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Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K Cinema Camera (EF Mount)

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Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K Cinema Camera (EF Mount)
Key Features
  • Record up to 6K60 Video
  • ZRAW and ProRes Recording
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Super 35 CMOS Sensor
Shoot professional high-definition cinema footage with the Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K Cinema Camera with a Canon EF lens mount. The camera features a Super 35 sensor with 10-bit 4:2:2 color support and nominal 14 stops of dynamic range, supports timecode, shoots up to 6K at up to 60 fps, DCI 4K up to 75 fps, 1080p up to 120 fps, and records data up to 300 Mb/s onto CFast 2.0 media.
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Z CAM E2-S6 EF-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Firmware Update
  • 34K Capture and Recording
  • 4Interfaces and Expandability
  • 5iOS App
  • 6Camera Settings
  • 7Camera Body

Shoot professional high-definition cinema footage with the Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K Cinema Camera with a Canon EF lens mount. The camera features a Super 35 sensor with 10-bit 4:2:2 color support and nominal 14 stops of dynamic range, supports timecode, shoots up to 6K at up to 60 fps, DCI 4K up to 75 fps, 1080p up to 120 fps, and records data up to 300 Mb/s onto CFast 2.0 media.

It supports recording formats MOV and MP4 using ProRes raw for 12-bit recording and H.265 for 10-bit recording (H.264 supports 8-bit recording) when using the latest firmware update that allows the camera to record in both ZRAW and ProRes formats. The HDMI 2.0 port supports 4K60, 10-bit 4:2:0 video output. Audio is recorded in 24-bit 48 kHz using AAC or PCM (PCM for MOV format only) through its 3.5mm stereo jack or via a separately available XLR connector using its 5-pin LEMO port.

The E2-S6 can be controlled via serial ports, a 2.5mm LANC connector, a USB Type-C port, an Ethernet port, or by the Z Camera iOS app to control the camera via Wi-Fi and to view a live image preview and to configure settings. The camera can record time-lapse, slow motion, and can even live stream via its Gigabit Ethernet port. You can also control it locally by the buttons along the side of the camera.

The E2-S6 can be powered by a separately available battery using the built-in L-series battery mount, or you can power the camera using a separately available power adapter using its 2-pin LEMO port. The camera also features a 12 VDC 2-pin LEMO power output to provide power to separately available accessories.

Firmware Update

The latest firmware enables ZRAW and ProRes 422 recording to the camera.

4K Capture and Recording

  • Unburdened by a recording time limit, you can record 6K at up to 60 fps for up to the limit of your recording media's capacity
  • CMOS sensor with 14 stops of dynamic range
  • The camera supports ZRAW, ProRes raw, REC. 709, Z-Log2, FLAT, and HLG
  • H.265 (10-bit color) internal recording on CFast 2.0 cards
  • 4K60, 10-bit 4:2:2 video output through HDMI 2.0 is supported
  • Full-metal housing for efficient heat dissipation

Interfaces and Expandability

  • USB 3.0 Type-C for camera control and data transformation only
  • Two serial ports for camera control
  • Ethernet port for live view, control, and file transfer to a browser or a computer running Z CAM software
  • LANC port for remote control including power on/off

iOS App

Z Camera is a mobile application for camera live preview and control through 5G or 802.11n Wi-Fi. It allows you to start/stop recording and adjust the camera settings remotely, and also has advanced features on camera live preview.

Camera Settings

  • White balance: Auto, preset, manual (2300 to 7500K)
  • Focus modes: MF, AF, CAF
  • Image: Brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness
  • LUT: REC. 709, Z-Log2, FLAT, HLG
  • Timecode: Current time, manual input

Camera Body

  • Made from aluminum for strength and heat dissipation
  • 2-pin LEMO 12 VDC power output
  • Powers from optional 2-pin LEMO 12 VDC adapter or optional L-series batteries
UPC: 841687100214

Z CAM E2-S6 EF-Mount Specs

Lens MountCanon EF
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 26 Megapixel
Sensor Type23.4 x 15.67 mm (Super35) CMOS
Built-In ND FilterNone
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
Shutter Angle1 to 360°
Advertised Dynamic Range14 Stops
Raw RecordingRaw 10-Bit
6244 x 4168 at 29.97 fps [1.2 Gb/s]
Raw 12-Bit
6244 x 4168 [300 Mb/s]
Variable Frame RatesUp to 119.88 fps
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio RecordingMOV: 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz LPCM Audio
MP4: 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz AAC Audio
MOV: 2-Channel 24-Bit 48 kHz AAC Audio
IP StreamingYes
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: CFast (CFast 2.0)
Video I/O1 x HDMI (HDMI 2.0) Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
1 x LEMO 5-Pin Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Output
Power I/O1 x LEMO 2-Pin (12 VDC) Input
1 x LEMO 2-Pin (12 VDC) Output
Other I/O1 x USB Type-C (Camera Interface) Data/Control Input/Output
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control Input
1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet, LAN) Data/Control/Monitor Input/Output
2 x LEMO 4-Pin (Camera Interface) Control Input/Output
Wireless5 GHz Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Control
Display TypeFixed LCD
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Battery TypeSony L-Series
Accessory Mount11 x 1/4"-20 Female
Material of ConstructionAluminum
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.81 x 3.91 x 3.6" / 122.25 x 99.25 x 91.2 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.58 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.4 x 8.7 x 5.2"

Z CAM E2-S6 EF-Mount Reviews

Great camera!!

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

The footage looks great and works seamlessly in Adobe Premiere

Cinema Camera of the Future, today!

By Ian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-18

There is just something about the image out of a dedicated Cine camera that just has a rich, warm feel that I never got from my GH5! Pair it with some vintage lenses and you have something that looks fantastic - and small, so it runs on my gimbal no problem - and the price??? Couldn't be happier

Beautiful image with some comprimises

Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-04

I've been using this camera for a little over a year, working on documentaries and sports. Here's a pros and cons list: Pros: - Image, it looks amazing - Form factor, I love it, but also hate it because it needs to be rigged out for handheld, which adds more points of failure. - Interchangeable lens mount, I use sony E, but that is a con - Numerous record formats, 4k up to 75 and 4k 241 up to 100, pretty good, all ProRes 422 or 422 HQ - External SSD recording, not the most reliable, but cheap - 2 pin lemo power output - Amazing mobile app - Durable, this is why I got it over the BMPCC6K, it's all metal and I have no worries about rain or sand Cons: - 5 pin lemo xlr, it's a horrible connector, expensive, and not many options. Pretty sure new Red v-raptor has it as well, so maybe more options will come out - Internal preamps, they aren't the best - CFAST 2.0, it's really expensive, but reliable - Sony E mount, it's made by viltrox, double the cost of the native zcam mounts, and isn't reliable and doesn't securely hold the lens - Post workflow, I use resolve with the ZLOG plugin, which looks amazing, but a little annoying I can't use the native resolve colour tools for the same result. would love to see BRAW. ZRAW is even worse, have to convert in their own software. - External ssd recording, it isn't the most reliable, even with both connections locked down - No a big name brand. It normally doesn't matter, but sometimes clients want to hear Canon or Sony.

Great budget option for brain-style cameras

By Ben Chxwy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-06

I bought it about 3 months ago and it hasnt let me down once. the menu system take a bit to understand but its fairly intuitive. I havent used it with CFast but recording to my Samsung T5 is amazing. ZLog is also amazing. I also love the versatility of the camera because its so small it fits into anything.

Wow Quality

By Maurice
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-06

Moved up from M43 on Panasonic to the Z Cam S6 and the image quality is just amazing. Also like the simplified menu system on the Z CAM, the ProRes and the flat and Zlog profiles.

Best Bang for Buck Cinema Camera, Punching up in Class

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-29

I've been working with the Z Cam E2-S6 for nearly a year now, mostly as a rental, but made the jump to own and couldn't be happier with the choice, even as a late in years model. It checks the requisites: Shoots RAW, form factor, VFR, Dual ISO, storage options, swappable mounts, monitoring and app integration, solid color, for the drawbacks, options like SDI and XLR and cabling will require costs apart from the first investment. It's a system camera, so if you go into it knowing you'll build it up and strip it down into various configurations can be an empowerment - which is my take; I like being able to work with my phone as a monitor with a side handle and cage - or build a full cinema package. For my story, this was an aspiration, so I bought things around the camera first, like a cage, handles, shoulder support, matte box and used these with my rentals. In making the jump to owning a body, I already knew how to work with the camera now it just stays with me. Last take, this takes the things I loved about the NX1 and puts all that functionality into a box body. Very happy about the ecosystem and already eying an second S6 and F6 body for an interview package.

Great Camera

By Kristen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-17

The Z Cam E2-S6 is a fabulous value for the money. Shoots in 6K with a beautiful color balance. It feels sturdy. Can't beat the codec options and quality for the price point.

I don't think you can get a better camera for the price

By Pablo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-22

I bought this camera a year ago. And I have used it mainly for commercials and corporate work. In terms of image quality, bang for buck, flexibility, and features I don't think you can find a better option. BlackMagic might be similar in many ways, but the boxy form factor of the Zcam and lens mount interchangeable options make this system unique. If anything, the few quirks come down to the actual physical buttons: no way to see them in the dark when shooting in low-light situations and no tactile difference between them and maybe the Zraw codec, which is not very easy to work with. The audio preamps are pretty decent by the way, and if you just get the XLR- to mini XLR cable the sound is really good and you can use phantom-powered mics. If you can't afford a higher-priced camera like a C300 M3 and you don't care much about autofocus, there's no way to beat this mini beast of a cinema camera.

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