This has been a big release week for Panasonic. With the new HPX300 announcement many of the other releases were a bit over shadowed. Panasonic’s new color viewfinder is one of those products. Since last year’s NAB there has been a lot of discussion about this VF and finally we got the specs.
It is a 1-inch diameter Liquid Chrystal on Silicon Viewfinder with support for many formats including: 1080/23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 30PsF, 50i, 59.94i, 60i and 720/50p, 59.94p and 60p. This means that it will work on the P2 Cameras – HPX3700/3000/2700/2000 – the HDX900 AND the Varicam H – HDC27H. This is very exciting news for you Panasonic ENG camera owners.
LCOS Viewfinders have had issues in the past including slow response in cold temperatures and eyestrain. Panasonic has taken some steps to reduce both of these problems. The VF has a built-in heater to keep the system warm when needed, maybe it’ll keep our eyes warm too. Also they are using 3 separate LED (RBG) light sources, instead of a single white source with a rotating color wheel – which seems to be a source of the eyestrain.
Personally I can’t wait to get a hold of this viewfinder. The HPX300 is going to ship with a smaller version of this VF, which I had a chance to see already and I was very impressed with its performance.