Z Cam opens up their budget full-frame 6K and 8K cinema cameras for pre-order
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.
Both models feature Gigabit ethernet for both remote control and live streaming, ZRAW support, contain full-frame sensors, 5G and 802.11n WiFi with support for an external antenna. They also both contain a built-in stereo microphone, but also include 3.5mm stereo audio-in as well as audio-out sockets, HDMI 2.0 Type A, USB Type-C, two serial ports and a solid aluminium build.
The Z-Cam E2-F6 is capable of shooting 6K footage at up to 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 frames per second with 15 stops of dynamic range and 8-bit h.254 or 10-bit h.265. The E2-F8, on the other hand, shoots 4K, 6K or 8K at up to 30 frames per second with a slightly lower 14 stops of dynamic range. And they store that footage onto CFast 2.0 media at up to 300Mbps for all resolutions.
Both cameras have a dual native ISO of 400/2500 and offer an ISO range from 400 up to 125,000. The E2-F8 measures in at 91.2 x 99.2 x 99.1mm while the E2 F6 comes in at a very slightly smaller 91.2 x 99.2 x 89.1mm without a lens. The weights of the two units have not yet been published. Both can be powered from Sony L series compatible batteries or via 12v DC input with LEMO connector.
They’re interesting looking cameras, especially given that they are both full-frame. They both mention “ZRAW” support, although neither of them actually shoots raw video files – at least, not yet. Personally, given the recent Pocket 6K release, and the possibility of giving it a full-frame-ish field of view, I’d hold off on ordering one of these until they do.
Both units are available to pre-order now with the E2-F6 at $4,995 and the E2-F8 at $5,995. Delivery is expected in October. If you want to find out more about the cameras, you can check the E2-F6 and E2-F8 pages on the Z-Cam website.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.