The Z CAM E2 4K Cinema Camera is an entry-level micro-4/3 sensor camera capable of ProRes and ZRAW recording that’s useful when budget and size restrictions are of the utmost importance. Key features include:
19 × 13mm, M43, CMOS sensor with 16-stop dynamic range
Records in ProRes 422 HQ, ZRAW, & 10-bit H.265 up to DCI 4K to CFast 2.0 media
Active M43 mount for compatibility with most Olympus and Panasonic lenses
Powered by common Sony L-series (NP-F) batteries
ProRes, ZRAW, & H.265 Recording. This camera can capture up to ProRes HQ, DCI 4K/30p and H.265, DCI 4K/120p to CFast 2.0 or USB Type C external drives. The sensor is Micro Four Thirds size and capable of 16-stops of dynamic range. With current firmware, you’ll also get Z RAW recording capabilities. It’s worth noting that side-by-side tests have shown negligible improvements compared to ProRes HQ. If you only plan on recording in H.265 at 4K/30p or less, you can save a few dollars with the Z CAM E2C.
Cheap & Small. Z Cam seems to have found their niche with entry-level cameras that are not much bigger than the lenses that will attach to them. That’s certainly the case with the Z Cam E2 4K Cinema Camera. Much like the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, the E2C is not much more than a sensor in a tiny box.
Wireless Control. While the Z Cam E2 does feature an LCD for interfacing, it doesn’t offer a live view option and on-board controls are limited by the small amount of real estate on the body itself. Fortunately, users can connect to the camera’s ad hoc Wi-Fi for direct control with the free Z Camera app on compatible iOS devices. Not an iOS user? Android users can still connect to the E2C’s Wi-Fi and control the camera through the less intuitive (and kinda clunky) web remote.
M43 Lens Mount. The E2 has an active Micro 4/3 lens mount with compatibility with a number of Olympus and Panasonic lenses (see the official list in the Resources column). Any manual lens with a MFT mount and coverage will work as well.
Powered by Sony L-Series Batteries, AC Adapter, or D-Tap. We include a Hawk-Woods DV-F590 L-Series Battery and charger with this rental but also include a d-tap cable for powering from larger cinema batteries or other sources with d-tap outputs (not included).
What is the Z Cam’s default password?
The default password is 12345678.
Once you’ve successfully connected to the Z Cam, launch a web browser and enter the following into the URL: http://10.98.33.1/www/index.html
There is an Android app released, but it's still in development, and a bit, shall we say, tempermental.
Built-In Stereo Microphone