Without a doubt, mobile filmmaking is popular with amateur and pro filmmakers. Many feel the smartphone will replace the mirrorless camera sooner than later. Zacuto wants to tap into this market and produce a few accessories that turn the mobile phone into a more usable device. The Zacuto Smart Z-Finder & Accessories for Smartphone Filmmaking is the new product that will come to market soon with a Kickstarter campaign.
This is the first Kickstarter campaign for Zacuto. The new Smart Z-Finder for iPhones and phones with similar-sized screens plus the rigs to use it. The Smart Z-Finder targets Professional Filmmakers, prosumers, and enthusiasts, including YouTubers, corporate, event shooters, news, and bloggers.
A cool feature is it has a door on the bottom that allows access to the iPhone touchscreen. This means you could make settings changes easily without having to take the Smart Z Finder off.
iPhones and smartphones of similar size. Safe to say the best case will be an iPhone.
The hood and loupe design lock light, glare, and reflection to improve your image capture, while antifogging technology keeps the viewfinder clear in cold or humid conditions.
The diopter can be adjusted to suit your vision
A half cage-type bridge with a hand strap supports your phone and the viewfinder, improving stability and providing a cold shoe mount and multiple 1/4″-20 accessory threads.
The Smart Z Finder will come in three configurations or can be built to achieve them. A director’s viewfinder, Cinematogrpgher, and stand-alone without any grip setup. Like all Zacuto gear, it will be expandable.
Pricing and Availability
You can reserve now for $1 and be one of the first to receive 40% off $499 MSRP! and pay $299 for a Smart Z-Finder, a savings of $200 when they launch soon on Kickstarter. Change your mind? Zacuto offers a full refund for the early bird special.
With all crowdfunding products, you play at your own risk; however, Zacuto is a reputable, well-known brand, so that should be considered. You can also preorder from B&H.