Black Friday may be well and truly over, but there are still a lot of sales going on and we’re well into the Holiday Season now. Have you already got your loved one (or yourself) that perfect gift? If not, here are some options for you. This is the first of our 2019 gift guides, and we’re going to start with cameras. These are some of the new cameras that have come out over the last year as well as some of the steadfast favourites that we’ve used throughout the year.
When it comes to cameras, Z-Cam feels like the new kid on the block. Before NAB earlier this year, nobody had heard of them, and now they seem to be everywhere. Recently, they announced three new flagship cameras, the E2-S6 6K, E2-F6 6K and E2-F8 8K so we stopped by their stand at IBC 2019 to find out more about them.
Z-Cam was pretty much unheard of until relatively recently, but they made quite a big splash at NAB earlier this year. They had a pretty sizeable stand offering up some pretty big promises for the filmmaking industry with a set of 4K, 6K and 8K cameras. The 4K Z-Cam E2C was announced just over a week ago, and now the company has followed through with their full-frame E2 F6 and E2 F8 models, capable of shooting 6K and 8K respectively.
They’re both pretty bare-bones, boxy-looking cameras sold with no accessories. But when you consider that they’re priced at $5K and $6K each, with both available in either EF or PL lens mounts, one can hardly expect much more than they’re already offering.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K made some pretty big waves when it was announced last year. And given its current high demand, there seems to be no shortage of customers for such a low budget camera. Especially one with such capability. So, it’s not much of a surprise that other manufacturers want to muscle in on that market.
Z-Cam is one such company. They’ve just announced their new E2C camera. A 4K cinema camera, which may very well be the smallest and least expensive on the market right now. And while it doesn’t shoot ProRes or raw video (yet?) it does look like a fairly impressive unit for the price.
We all love the GoPro for a variety of reasons. But, one major drawback of the well-known action cam is a sacrifice on quality due to it’s sensor size. Oh, and you’re kinda stuck with the stock the fisheye-like lens.
Z Camera is looking to give GoPro a run for their money with the introduction of the E1, the world’s smallest micro 4/3 camera with interchangeable lenses and 4K video. Although it hasn’t yet hit mass production, this feat of photographic engineering is shaping up to be fun!