Incredibly close between these two. I have a Panasonic S1H with me at the moment, and am getting to know it. Meanwhile the Z-CAM, I had the briefest of hands-on at IBC and will be posting some footage from it. Both cameras are capable of 6K H.265 internal recording from a full frame sensor, and both are at the lower priced-end of the pro-cinema market.
I really do like the look of the Z-Cam E2. Reading Erik Naso’s very detailed review was an eye-opener. For a modular camera, it’s very forgiving in terms of bare bones shooting. You do need a cage and ideally an external EVF or monitor – but it runs off a small Sony NP camcorder battery and records internally at a very high spec – so you don’t need to add an expensive external recorder and heavy V-lock battery.
I’ve been rather impressed by the colour science on this camera as well. It has a certain Digital Bolex mojo to it. All the sample footage I’ve seen so far has been absolutely beautiful and cinematic.
For more details, check out the Z-Cam website.
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).