Zacuto Announces Kameleon 1080p Micro-OLED EVF

Zacuto have just announced another addition to their expanding EVF lineup. The new Zacuto Kameleon EVF has a 1920 x 1080p Micro-OLED display, 4K input support via HDMI and both 3G-SDI and HDMI connectivity.

This EVF was initially developed or started by JTZ, and Zacuto are not hiding the fact that the Kameleon EVF is what they call ‘powered by JTZ’. Zacuto say they worked with JTZ to improve the internal software, monitoring features, colour rendition, optics and anti-fog capabilities and are also the worldwide distributor for this product. You can learn more about their relationship with JTZ in their Zacuto LIVE episode linked below.

Unlike the Gratical EYE, the Kameleon has a higher resolution 1080p display and now offers 3D LUT support. Similar to the Gratical EYE, the Kameleon requires external power from your camera as there is no battery option like on the Gratical HD, but as this is pitched to mid-tier operators working with cameras like the Sony FS7 and similar, powering the device from a V-mount battery or distributor box shouldn’t be a problem.

The Kameleon differs from the Graticals by offering 4K HDMI input downscaled to 1080p, 3D LUTS and a larger screen with camera data overlayed on the image. The Gratical EVFs have a 16×9 image with space underneath for Vectorscope, Waveform, and Histogram.

When it comes to monitoring features the major difference between the Gratical EVFs and the new Kameleon EVF is that the Kameleon EVF does not have a Waveform or a Vectorscope due to more limited processing power and screen real estate. The Kameleon EVF is priced at $1950 and expected to start shipping soon.

To see more comparisons of the features between the Gratical EVFs and the new Kameleon EVF, see the graphic below.

All Images by Zacuto

The Kameleon has a 4 pin Lemo power jack and a single SDI and HDMI input. Like all Zacuto EVFs, the Kameleon features a built-in -1 to +4 diopter range and Zacuto’s patented essential anti-fog coating formula. Zacuto claim it will never fog in humidity or freezing temperatures. An auto-closing eyecup door helps prevent your display from getting burned by the sun.

Images by Zacuto

Zacuto Kameleon EVF Features

  • 0.71″ OLED EVF
  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution, up to 4K Input
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Supports Resolutions up to 1080p/60
  • 3G-SDI, HDMI, and USB-C Connections
  • Zebra, Histogram
  • Peaking, False Color, Test Pattern
  • 1D and 3D LUT Import
  • 1/4″-20 and ARRI Rosettes for Mounting
  • Diopter Adjustment and 4:1 Zoom
  • Requires external power
  • Price: $1950 at B&H
Zacuto Kameleon EVF

Images by Zacuto

Kameleon EVF Tech Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.9”x 2.75” x 2.83”
  • Weight: 15 oz
  • Micro-OLED Display:
    • Dimension: 0.71” diagonal
    • Contrast: 10,000:1
    • Color depth: 24-bit RBG
    • 6.5 million pixels
    • 3103 PPI
  • Power:

    • Power input: 7-20V
    • Power input port: 4 pin LEMO 0B
    • Power consumption: 5W
  • Connections:
    • HDMI x 1 / SDI x 1
    • USB-C x1 for LUT imports & Firmware updates
  • HDMI Input:
    • 4K DCI, 4K UHD,
    • 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • SDI input: 
    • 3G SDI, 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • Physical Features:
    • Joystick menu/function button
    • Adjustable diopter ring
    • Drop in diopters for additional correction (+1, +2, +3, +4)
    • Auto Closing Eyecup
    • 2-step anti-fog shields
    • ARRI Rosette on both sides
    • Cooling fan
  • Software Features:
    • Custom Scaling
    • Frame lines
    • Calibration Settings
    • Center marker/crosshair
    • Anamorphic
    • 4:1 Zoom
    • Image Flip
    • False color
    • Red Line Peaking
    • Freeze Frame
    • Zebras
    • Histogram
    • Audiometers
    • 4 programmable hotkeys
    • 3D LUT import
    • SMPTE Color Bars

To see the recorded version of the Zacuto LIVE Kameleon launch eposide, which answers a lot of questions people have about this new EVF, head over to Zacuto’s facebook page via this link here. For further details and to order direct head over to Zacuto.

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