Am I switching to the ZCam E2?

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

You can get the ZCam E2 here:
B&H https://bhpho.to/2TfYT2A
Adorama https://adorama.rfvk.net/Xj7My
Amazon https://amzn.to/37ZC4V0
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2uGJE8C

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

Good
– 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.

Bad
– 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
Amazon https://amzn.to/2FHZIZY
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/36LmX1h
Amazon Germany https://amzn.to/36KzZvH
eBay https://ebay.to/37ZU7KF

➡Small Rig Cage for ZCam E2
Amazon https://amzn.to/2NdpIR9
Amazon Germany https://amzn.to/2sfRwNl
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2Rm3EFl
B&H https://bhpho.to/3a15NP9
eBay https://ebay.to/2Njq8FL

➡SmallRig Side Handle with SSD Mount
Amazon https://amzn.to/2LSxCR1
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2SK1aR8
Amazon France https://amzn.to/2YbzB9z
B&H https://bhpho.to/2KbggLE
Adorama https://adorama.rfvk.net/5G5q9
eBay https://ebay.to/2Yoa8oj

➡Metabones T Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter
B&H https://bhpho.to/2Ceh5j0
Amazon https://amzn.to/2NKUD6x
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2Nz1D7F
Amazon Germany https://amzn.to/30fBZJS
Adorama https://adorama.rfvk.net/DG7jj
eBay https://ebay.to/35F6rOU

➡Portkeys BM5 Touch Screen Monitor
B&H https://bhpho.to/2tQEGph
Amazon https://amzn.to/2FUg8yF
Amazon UK https://amzn.to/2FITARc
Amazon Germany https://amzn.to/35KihXZ
Adorama https://adorama.rfvk.net/QLkPP
eBay https://ebay.to/2FKaE9y

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