Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder

Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder

Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder

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Product Highlights

  • External Monitor for DLSR Video Shoots
  • 3.2" (8cm) High Res Monitor:384,000 Dots
  • Enhances Stability for Shooting Video
  • Scaling Function
  • 2 HDMI Standard Ports
  • 3 Assignable Function Buttons
  • Brightness / Contrast Adjustments
  • Audio Meter Indicator
  • Black Sun Protection Disk Included
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  • 1Description

The Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder is a 3.2” (8cm) high resolution (384,000 dots) monitor that is compatible with all the Z-Finder models.

Using the EVF Flip-Up, you can operate any camera that has an HDMI port, with the correct form factor for video with the camera "in-line" to the rod system and your eye in the Z-Finder offset. In addition to enhancing stability for better resolution, the EVF Flip-Up allows for a comfortable eye position that enables low-mode shooting. You can shorten your camera package, detach your EVF from the rig, and store it in a dolly or crane for car shots.

Its built-in Z-finder frame flips up 180°. Flipping up the monitor allows you to share your shot with others. The EVF Flip-Up is compatible with virtually all cameras with an HDMI output, including the Canon C100/C300/C500, Sony FS100, Sony F3, Scarlet, Red One & Epic, Panasonic AG-AF100.

Equipped with a scaling function, the EVF Flip-UP adjusts the aspect ratio, thus ensuring that the image fits the screen when using certain DSLR cameras. It features an HDMI type 'A' in, and an HDMI type 'A' loop out. In addition to enabling image view on the EVF's 800 x 480 screen, the feature also allows signal looping out to devices such as an external monitor or the Teradek Cube. Powered by an LP-E6 style battery, the EVF Flip-Up can run for 5.2 hours.

Other features include Monochrome, Image Flip, Brightness and Contrast Adjustments, an Audio Meter Indicator, and upgradeable USB firmware. In addition to Pixel to Pixel zoom, it also offers Chroma settings for color saturation and Peaking Focus Assist that aids critical focusing by sharpening the edges and making in-focus objects stand out. Blue Only, which allows you to view the blue channel only, is a professional feature used while viewing SMPTE color bars for monitor calibration. Anamorphic setting helps in viewing an anamorphic image in the EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder by stretching out the image.

The EVF Flip-Up also has Frame Line Generators with aspect ratio frame lines such as 1.33:1 (4x3), 1.66:1 (15x9), 1.78:1 (16x9), 1.85:1 (35mm theatrical), 2.35:1 (Cinemascope), and a “rule of thirds” grid. Exposure Assist- Zebra Stripes allow setting of 2 separate IRE levels. For example, you can set one for 55 IRE to get a properly exposed skin tone, while the other can be set at 100 to indicate pure white and the point before over exposed signal clipping. The Scaling Function corrects aspect ratios by expanding the image and utilizing the entire width and resolution of the display screen. The battery level indicator can be set to show or not to show on the screen. When set not to show, the indicator will automatically appear when the battery level is down to 10%. Additionally, the Live Menu Preview allows you to see the changes taking place as you select the menu items.

3.2" (8cm) high resolution monitor that is used in combination with all the Z-Finder models
Operates cameras through an HDMI port, with the correct form factor for video with the camera "in-line" to the rod system and your eye in the Z-Finder offset
Enhances stability to offer better resolution and allows a comfortable eye position that enables low mode shooting
Helps shorten camera package and allows the EVF to be detached from the rig, keep it in a dolly or crane for car shots
Built-in Z-finder frame flips up 180° taking the Z-finder with it, thus allowing you to also use the EVF as an external monitor
Allows you to share your shots with others by flipping up the monitor
Compatible with all cameras that have an HDMI output including the Panasonic AF-100, Sony F3, RED ONE, RED Scarlet, and RED Epic
Powered by the LP-E6 style battery, can run for 5.2 hours
HDMI type 'A' in, and an HDMI type 'A' loop out
Allows looping the signal out to devices such as an external monitor or the Teradek Cube
Scaling function - adjusts the aspect ratio so that the image fits the screen when using certain DSLR cameras
Features include Monochrome, Image Flip, Pixel to Pixel zoom, Brightness and Contrast Adjustments, an Audio Meter Indicator, and upgradeable USB firmware
Chroma settings - for color saturation
Peaking Focus Assist - aids critical focusing by sharpening the edges and making in-focus objects stand out
Blue Only is a professional feature used while viewing SMPTE color bars for monitor calibration allows you to view the blue channel only
Anamorphic setting - helps in viewing an anamorphic image in the EVF by stretching out the image
Frame Line Generators offer aspect ratio frame lines such as 1.33:1 (4x3), 1.66:1 (15x9), 1.78:1 (16x9), 1.85:1 (35mm theatrical), 2.35:1 (Cinemascope), and also a "rule of thirds" grid
Exposure Assist- Zebra Stripes - allow setting of 2 separate IRE levels, you can set one for 55 IRE to obtain a properly exposed skin tone, while the other can be set at 100 to indicate pure white and the point before an over exposed signal clipping
Scaling function - corrects aspect ratios by expanding the image and utilizing the entire width and resolution of the display screen
The battery level indicator can be set to show or not to show on the screen. When set not to show, the indicator will automatically appear when the battery level is down to 10%.
Live Menu Preview - allows you to see the changes taking place as you select the menu items
CAUTION
Direct sunlight can burn spots onto the EVF screen. A black disk with a 16x9 mask cut out that will reduce the amount of light entering your EVF is supplied that helps to avoid this. It does not eliminate the sun 100% and there is still the potential to burn your screen, but it will help a great deal. Precaution must be taken, and the Z-finder lens cap must be used at all times when the EVF is not in use. For current owners, please contact the manufacturer for a free protective disk
UPC: 654367784716
In the Box
Zacuto EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder
  • 3.2" (8cm) Monitor
  • HDMI Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Hotshoe EVF Mount
  • 1/4 20" (51cm) Mounting Thread
  • Black Sun Protection Disk
  • 1-year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    LCD Display
    Size 3.2" (8cm) TFT LCD IPS LED
    Resolution 800 x 480
    Color 16M
    Viewing Angle H: 170° V: 170°
    Screen Viewing Area 70.6mm (H) x 42.76mm (V)
    Power
    Battery 7.2v Canon LP-E6 or Equivalent
    External Power Supply 12v Power Adapter Optional
    Video Input/Output HDMI: 480i/480p/576p/720p/1080i
    Operating Temperature -4 to 158°F (-20C to 70°C)
    Storage Temperature -22F to 176°F (-30C to 80°C)
    Power Consumption 2.5w (5.20 Hours w/ 1800mAH Battery)
    Weight 6 oz (170 g) - 8.5 oz (241 g) with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 7.0 x 3.6"
    EVF Flip-Up Electronic View Finder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best EVF at this moment It's a very impressive demonstration of what can be pulled of if you listen to the customers as a company, and Zacuto is obviously very good at that. There is not much that I would change, if anything at all. Of course, there is always more you can add, but for the DSLR shooter, this really is the ultimate viewfinder. It not only makes shooting more flexible, but also tranforms DSLRs into more professional movie machines in so many ways, alleviating many of the cameras' downsides. The Zacuto EVF feels like a natural extension to any DSLR, as if it has always been there and I truly don't want to miss it from any of my DSLR shooting in the future. Great work!
    Date published: 2012-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best EVF, worth every penny! The Zacuto EVF is worth every penny. LCD quality is stelar, the ease of use and features are also priceless. The ability to choose and store multiple camera profiles is invaluable and really works. Focusing and composing with a DSLR has just become easy and trouble free with the Zacuto EVF even with the 5D MKII which switches to 480p when recording. Many useful features like zebras, peaking and the great frame line generator. The included HDMI cable is really nice and the right size. Only drawback I see is the lack of multiple mounting points so I think you really need to buy the Zacuto EVF Cheese Stick. It's also made to work with a Z-finder so make sure you get one.
    Date published: 2011-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic EVF This has been one of the most useful purchases I've made in a long time. The display is beautiful and well made. It is small and lightweight and has impressive battery performance. It makes shooting video so much easier, especially on DSLRs. It is far easier to judge focus using this than the rear lcd. Combine this with a Noga arm and you're set. The focus assist works great as does all the other functions like the false color. It is so versatile, I can't really think of anything that I would want it to do that it doesn't already offer. The HDMI pass through works as expected enabling you to send the signal to another monitor. I can't imagine shooting without it.
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is like a 2nd intellectual processor. I have only had a Zacuto EVF Flipper now for just a few days and I think the best description is that it is like having a 2nd INTEL intellectual processor. Once you get the hang of the fine detail it truly provides both in picture quality and information plus the fact that your eye is enclosed and can just focus on the situation and you can see the actual fine detail and effect of your own adjustments on your work quality which quickly improves and that saves you real money and time in editing... You do not need to call yourself any more the news video reporter or an eng videographer but you can start looking at developing the finer art and craftsmanship of studying cinematography hopefully.
    Date published: 2011-11-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Completes the package I had the Z Pro finder, but it was cumbersome to use. With the EVF, I'm able to tilt rather than just looking into the viewfinder straight on. But the real value of EVF is all of the other features it offers, like zebra, monochrome viewing and focus assist to name a few. The flip is really worth the extra dollars, allowing you to flip the Z Pro out of the way and just using the EVF as a monitor. This may seem small, but the HMI connection on the EVF is on the right side and the HDMI on the Canon is on the left side, when mounting the EVF on the hot shoe, the cable is somewhat in the way, but not a big deal.
    Date published: 2012-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Bought this EVF based on several reviews and having the chance to play with it on set before. Its features are extensive and color space is dead on. For the price...you definitely get what you want here. I use this with my 5DMKII and the EVF has a preset to use the entire screen when recording or not! I missed the Zebra function from my HVX200 and having it back helps with lighting in those tricky situations. Watch the video reviews of this EVF and you'll see why it's #1. Must have for your gear collection.
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Worthwhile Accessory I use this with my 5DMKII. I've been avoiding a lot of the add-on accessories for my DSLR as I believe it goes against the small form factor. However, especially for tripod work, I find the Zacuto EVF to be a must-have accessory. For handheld work, I find the EVF to be really effective as I can now tilt the viewfinder up a little, cradle the camera slightly below eye level and tuck my elbows in for a steadier shot. On the sticks, one can achieve the previously unachievable with ease and comfort. The firmware offers a wealth of options most importantly functions that help with focus and exposure. With peaking and zebra turned off, I find the resolution of the EVF to be very close to that provided by the 5D's LCD screen. There are presets for various single chip large sensor cameras including the 5D. I don't use the preset because when you press the record button, the image upscales a bit and fills the screen to the point where I can't see my aperture, shutter and ISO value displays. So I leave it in Auto mode meaning the image size does not alter once in record. If you don't need the aperture etc displayed then you're in for a big treat. The image displayed appears so much bigger than the Z-Finder attached to the camera's LCD screen. It's a wonderful immersive experience where your whole world is filled with the image. It's a bit like sitting in the third row at the cinema. I've been shooting with broadcast ENG cameras for over 20 years and find this viewfinder to be as good as or better than anything I've ever used. This is quantifiably better than any professional viewfinder on the market. It's only when one uses broadcast standard equipment that one realises how the world should be viewed through a video camera. The Zacuto EVF gives me a broadcast standard viewfinder. It really is that good. Now for the not so good. Any EVF of its kind is an add-on with a cable a battery and some form of attachment. Zacuto have engineered the cable with great care, however HDMI was not designed to be repeatedly plugged and unplugged. My low-key camera is now bigger and heavier. The battery has a good life and is interchangeable with the 5D, 60D and 7D camera battery. There is a compatibility issue with the charger though. Standard Canon batteries won't charge with the Zacuto charger. No big deal. The attachment provided with the EVF is the weakest link. The hot-shoe ball device is not a Zacuto product. It's a cheap and nasty attachment that isn't up to the task. I binned it and figured out something else. Zacuto offer other solutions but they're all have compromises and at an extra cost. If I was Zacuto, I would upgrade the hot-shoe attachment even if it meant charging more. They need to figure out a mounting solution that provides movement on one axis only - up and down without having to adjust a wing-nut on a ball. I'm going to be harsh and deduct one star for this terrible attachment solution.
    Date published: 2011-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I purchased a Canon 60D so I could have an articulating screen, but with the shallow DOF it's a bit difficult to maintain focus when your on the run. The EVF allows me to shoot in many positions and with a Z-Finder I always get good focus. My only issue is not with the EVF, but the HDMI output of the camera being 480p. Check your camera output so you aren't disappointed. It doesn't bother me and I plan to upgrade at some point using the same EVF. The EVF construction is top notch. Firmware updates are simple thru the USB input. I used the hotshoe mount when I first got the EVF and it worked fine, but I now have the Zacuto Sling Shot which puts the EVF to the left side. Battery life is awesome and takes standard Canon batteries that you would use in a 60D, 7D and 5D. The clarity of the screen is amazing!
    Date published: 2012-11-02
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