4K cameras aren’t uncommon these days, but size is always a factor, especially when talking about cinema cameras. So to see the “world’s smallest 4K cam” evolve is something to document. So we interviewed Alan Chen of Z Cam as he talked about their new camera, the Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinematic Camera.
It has been 4 years since the smallest 4K camera in the world, the E1. Z Cam is back with their new successor the E2 4K cinematic Camera. The new E2 has many new features not least is FULL ISO app support, built in WiFi and Ethernet cable and a huge battery promising at least 3 hours of filming.
The Z CAM E2 Professional 4K Cinematic Camera shoots DCI and UHD 4K at up to 120 fps, as well as HD up to 240 fps, and records to a CFast 2.0 card (not included). An optional cable enables syncing two E2 cameras together, and the system supports syncing up to 100 cameras. The camera features a 4/3″ sensor with 10-bit color support and nominal 13 stops of dynamic range with 16 stops when set to WDR. The camera supports recording in ProRes 422 in 10-bit, as well as H.265 and H.264 codecs for efficient compressing of your image.
An included Gigabit connector provides data transfer and control of the camera, and you can also use an available iOS app to control the camera and to view a live image preview. You can also control it locally by the buttons along the front edge of the camera. The camera powers from an L-series battery (not included) or via the included AC adapter.
4K Capture and Recording
Unburdened by a recording time limit, you can record DCI/UHD 4K at up to 120 fps or 1080p at up to 240 fps, for up to the limit of your recording media’s capacity
Triple native ISO 80 / 160 / 800
13 stops of dynamic range using ZLog, and 16 stops of dynamic range in WDR mode
Built in multi-frame noise reduction technology to produce clean footage
H.265 (10-bit color) internal recording on CFast 2.0 card
10-bit ProRes recording in 422 HQ, 422, 422 LT, and 422 Proxy is supported
Video output through HDMI 2.0 is supported (up to DCI 4K @ 60 fps, 10-bit color, YUV 422)
Full metal housing for efficient heat dissipation
Interfaces and Expandability
USB Type-C port for live view and control via iOS device with Z Camera app installed
The USB Type-C port can also be used for external SSD recording
Ethernet port for live view, control, and file transfer to browser or computer running Z CAM software
HTTP API and SDK are also available
COM (RS232) port supports UART protocol
LANC port for remote control including power on/off
Pixel-level multicamera sync can be achieved for up to 100 devices—requires optional cable(s)
Z Camera is a mobile application for camera live preview and control through Wi-Fi/USB cable connection. It allows you to start/stop recording and adjust the camera settings remotely, and also has advanced features on camera live preview. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
Made from aluminum for strength and heat dissipation
Nine threaded mounting holes around the outside chassis
Sensor plane marking for accurate distance measurements
Powers from included AC/DC adapter or optional L-series batteries