Holy specs sheet. Z Cam have just announced a series of modular E2 full frame cameras as well as more affordable Super 35mm and Micro Four Thirds versions. The latter is shipping now at B&H for just $1999 and shoots an impressive 120fps 4K to CFast card, 10bit internal no less. The larger sensor versions are due to hit the shelves in October 2019 and include the E2-S6 with Super 35mm 6K sensor costing $3995. Stepping up to $4995 gets you a 6K full frame sensor and a further $1000 upgrades to the mighty E2-F8 (8K from a full frame sensor).
The 4K full frame S1 is on my desk at EOSHD HQ and for the first time it’s the final released camera that is shipping to stores, with firmware version 1.0. I couldn’t offer any original files from my shoot in Barcelona as the firmware back then was version 0.7. So now’s your chance, if you’re wondering how good the initial 10bit codec is at just 72Mbit or how well it grades, to download my files and have a look for yourself…
Overlooked in the first articles about this camera is the 4K H.265 mode of the Panasonic S1. Similar to the Fuji X-T3, this will allow 10bit internal recording in HEVC with launch firmware version 1.0 – no need to wait for the paid 10bit update.
3840 x 2160 is available in 10bit at 24p, 25p and 30p with no crop – it is full frame.
The later paid update is for a higher bitrate 10bit 4:2:2 mode and V-LOG, but in the meantime 10bit H.265 provides the silky smooth colour of 10bit with HDR and much smaller file sizes.
On the Nikon Z7 how much difference does 10bit N-LOG make?
Is there a step up from the Canon EOS R when you record 10bit externally?
How does the Fuji X-T3 compare in F-LOG at 10bit internally?
All the questions and more I set out to answer here…