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Z CAM E2-M4 Professional 4K Cinema Camera (Micro Four Thirds)

BH #ZCE2M4 • MFR #E1511
Z CAM E2-M4 Professional 4K Cinema Camera (Micro Four Thirds)
Key Features
  • DCI & UHD 4K up to 160 fps
  • Interchangeable MFT Lens Mount
  • ProRes RAW & 12-Bit Color Support
  • 4/3" WDR CMOS Sensor/Flagship Housing
The Z CAM E2-M4 Professional 4K Cinema Camera features an interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens mount, a Flagship Series housing, and like all Z CAM E2s with the latest update, the ability to record ProRes RAW using select Atomos recorder/monitors. This compact camera records 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). A future update will enable the E2-M4 to will support RTMP, RTPS, and SRT live streaming directly from the camera without requiring a computer. The camera features a 4/3" sensor with 10/12-bit color support and nominal 13 stops of dynamic range with 16 stops when set to WDR. ISO settings include 500 and 2500 in native mode, 250 and 1250 with WDR activated, and a total manual range of 500 to 102,400. The E2-M4 supports H.265 and H.264 codecs for efficient compressing of your images, and with firmware update 0.98.0 it supports ProRes 422 in all resolution and frame rate combinations and offers proxy recording in separate files.
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Z CAM E2-M4 MFT-Mount Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Firmware 0.98.0 Updates
  • 3ProRes RAW
  • 4Interchangeable Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 5Direct Streaming from Camera
  • 64K Capture and Recording
  • 7Interfaces and Expandability
  • 8iOS App
  • 9Camera Body

The Z CAM E2-M4 Professional 4K Cinema Camera features an interchangeable Micro Four Thirds lens mount, a Flagship Series housing, and like all Z CAM E2s with the latest update, the ability to record ProRes RAW using select Atomos recorder/monitors. This compact camera records 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). A future update will enable the E2-M4 to will support RTMP, RTPS, and SRT live streaming directly from the camera without requiring a computer. The camera features a 4/3" sensor with 10/12-bit color support and nominal 13 stops of dynamic range with 16 stops when set to WDR. ISO settings include 500 and 2500 in native mode, 250 and 1250 with WDR activated, and a total manual range of 500 to 102,400. The E2-M4 supports H.265 and H.264 codecs for efficient compressing of your images, and with firmware update 0.98.0 it supports ProRes 422 in all resolution and frame rate combinations and offers proxy recording in separate files.

The E2-M4 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. Power the E2-M4 camera from a separately available L-series battery or AC adapter.

Note:
An AC power supply or battery is not included.

Firmware 0.98.0 Updates

  • ProRes recording in all resolution and frame rate combinations
  • Capture ProRes proxy recording in separate files
  • 3D LUT banding issue in preview has been fixed
  • Improved external SSD recording via USB
  • UVC (USB) and additional bug fixes

ProRes RAW

Will support 12-bit ProRes RAW recording over HDMI when used with select Atomos recorder/monitors.

Interchangeable Micro Four Thirds Mount

The included MFT mount can be swapped out for separately available ARRI PL or Leica M lens mounts, giving you access to a wide array of lenses.

Direct Streaming from Camera

Will support RTMP, RTPS, and SRT live streaming directly from the camera without requiring a computer.

4K Capture and Recording

  • 12-bit ProRes raw via HDMI to Atomos Ninja 5 (UHD 4K 2.4:1)
  • Records DCI/UHD 4K up to 160 fps or 1080p up to 240 fps, to the limit of your recording media's capacity
  • Native ISO: 500 and 2500, with WDR activated: 250 and 1250
  • 13-15 stops of dynamic range using Z-Log2, 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
  • 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 browser or 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

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-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 separately available AC/DC adapter or L-series batteries
  • Active, interchangeable MFT mount
UPC: 841687100016

Z CAM E2-M4 MFT-Mount Specs

Imaging
Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
Lens CommunicationYes
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 10.28 Megapixel
Sensor Type19 x 13 mm (Four Thirds) CMOS
Built-In ND FilterNone
Capture TypeVideo Only
Exposure Control
Shutter TypeElectronic Rolling Shutter
ISO Sensitivity500 to 2500 (Extended: 500 to 102,400)
Shutter Angle1 to 360°
Advertised Dynamic Range16 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 RatesDCI 4K: Up to 119.88 fps
UHD: Up to 119.88 fps
DCI 2K: Up to 160 fps
1080p: Up to 240 fps
Gamma CurveZ-Log2
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2/4-Channel 48 kHz AAC Audio
External Video Capture
Raw OutputHDMI In Raw Mode:
3840 x 2160 at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/60/119.88 fps 
IP StreamingYes
Interface
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 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 Type-C
1 x D-Sub 9-Pin (RS-232)
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini (LANC) Control
1 x RJ45 (LAN)
Wireless2.4 / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Monitor
Size1.3"
Display TypeFixed LCD
Viewfinder
TypeOptional, Not Included
Focus
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF, Automatic, Manual Focus
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 72°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)3.91 x 3.8 x 3.6" / 99.25 x 95.6 x 91.2 mm (Without Protrusions)
Weight2.05 lb / 930 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.185 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 8.65 x 4.9"

Z CAM E2-M4 MFT-Mount Reviews

I love it

By KAYDOTMJ
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

Beautiful camera and beautiful quality I have nothing bad to say

Really love this camera

By Sultan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

I enjoyed with using Z cam cameras , no over heat while filming the birds nest , i can use the split files with that function , very high dynamic range , nice color , compact vcamera , frame rats And being a camera that gives these advantages and with its low price, there must be drawbacks such as: lack of an easily readable screen, weak focus, fewer dedicated buttons, no angle shutter

So far, so good.

By Diego
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-17

Expectations exceeded. Solid construction. Very well designed and engineered: something you realize when using it. I love how modular it is. Using IOs devices as monitors is incredibly useful: an iPhone attached to the rig can do for hand held recording, while an iPad in your desktop can help you record yourself and control just about everything. The picture quality is delightful. Easy to power via a standard AC brick, so no need to worry about batteries for long interview sessions. When requiring batteries, using big ones can get you all the juice you could possibly need. I record on a Samsung T7: not only cheap for storage, but also very convenient for editing without loading more heavy data in your computer). I have really no complains whatsoever: it is a great camera I have been able to setup for every scenario I have required.

Excellent versatility but, okay overall

By Alexandre
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-02

The E2-M4 is a great camera if you look at it as an overall package, it has excellent codecs, so you have the choice. However, don't buy this camera thinking that you can use it only with the body, you will need to spend at least $1500 more to make it useable. The autofocus is horrible, don't expect anything out of it, it is very slow so, unless you move very slowly, it won't work, BUT who would use an autofocus anyway? It's a cinema camera. I did some test with the image quality, and it's superb except that you always have some grain in the picture even at the lowest ISO, I find it a bit distracting. In the end, I don't think you can go wrong with this camera but if you are someone that wants autofocus look somewhere else like the Sony like or Fujifilm.

Great Camera but ....

By Najee
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-14

Great Camera coming from the GH5S but I wanted to move up from m43 , The extra $1200 with taxes is worth upgrading to the S6 it's future proof.

Small, metal, what more can you compliment?

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-09

Pros: Records to USB C SSDs, 4k 120fps, 1080 240fps. Cine and Log modes. Tiny built in LCD, 3.5mm microphone jack, headphone jack, long battery life, built in stereo microphones. Cons: No battery life indicator (That I could find, I searched the menus 6 times), Uses CFast cards and not SD cards, no XLR port. Love this thing though, incredible video and audio quality!

Great camera. I may have to get one for myself!

By Nick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

I bought this camera for our department. It's a great little camera. The videos look great!

Great Buy

By Donovan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-16

Exceptional quality, features and construction for the price

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