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Panasonic VariCam: Stunning ISO 5000 4k helicopter footage over London at night

Thursday, September 10, 2015 6:45 PM

Broadcast hire company Brownian Motion took a Panasonic VariCam supplied by WTS on a night-time helicopter shoot over London's skyline to test out the camera's ISO 5000 shooting capabilities - with stunning results.

VARICAM 35 5000 ISO AERIAL TEST from Brownian Motion on Vimeo.

WTS production specialist and freelance cameraman Patrick van Weeren is a big fan of the VariCam, saying: "It really blew me away."

And in a 2014 blog anticipating the imminent arrival of the VariCam, he said that the VariCam was ready to battle with Sony's CineAlta range and even with the Arri Alexa.

Patrick van Weeren tests the Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera

"If Panasonic can bring their own look to the market, this might be more important than any of the other specs," thought  Patrick.

"It might bring us back to the days when cameraman chose film stock from Kodak or Fuji for a specific look. Today they might choose between an Alexa or the Varicam. RED and Sony will have to watch this race closely."

So have Panasonic got it right? Have a look and see what you think!

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