The VariCam 35 is equipped with the super 35mm format full-size single-chip MOS sensor developed especially for this new model. It offers 4K (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and boasts high sensitivity, low noise, wide dynamic range and cinematic depth of field.
The VariCam 35 is equipped with the newly developed "V-Gamut" giving it a wider color gamut than that of film. The gamma curve has evolved to "V-Log", further extending the dynamic range. It is capable of recording the 14+ stops of dynamic range offered by the VariCam 35, and enhances grading flexibility. The V-709 gamma provides a tone suitable for previewing on a monitor. It is also suitable for use in producing broadcast content such as TV commercials and TV series.
The dynamic range is 14+ stops. 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 35 provides low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality.
By providing a dynamic range with 14+ stops of latitude to the footage acquired using the VariCam 35's V-Log gamma, HDR (High Dynamic Range) grading output in compliance with the SMPTE EOTF standard "ST 2084" is available for post production.
The VariCam 35 has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means the VariCam 35 achieves very high sensitivity while maintaining a low noise level at 5000 ISO. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. In order to achieve this function two dedicated analog circuits are implemented on each pixel of the imager of the VariCam 35 for two native ISO before gain processing. This allows the camera to achieve much higher sensitivity without increased noise. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality is revolutionary for low light scene shooting. Especially this ISO 5000 enables the camera to capture with very low available light maintaining a realistic mood.
The VariCam 35 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 is tuned for 4K, so it eliminates aliasing and provides optimum resolution. The UV/IR-cut filter prevents ghosts and reddening in dark areas inside the camera unit. For frequently used ND filters, the compact body houses a rotary filter system with four filters (0.6ND, 1.2ND, 1.8ND, CLEAR) for easy switching.
Variable frame rate recording in the range of 1 fps to 120 fps. Overcranking (slow-motion) and undercranking (quick-motion) effects are also possible. Frame rate can be adjusted while shooting.