Z CAM E2 Firmware Update: RAW Over HDMI + Atomos Adds RAW Support

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The Z CAM E2 series of cameras is getting a firmware upgrade that adds RAW output over HDMI as well as some new features and resolves some bug fixes.

Atomos has also announced that it will be adding 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW at up to 4K60p support for the E2 cameras in an upcoming firmware update for their Ninja V monitor/recorder.

Z CAM E2 Cameras firmware ver. 0.95

Release notes:

  • IMPORTANT: It’s not possible to rollback to previous firmware releases once upgraded to 0.95
  • Only possible to upgrade through camera settings: Menu -> System -> Version
Download the firmware update from the Z CAM website

Added Features and Updates

Z CAM E2 FW ver.0.95

Features Added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Multicam co-exposure aperture setting sync

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Multicam master camera AWB one button push to set
  • Performance optimization
  • Other minor bug fixes
Z CAM E2C FW ver.0.95

Features added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Denoise Off/Weak/Medium
  • Refined shadow area saturation

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Performance optimization
  • Other minor bug fixes
Z CAM E2G FW ver.0.95

Features added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Multicam co-exposure aperture setting sync
  • Resolution 2880×2160 30fps
  • Denoise Off/Weak/Medium
  • Refined shadow area saturation

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Multicam master camera AWB one button push to set
  • 23.98 & 50 project fps exposure issue
  • Performance optimization
  • Other minor bug fixes
Z CAM E2-S6 FW ver.0.95

Features added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Programmable button for eND quick setting & auto
  • Low jello mode in C5K/5K/C4K/4K/4K 2.4:1
  • 2.8K 120fps (2868×1512)

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Performance optimization.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
Z CAM E2-F6 FW ver.0.95

Features added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Programmable button for eND quick setting & auto
  • Supports ISO auto

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Performance optimization.
  • Other minor bug fixes.
Z CAM E2-F8 FW ver.0.95

Features added:

  • RAW output over HDMI
  • File name display on HDMI when OSD is ON
  • Audio track left/right gain setting adjustable
  • Hot pixel algorithm improved for high ISO
  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate
  • Maximum ISO refined for Z-Log2
  • Programmable button for eND quick setting & auto
  • Noise performance improved for high frame rate & high ISO

Bug fixes:

  • In camera playback audio video sync issue
  • Performance optimization.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Atomos Announces 12-Bit Apple ProRes RAW Support for Z CAM E2 Cameras (Available June 2020)

The upcoming (free) firmware update from Atomos, will allow the Ninja V to record ProRes RAW HQ/ProRes RAW at up to 4K60P from the HDMI port of the E2.

Atomos and Z CAM have also announced the development of touch-screen camera control for any E2 camera with the use of a dedicated Atomos control cable (sold separately).

Atomos says that “for extreme reliability and affordability” footage will recorded to the Ninja V using AtomX SSD mini SATA drives, or other approved SSD media.

Shot on Z CAM E2 + Ninja V in ProRes RAW: ‘Walk on the wild side’ by Ludeman Productions

Note: This film was shot on pre-production firmware. The feature will be available in the Atomos Ninja V via a free AtomOS update expected June 2020.

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