Z Cam the relatively new Camera company from Shenzhen, China has announced the Z Cam E2 at NAB 2018 MSRP $1,999.00 USD. It is not a direct replacement for their ambitious but half-baked Z E1 m4/3 camera which costs $399. The new camera is a beast specs wise with up to 120fps 4k and full HD 1080p at 240fps. The codecs will be H.264 and H.265 at 10 bit but no RAW support so far which might be acceptable if the codec is clean enough and their promised Log Flat curve preserves the estimated 13.5 stops of dynamic range.
The camera is still being developed for a June 2018 estimated ship date. It lacks a back screen and relies on a Wifi or Gigabit Ethernet link to their dedicated control application. They intend to support iOS devices and or a PC client. No mention of Android support or Mac which should be included in order to maintain the widest compatibility. We feel lacking Android control is a big deal and should be promised in a future update. It is also unclear if the camera will be possible to use by using a touch screen field monitor which probably will not be the case. Using an iPhone or an iPad as the control interface is probably the best use case.
Z CAM E2 Main Specs:
- 4K @120fps, 10 bit color
- H.264 & H.265 (10 bit) Codec With Log Flat S-Curve.
- 4/3″ Sony CMOS sensor
- pixel size = 4.63m
- 13.5 Stops of Dynamic Range In Flat Log Profile.
- Micro Four Thirds lens mount
- Auto, Manual (ISO 100-6400)
- Gigabit Ethernet port for control setting & live streaming
- iOS app for control setting & live preview
- 4K @60fps HDMI 2.0
- 4K 60fps, 10bit
- 4K 60fps SDI 12G (optional accessory)
- Deep Learning Engine built in with SDK
- Global Shutter Option Planned
- MSRP $1,999.00
Z Cam E2 4K m43 camera with 4K 10bit 120fps by Personal View:
Frame Rate Options:
4096×2160 4k DCI @120fps/60fps/50fps/
3840×2160 4k UHD @120fps/60fps/50fps/
1920×1080 Full HD @240fps/120fps/60fps/
There are no image samples of the camera aside from snippets in their NAB 2018 Booth demo which shows a deep learning algorithm that can be programmed to recognize people or objects in real time which may prove to be a very useful tool for surveillance, research laboratories, and educational object recognition programming. It may also be used to control AF with compatible micro 4/3 mounted electronic lenses to keep diverse objects in focus as the camera moves.
Z Cam E2 4K 120fps Cinematic Camera First Look | NAB 2018 by CreatorUp!: