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Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinema Camera

BH #ZCE2 • MFR #E1503
Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinema Camera
Key Features
  • DCI and UHD 4K up to 160 fps
  • 13-Stop Dynamic Range (16 WDR Enabled)
  • 10-Bit Color Recording, Supports ProRes
  • 4/3" WDR CMOS Sensor
The Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinema Camera shoots DCI and UHD 4K at up to 160 fps, as well as HD up to 240 fps, and records to a CFast 2.0 card (not included). An optional cable enables syncing two E2 cameras together, and the system supports syncing up to 100 cameras. The camera features a 4/3" sensor with 10-bit color support and nominal 13 stops of dynamic range with 16 stops when set to WDR. The camera supports recording in ProRes 422 in 10-bit, as well as H.265 and H.264 codecs for efficient compressing of your image.
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Z CAM E2 MFT Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Firmware 0.98 Update
  • 34K Capture and Recording
  • 4Interfaces and Expandability
  • 5iOS App
  • 6Camera Body

The Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinema Camera shoots DCI and UHD 4K at up to 160 fps, as well as HD up to 240 fps, and records to a CFast 2.0 card (not included). An optional cable enables syncing two E2 cameras together, and the system supports syncing up to 100 cameras. The camera features a 4/3" sensor with 10-bit color support and nominal 13 stops of dynamic range with 16 stops when set to WDR. The camera supports recording in ProRes 422 in 10-bit, as well as H.265 and H.264 codecs for efficient compressing of your image.

An included Gigabit connector provides data transfer and control of the camera, and you can also use an available iOS app to control the camera and to view a live image preview. You can also control it locally by the buttons along the front edge of the camera. The camera powers from an L-series battery (not included) or via the included AC adapter.

Firmware 0.98 Update
  • All resolution and frame rate combinations now support ProRes 422 recording (except C8K 2.4:1)
  • ProRes proxy records in separate files
  • Preview and in-camera playback with 3D LUT banding issue fixed
  • External SSD recording through USB performance is improved
  • UVC (USB camera) bug fixes
4K Capture and Recording
  • You can record DCI/UHD 4K at up to 160 fps or 1080p at up to 240 fps, for up to the limit of your recording media's capacity
  • Triple native ISO 80/160/800
  • 13 stops of dynamic range using ZLog, and 16 stops of dynamic range in WDR mode
  • Built-in multi-frame noise reduction technology to produce clean footage
  • H.265 (10-bit color) internal recording on CFast 2.0 card
  • 10-bit ProRes recording in 422 HQ, 422, 422 LT, and 422 Proxy is supported
  • Video output through HDMI 2.0 is supported (up to DCI 4K at 60 fps, 10-bit color, YUV 422)
  • Full-metal housing for efficient heat dissipation
Interfaces and Expandability
  • USB Type-C port for live view and control via iOS device with Z Camera app installed
  • The USB Type-C port can also be used for external SSD recording
  • Ethernet port for live view, control, and file transfer to a browser or a computer running Z CAM software
  • HTTP API and SDK are also available
  • COM (RS232) port supports UART protocol
  • LANC port for remote control including power on/off
  • Pixel-level multicamera sync can be achieved for up to 100 devices—requires optional cable(s)
iOS App
Z Camera is a mobile application for camera live preview and control through Wi-Fi/USB cable connection. It allows you to start/stop recording and adjust the camera settings remotely, and also has advanced features on the camera live preview. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
Camera Body
  • Made from aluminum for strength and heat dissipation
  • Nine threaded mounting holes around the outside chassis
  • Sensor plane marking for accurate distance measurements
  • Powers from included AC/DC adapter or optional L-series batteries
  • Active MFT mount
UPC: 841687100061

Z CAM E2 MFT Mount Specs

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 10.28 Megapixel
Sensor Type17.3 x 13 mm (Four Thirds) CMOS
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeVideo Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
ISO Sensitivity160 to 25,600 (Extended: 80 to 12,800)
Advertised Dynamic Range13 Stops
Internal Video Capture
Recording ModesProRes 422 HQ 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 up to 29.97p
3840 x 2160 up to 29.97p
3696 x 2772 up to 29.97p
1920 x 1080 up to 100p
ProRes 422 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 up to 48.00p
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94p
3696 x 2772 up to 48.00p
1920 x 1080 up to 119.88p
ProRes 422LT 4:2:2 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 up to 59.94p
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94p
3696 x 2772 up to 59.94p
1920 x 1080 up to 119.88p
ProRes 422 Proxy 4:2:2
4096 x 2160 up to 59.94p
3840 x 2160 up to 59.94p
3696 x 2772 up to 59.94p
1920 x 1080 up to 119.88p
H.265 10-Bit
4096 x 2160 up to 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [230 Mb/s]
3840 x 2160 up to 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [230 Mb/s]
2696 x 2772 at 23.98p/24.00p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [230 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 up to 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/240p [200 Mb/s]
H.264 8-Bit
4096 x 2160 up to 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [230 Mb/s]
3840 x 2160 up to 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/119.88p [230 Mb/s]
3696 x 2772 at 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [230 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080 up to 23.98p/24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/240p [200 Mb/s]
Sensor Crop ModesFour Thirds
Variable Frame RatesUp to 119.88 fps
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
External Video Capture
IP StreamingYes
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CFast (CFast 2.0)
Video I/O1 x HDMI 2.0 Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Output
1 x LEMO 5-Pin Microphone Input
Power I/O1 x LEMO 4-Pin (12 VDC at 5 A) Input
Other I/O1 x USB-C
1 x LEMO 10-Pin (Sync)
1 x D-Sub 9-Pin (RS-232)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
Wireless2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Monitor
Size1.3"
Display TypeFixed LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptional, Not Included
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeFlexible, Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Continuous-Servo AF, Automatic, Manual Focus
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Battery TypeSony L-Series
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Accessory Mount8 x 1/4"-20 Female
Material of ConstructionAluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)3.6 x 3.9 x 3.5" / 91.2 x 99.2 x 89.1 mm (Without Protrusions)
Weight1.67 lb / 757 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 9 x 5"

Z CAM E2 MFT Mount Reviews

It works great.

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-27

I'm going into my third week with it. It has its quirks, but all-in-all, I'm happy with it. It is versatile, it is modular, and it is a great camera.

nice video camera/recorder but has problems

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-19

I have been experimenting with just my one unit received from B&H Photo a few weeks back. The picture is nice and edits in well with that of the Panasonic GH5s. Unfortuantely, autofocus cannot be depended upon in the continuous focus mode. Push-to-focus seems to work well to offer a single automatic focus though. Audio mode is OK with in-camera, 3.5mm, and xlr input possibilities. I noticed some background noise in the auto-level mode. Noise seems to trigger 'on' when record button is pressed. Maybe just a bad unit. Am sending it back for replacement. I will plan to update this review in about two weeks' time.

Tiny beast of a camera

By Lester
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-07

Great form factor and versatility, excellent battery life, robust recording options, unbeatable price. Slap on a Metabones speedbooster and this thing can get close to a full-frame look. If you use a fairly recent iPhone or iPad, it works flawlessly as a monitor with a usb-c to lightning cable.

innovation and  value

By Howard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-02

Allot to like. Low cost 4k, records to usbc, built in wifi hot spot for remote control, variety of recording modes and formats, and an active support forum frequented by the owner of the company. Documented my build here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2599705156954449&type=3

Amazing camera

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-21

Love the soft image of this camera. My first cinema camera and I am loving it.

Amazing!

By Brett
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-08

Perfect camera, amazing features, wonderful app, gives me videos that I could have only dreamed of before.

A camera with a lot of problems

By Luigi
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-20

Usually I don't like to write something bad, but in this case I'm quiet frustrated with all the issues I have and the poor customer service, which basically tell me that's ok having problems. Here the facts: 1). The Angelbird CF card most of the time cannot be read. Btw it's very difficult to take it out, I'm using a spoon to avoid breaking a nail. I don't know yet if the problem is just with the card. 2). The mini XLR connection which gives phantom power, is producing a very loud noise for most microphones which makes impossible to use that audio at all. The solution is to buy a mike with battery (not much choice on the market). They should do a test and specifically mention a list of mikes which works (if any... I have my doubts). Btw I had a Kondor Blue cable which didn't work (I saw here in B&H also somebody else with the same problem). I had to order an Alvin cable by Amazon. 3). The wireless connection is poor also at a couple of meters distance, maybe due to interference with the wireless Rode Go mike I'm using which through the 3.5mm jack connection is crystal clear. 4). Colour science: in ProRes 422 there is not much too play with and I can't test ZRaw or ProRes Raw with my old Mac Pro. Honestly with the Kinefinity MAVO also in ProRes 422 you get really a cinematic look easily. I bought the Z-Cam for the autofocus for solo working on a light gimbal. 5). Autofocus: you need a good contrast, otherwise forget it. 6). I shoot 2.8f, 180 shutter, 600 ASA in a very no contrast room and the image noise was terrible: impossible to use this footage. You can avoid this problem by recording in low noise which is not available in WDR. OK, it's also true that if you don't have contrast, you don't need WDR.

A user-friendly experience

By Scott
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-31

This is NOT a fanboy review. This camera gets all the attention it needs on its Facebook page. What I will say is that, for the price, this is an incredibly competent production tool. Is it perfect? No. The menus are overly complicated, and the ergonomic placement of some of the buttons are counterintuitive. But all of these are solvable issues. The form factor and low light sensitivity are what drew me to this camera. The post workflow is another matter..and something a new buyer needs to consider. The images the camera makes have a remarkable degree of latitude in post. Ultimately, probably the single greatest feature of this camera isn’t even the camera—it’s the responsiveness of the company to user input. They really listen to their customers, and try to incorporate as many suggestions from real-world users as possible. All you big box camera companies? Pay attention to what Z Cam is doing. They certainly have my attention.

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