Z CAM, makers of the now nearly three years old E1 camera, are back with a new and improved 2nd generation 4K camera, that boast some very impressive specs found only on much higher priced cinema cameras. You may remember the Z CAM E1, which could do 30p in either UHD or 4K DCI, while the new E2 model takes this to a whole new level.
The new Z CAM E2 sports a new 4/3-inch CMOS sensor with large photo sites greatly enhancing low-light performance, and also boating 4K/120fps in 10bit – all of this in a size a little bit bigger than a Rubik’s cube. The Micro Four Thirds mount enables a huge range of lenses to be adapter or alternatively – use native Micro 4/3 lenses made for and by Panasonic, Olympus, SLR Magic and other manufacturers.
The E2 offers a wide range of output connections such as HDMI for monitoring, SYNC port for multiple cameras, Ethernet and USB-C. C-Fast 2.0 is the recording media. The team at Z-CAM claims 13.5 stops dynamic range. There is lots of speculation that this is the GH5S sensor, however whether that is the case or not, what matters is that the E2 records in 10bit in either H.265 (10bit Long GOP by default) or H.264.
Sony NP-F style batteries, which are extremely popular, widely available and affordable can be used to power the camera.
Z CAM E2 Highlights / Features
- 4K/120fps, 10 bit color, H.264 & H.265 (10 bit)
- 4/3-inch Sony CMOS sensor, pixel size = 4.63𝜇m
- Micro Four Thirds lens mount
- Gigabit Ethernet port for control setting & live streaming
- iOS app for control setting & live preview
- 4K / 60fps via HDMI 2.0
- 4K / 60fps via SDI 12G (optional accessory)
- Deep Learning Engine built in with SDK
- Global shutter variant to be available soon
- Price: $1,999
Z CAM E2 Tech Specifications
|Video Encoder||H.264 high profile
H.265 main 10 profile
|Color Bit Depth||10bit|
|Bit rate for 4K UHD||Maximum 1,768Mbps|
|Shutter Speed||Auto, Manual (1/30″ ~ 1/8000″)|
|Time Lapse (Video)||Yes|
Although primarily aimed at live-streaming, The Z CAM E2 can be used as a conventional camera, that is if you want to go through the pain of rigging it. No official footage has yet been released.
The camera also features a “deep learning engine with SDK” which will allow for additional functionality to be added to the camera in the future – maybe even 4K Raw? Who knows…. to be continued.
For more info and specifications head over to Z CAM’s website.
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