offers full HD recording at up-to 240fps and its use of B4 ENG lenses is great for grabbing long shots and filming on the run.

  • High speed 2/3 type camera head
  • Featuring three 1920 x 1080p MOS imagers with extraordinary 14 stops of dynamic range
  • Real-time high frame rate and off-speed recording to 240fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra Class100)
  • 24-bit LPCM audio capabilities
  • Codecs: AVC-Ultra, AVC-Intra, RAW and ProRes
  • Dockable, modular design
  • B4 lens mount
  • VariCam Surprises

The VariCam HS (AU-V23HS1) high speed 2/3 type camera head; featuring three 1920 x 1080p MOS imagers with extraordinary 14 stops of dynamic range, providing full control over wide range lighting conditions for unparalleled 1080p native recording/operation. The camera/recorder boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equi-band full resolution colour processing for critical applications. Among the camcorder’s key features are real-time high frame rate and off-speed recording to 240fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra Class100), plus the ability to ramp / change frame rates during record. To complement the impressive video quality, the new VariCam boasts 24-bit LPCM audio capabilities. Powerful yet creative image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new Log recording capability, allow precise, powerful creative control over image parameters.

The VariCam HS will feature a range of high-quality recording formats including AVC-Intra Class100 (recording as 1080/24p, 25/30p or 50/60p format) with VFR (up to 240p), AVC-Intra Class200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 (up to 30p). Both AVC-Intra Class200 and AVC-Intra Class4:4:4 deliver spectacular performance in applications where image quality is the utmost consideration.

Panasonic AU-XPD1E

expressP2 Card drive for Varicam

Card Readers

Panasonic AU-XPD1E
Panasonic AU-XPD1E

expressP2 Card drive for Varicam

Memory Cards

Panasonic AU-XP0256BG
Panasonic AU-XP0256BG

256GB P2 Express Card for Varicam

New launches at ISE 2020

Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.

VariCam Surprises

It’s certainly not too little, too late.More details have emerged at NAB about the new 14 stop VariCam 35 / VariCam HS that are making people sit up and pay close attention. Firstly, it’s a modular system – users can choose the 35mm sensor for 4K images and a cinematic look (uo-to 120fps) or attach the high speed (240fps) 2K front with its wide depth of field. With both, the front and back can be split for jib mounting or use in tight shooting angles. We can see shoots taking both fronts to get so much creative freedom, but having only one system to learn, one codec, one workflow and less kit to carry.

New Panasonic Cameras and Switcher at NAB

Panasonic's VariCam will soon arrive in two new variants, the VariCam 35, Super-35mm 4K camera and the VariCam HS, high speed 2/3 type camera.

Ver 7.50-00-0.xx

  • CAMERA(35):7.50-00-0.01
  • CAMERA(HS):7.50-00-0.00
  • RECORDER :7.50-00-0.04

AU-VCVF1G Ver 1.10

  1. Any of the three operations of REC-stop, card-insertion/removal and card-formatting may cause the system error E36* on rare occasions. That is corrected properly.
  2. * This problem never affects recorded clips or cards.


Version 7.50-00-0.00

  • CAMERA(35):7.50-00-0.00
  • CAMERA(HS):7.50-00-0.00
  • RECORDER :7.50-00-0.00

AU-VCVF1G Ver 1.10

  1. The lower limit of FPS setting range is extended.
    When HIGH SPEED is ON, FPS can be set from 1.
    FPS Setting Range: So far 120-240p / 100-200p / 60-120p / 50-100p
    → Changed to 1 - 240p / 1 - 200p / 1- 120p / 1 - 100p
  2. REC CHECK function is added.
    Playback function of the first or last 5-second footage of the last clip recorded after the power is turned on This is used after it is assigned to a User SW.
    The following items are added for assignment to USER1 – 4 in MENU.
    - CHECK LAST CLIP START ・Playback of the first 5-sec
    - CHECK LAST CLIP END  ・Playback of the last 5-sec
  3. DESQUEEZE in playback is supported.
    Firmware is changed so that not only EE output but also a played clip is shown using DESQUEEZE when MENU -> ANAMORPHIC DESQUEEZE -> DESQUEEZE is ON.
    Varicam HS does not support ANAMORPHIC DESQUEEZE even in EE mode.
    VariCam 35 does not support DESQUEEZE in SUB-playback.
  4. CPS function is disabled.
    The CPS MENUs are disabled so that the setting, change, etc. of passwords are not allowed.
    However, if a CPS-encrypted medium is inserted into the camera, these MENUs are shown.
  5. Default setting for monitor output indication of USER CLIP NAME is changed to OFF.
  6. Support for Add/Delete function of SHUTTER and WB via ROP App
    Supported App: VARICAM ROP Ver. 1.0.3 or later
  7. Support for connection for network via the access point (Infra mode).
  8. Supported wireless LAN modules are added.
    AJ-WM50MC (China) Automatic Channel Switching
    GW-900D (PLANEX, Japan)
  9. Improvement
    The indicator for remaining card capacity is corrected because it has a problem when the format is Long GOP on 23.98p of Frequency.

Ver 7.00-00-0.0x

  • CAMERA(35):7.00-00-0.00
  • CAMERA(HS):7.00-00-0.00
  • RECORDER :7.00-00-0.01

AU-VCVF1G Ver 1.10

  1. [35 | HS] There is an error in Capture Frame Rate, which is metadata of a clip recorded in VFR mode. This is corrected.

    Occurs with Ver. 7.00-00-0.00 (released in February 2017) and later


    When the system frequency is 23.98p/29.97p/59.94p, the value of Capture Frame Rate (metadata of a VFR-recorded clip) is rounded down and shown as an integer.

    Example 23.98p for SYSTEM & 48fps for VFR
    False: 47 True: 47.95

    Therefore, the motion speed in VFR was not correctly calculated by application software that refers to the metadata.

  2. [35 | HS] Some operations cause E-36 or E-37 system error. This problem is fixed.

[ 35:AU-V35C1, HS:AU-V23HS1 ]

Ver 7.00-00-0.0x

  • CAMERA(35):7.00-00-0.00
  • CAMERA(HS):7.00-00-0.00
  • RECORDER :7.00-00-0.00

AU-VCVF1G Ver 1.10

  1. [35 | HS] The following ProRes formats are added.
    • ProRes 4444 XQ
    • ProRes 4444 (12bit)
      *ProRes4444 (10bit) replaced with (12bit)
    • ProRes 422
    • ProRes 422LT
  2. [35 | HS] VFR ON/OFF function can be assigned to the USER button.
  3. [35 | HS] Support for newly released ROP APP for iOS
    VariCam ROP is application software that can be downloaded free of charge from Apple APP store.
    For details, click here to see the product information website.
  4. [35 | HS] The FOCUS DISP menu is also available while the Main Color Setting is Vlog.
  5. [35 | ] The delay of output signals from VariCam35 MON OUT is improved.
    However, there are the limitations as follows when MAIN CODEC is 4K-LT and HighSpeed is ON:
    - 4K output is limited to 2 Sample Interleave.
    - DAILIES PREVIEW is not output from MON OUT.
  6. [35 | ] The SORROUND VIEW menu is also available while the IMAGE INVERT Setting is VF SDI ON.
  7. [35 | ] The “SUB REC & MON OUT” item of ANAMORPHIC DESQUEEZE menu is also available while PIXEL Setting is HD or 2K.
  8. [35 | HS] VF EE output during the playback is made possible.A menu item is added.
  9. [35 | HS] The item "2.00:1" is added to Frame Marker Aspect settings.
    Relatived menus are; [OUTPUT SETTINGS] -> [VF SDI MARKER], etc.
  10. [35 | HS] The item "VF" of "MON OUT2 SIGNAL SEL" menu is changed to "VF SDI".
  11. [ AU-VCVF1 ] Stability of the Auto OFF function is improved.

[ 35:AU-V35C1, HS:AU-V23HS1 ]

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