ZCam E2 is another option in the budget and small cinema cameras with a lot of great features such as 4K at 160fps and 10bit video.
Watch my video review to see samples of the footage
Like any camera the ZCam E2 is not perfect. It’s got some good things about it and some bad. Here is my list of each of the points
– It’s small
– Very light, only 757g or 1.6lbs
– 2 native ISOs at 500 and 2500
– USB-C connection which allows to record to external SSD’s
– M43’s mount
– It uses the Sony NP’s Batteries
– Shoot up to 4K 160fps
– Records ProRes and H.265
The camera can also record Z-Raw which is usless I found and too much of a hassle to work with for not much added benefit.
The ZCam E2 can also do 240fps in HD but the quality of that is horrendous. Lot’s of moire and sharpening artifacts. Another thing that is bad is the wide dynamic range mode. It can be used for locked off shots with not a lot of motion, otherwise you will see weird edge artifacts.
– No monitor
– Navigating the menu and switching the settings is slow
– The built quality of the buttons is bad
– Lowlight performance is not the best
– The door for the CFast card slot is horrible to open
– It’s small but at the same time it’s not designed well for handheld use.
A lot of these problems can be fixed if you rig this camera up like I did. The Portkeys touch screen monitor allows you to switch the camera settings much faster. The Metabones Speedbooster adapter adds extra light sensitivity to this camera. Also the side handle and smallrig cage make this camera a lot better to work with when handheld plus then you don’t have to deal with the annoying CFast Card door.
Here are some of the accessories I use with my ZCam E2 camera:
➡Best Battery for ZCam and Monitor
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➡SmallRig Side Handle with SSD Mount
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➡Metabones T Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter
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➡Portkeys BM5 Touch Screen Monitor
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