The Z Сam has announced a new and more affordable model among its 4K ZCAM E2 series cinema cameras – Z Сam E2-M4 Micro Four Thirds. The new movie camera is not a very simplified version of the older model E2, to which the E2-M4 is practically inferior in characteristics.
New Z Camera received an MFT mount, support for 4K video recording, 12-bit ProRes RAW output via HDMI when connecting an external Atomos recorder. At the same time, the camera can write a 10 bit 4K video to internal memory. At the same time, the youngest and most affordable model E2-M4 has limited capabilities with synchronization with other cameras in the line.
In addition, one of the features of the new Z Cam E2-M4 housing is a user-replaceable lens mount. The camera comes with an MFT lens mount and can be optionally equipped with an EF, PL, or M lens mount. The main advantage of the Z Cam EF and PL mounts is that they support the installation of an electronic ND filter.
In addition to the EF and PL mount options with the eND filter, Z Cam also offers to install the TurboMount (in this case, eND cannot be installed). It is not yet clear how exactly this adapter will work, however, according to the company, TurboMount will operate on the principle of SpeedBooster adapters – it will increase the amount of light entering the matrix and reduce the crop factor.
The difference between TurboMount and Speed Booster is that the development from Z Cam is attached to the camera as a mount, and not as an adapter. According to Kinson Loo, Z Cam’s CEO: “The TurboMount will come for the E2-M4 (later also for the E2-S6) and it should provide full control of EF lenses.” There is a possibility that it will have a Positive Lock EF mount (an optional Positive-lock EF Mount, which allows you to fix the lens more tightly and minimize backlash).
In addition, the Z Cam has also announced that all cameras in the E2 series will soon support live broadcasts of RTMP, RTMPS, and SRT. This feature includes streaming to Facebook and YouTube without using a computer.
Price and availability
The Z Camera has decided to set a reasonable price for the new Z Сam E2-M4 Micro Four Thirds 4K cinema camera – it can be pre-ordered for $1,499 via the Bhphotovideo.com store.
In addition, the B&H Photo store has also lowered the price tag for previous models, including the flagship Z CAM E2-S6 Super 35 6K Cinema Camera now can be purchased for $2,499, which is almost $500 cheaper than the older price.
You can now also buy a new Z CAM Interchangeable Lens Mount for E2 series for $99 at the Bhphotovideo.com store for PL, M, and MFT mounts.
If you’re looking for the extra accessories for your Z Cam E2 cameras, 8Sinn has also announced the various accessories for the E2 flagships including Cage, Cage kit with Pro top handle, Cage kit with Scorpio top handle v2, and more at the Bhphotovideo.com online store.