I’m Dim van der Made and I’m co-owner of “Made By Lions” a film production company in Utrecht, which specializes in corporate films, animations, social content and wintersport productions such as the Boardercross World Championships in Feldberg Germany in 2019.
I took the EVA1 to Feldberg Germany where the World Boardercross Championships were held. Boardercross is a competition where four snowboarders simultaneously race on a trail with jumps, bumps and bends. This happens at a speed that can exceed 80 km/h and has been an Olympic discipline since 2006. The three-day sports event was recorded on the Panasonic EVA1 and a drone that made the aerials. The EVA1 is extremely suitable for this type of work thanks to the low weight of the camera, flexibility to carry it in a backpack along the trail.
Shooting with the EVA1 in challenging conditions with strong wind (more than 100 km/h) and low temperature (-10° C).
The camera body is without lens and handles extremely light when you hold it in your hand, which
is ideal for use in gimbals or even under a drone. For this project, the setup weight has been
kept as low as possible in order to move easily and to be flexible. We mainly used a
Canon 24-70 F/2.8 L USM II lens, which made it possible to easily operate the camera and shoot close and wide when needed without having to walk too far away to get the frame
right. Together with the handle on the side and the carrying handle on the top with the external
touch screen, it is a comfortable and light setup.
The body is made of sturdy plastic and feels strong despite the low weight. In addition, all the
buttons and controls on the camera are easy to reach during filming and feel comfortable while
The 5.7K camera sensor
The sensor is great! In many cases, the full resolution was not used during the shoot, due to the use of the100fps function in 2.7K. Only with the wide shots the 4K function in 50fps was used and with the extreme action parts of the course, we chose to shoot at 2.7K in 240fps. When turning at 240fps, the sensor cropped down to 4/3. This worked out well during this project, since most slowmotion images had to be shot close on the athlete.
All images have been shot in V-log, so that more information remains accessible while editing the
images. The 10-bit color depth images are recorded internally, which is more than enough for this
camera. Partly thanks to the built-in ND filters, the sun is filtered out of the reflecting snow so that
overexposure is reduced. Along with the color science from Panasonic and some color grading,
you can easily get colorful images for the film.
The possibility to use the Dual ISO function was not much needed during the shoot. I tested this
during an evening activity in Feldberg. Together with the Canon 24-70 F/2.8 lens, this was a great
pleasure to shoot. With a simple change in the menu, the camera switches from 800 to 2500 ISO.
E.I.S. – Electronic Image Stabilization
The E.I.S. works great during our shoot where a lot is shot out of hand and a gimbal is not practical
to take with us due to the many camera points that are far apart along the course. The function is
easy to activate with a button on the side of the camera and works well enough to remove the
handshake from your images.
What I noticed is that the function worked very well when I held the camera by the right handle and
under the camera while the battery was leaning against my right chest. That way I could easily
rotate with the camera with the athletes while the images are stabilized internal.
In the new 3.0 firmware update it is possible to install different camera profiles via the Quick
Switch. In those profiles, the resolution, frame rate, recording type, color profile, ISO and many
more can be pre-programmed. This is accessible with a button, so you can quickly switch during a
shoot between different camera settings that are necessary for the many situations you enter. I had
created four different profiles for this project.
1. 4K – 25FPS – V-Log – ISO 800;
2. 4K – 50FPS – V-Log – ISO 800;
3. 2.7K (cropped) – 240FPS – V-Log – ISO 800;
4. 2.7K – 120FPS – V-Log – ISO 800.
Most shots during the competition were shot in profile 4, the wide shots of the area, athletes who
are preparing and people along the track were shot in profile 2. In the extremely fast action I often
opted for profile 3, this caused that every small movement could be captured fantastically.
However, the sensor cropped to a micro 4/3 position, making your image look a lot zoomed in.
Profile 1 has hardly been used since I personally like to shoot at a higher frame rate so that I have
more flexibility while editing the images.
The camera’s touchscreen can be used to change the camera settings, to see what you are
shooting and to view the shot images. The foldable cover of the LCD screen keeps unwanted light
away. This is also necessary since the screen is not very clear during use, even when the
brightness of the screen is adjusted via the “VIEW” shortcut button it’s still not enough to see every
The touch function of the screen did not always work directly in cold conditions. I’m not sure if it
was due to the cold temperatures, but it didn’t work well during the shoot. Furthermore, the sun
hood that can be folded down while moving on a snowboard is ideal.
Before the project, the camera was upgraded to the latest firmware 3.0. With this the EVA1 can
capture 4K in 60fps and with the mentioned earlier “Quick Switch” function you do not have to go through the entire menu for every situation.
Something that would not have been practical during our shoot!
When you use the EVA1 for the first time, it is advisable to go through the menu well in order to
know what you are looking for during a shoot.
Battery life in cold conditions is always a challenge. For that reason we had four NP-F970 batteries
of 6600 mAh, which was enough to keep the EVA1 running for nine hours! Even in the cold
conditions this was the case which has surprised me enormously since I did not expect that. During
the entire shoot I did not need two batteries during a single day of shooting.
This is certainly a plus when you easily need to move around during a shoot and you don’t want to
take too many heavy batteries.
The EVA1 is a camera that I wanted to test for a long time already, especially during a wintersport
shoot. And it performed better than I expected! The image quality and stability is amazing and of high
quality. Together with the built-in ND filters, the sensor is protected against the glare of the sun in
the snow and external ND filters are no longer necessary to take with you. Due to its low weight
and compact construction, the camera is easy to carry in a backpack and can be used well
in an environment that requires flexibility. Almost all camera settings can be changed at once, which
means that the camera can be adjusted even faster to the situation in which it is needed.
In my opinion, the LCD screen can be of better quality. For example, the touch function of the screen is not always direct and often requires correction to make it work. The brightness of the screen is also too low for
use in sunny weather.
But when you know this and keep it in mind, it is a great camera that can be used well in
an extreme environment where flexibility is required.