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Z CAM EVF Electronic Viewfinder

Z Cam EVF

Z Cam has released a new EVF that is very competitively priced at $799 US. EVF’s are generally expensive making the Z Cam model a real potential bargain.

Main Features

Z Cam EVF 4
  • Resolution: 1440×1440
  • Wireless
  • HDR
  • Built-in LUTs
  • Built-in exposure tools
  • Adjustable diopter
  • HDMI / SDI input
  • Diopter range of -8 too +4
CVP

The EVF is fairly compact at 174.5 x 76.3 x 73.3mm. The diopter adds some length to it. It’s powered externally with a Lemo connector on the back. No onboard battery is available like the Zacuto Gratical HD has. This might be an issue if you are not using a larger battery with a D-tap output on it.

Z Cam EVF 2

The shortcut and menu buttons are on the side. They look to have raised lettering on them to make it easy to find the button when operating. On the back is a full-size HDMI and SDI inputs as well as USB for loading Luts and firmware updates. It’s good to see that Z Cam included an on/off switch as other EVF’s don’t have one and require the power cable to be disconnected to shut it off. This is not good as if you forget to unplug your camera battery will likely be dead when you resume shooting. It’s the little things that make our lives easier.

Z Cam EVF on cam 3

Z Cam EVF Specifications

LCD Resolution1440 x 1440
Size2.89″
FOV49.3º
Diopter range-8 to +4
HDMIInput Video resolution up to UHD 30fps
SDIInput Video resolution up to 1080p 60fps
USB (Type A)Load user defined LUTs
Mounting OptionMetric Rosette with 1/4″-20 screw thread
Input colour depth10-bit
Exposure toolsZebra, False color, Waveform, Histogram, Vectorscope,
Frame line, Center mark, Safe area.
Other toolsFocus peaking, magnifier
Built-in LUTsSelectable LUTs & user-defined LUTs
AntennaDual antenna system
WiFi band5GHz
HDRSupported
Power Input2-pin LEMO
Power Consumption5.5W (maximum)
LxWxH174.5 x 76.3 x 73.3mm (approximately)
Net weight612.6 gram (approximately)

WiFi

Z Cam EVF with wiFi

A fresh idea on the EVF is the built-in WiFi to monitor the image from the camera with the Z Cam app. I like using my iPhone to control and make changes to E2 settings. Especially the autofocus one-shot feature by tapping the screen on what you want to focus on.

The WiFi connection will be able to stream 10bit HDR signals to the App, Monitor, PC, or Mac. It can do live streaming to a server as well. Z Cam also plans to add receiving streams to the EVF in the future.

I’m not sure if the latency will be high and a bit distracting to use, however, the ability to give others a live view from the EVF is pretty darn cool.

Z Cam EVF on cam 2

The new Z Cam EVF sits at a very competitive price point especially since it looks like it’s geared towards professionals with the SDI and powering configuration. Below is a comparison of other popular EVF options on the market.

EVFResolutionScreenWeightPrice
Z Cam EVF1440 x 1440LCD612 g$799
Zacuto Gratical HD1280 x 1024OLED567 g$1,999
Zacuto Gratical Eye1280 x 1024OLED397 g$1,450
Cineroid EVF4RVW960 x 640Retina LCD400 g$845
Zacuto Kameleon1920 x 1080OLED567 g$1,950
Portkeys OEYE1920 x 1080OLED400 g$1,199
BMD URSA EVF1920 x 1080OLED1066 g$1,495

This is a pre-release and is available for preorder from CVP and will soon be available from US retailers in September. Again, with the entry price of $799 it just might be a go-to EVF for the budget-minded filmmaker.

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