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NAB 2019: Zacuto Shows Off Versatile Kameleon EVF

4K input and 1080P viewing

During NAB 2019 PVC talked to Zacuto about their latest Electronic Viewfinder, the Kameleon and how it fits within their realm of EVFs.  One of the features we learned, at least the short of it, was this, the Kameleon EVF can take a 4K input and make it work for an HD EVF. In some cameras, you have one choice for output and that is either HD or 4K. If you are sending a 4K signal to video village then you may be stuck with a 4K signal to send to your EVF. The Kameleon EVF makes that 4K viewable for you.

The new Kameleon has a slightly more camera-friendly shape than Zacuto’s Gratical HD and is longer than the Gratical Eye EVF. Like Zacuto’s other two EVFs, the Kameleon EVF can work on damn near any camera with an HDMI or SDI output. Now, the Kameleon is not a replacement of the Gratical HD or Gratical Eye. It is a third option for shooters looking to pick up a great camera agnostic EVF. Check out the Zacuto’s Facebook live Kameleon EVF announcement below.

Zacuto

Like the Zacuto Gratical Eye, the Kameleon EVF does not have a dedicated battery slot. Power to the Kameleon EVF will need to come from the camera or camera battery via a USB-C power input, a 4-pin Lemo connector, or a D-Tap connection from a Gold Mount or V-Mount Battery Plate or from the D-Tap on the battery itself.

For those older shooters who need reading glasses to see up close, the Kameleon EVF has the option to drop in a +1, +2, +3, or +4 extreme correction in the diopter. As I get older, I see options like this very helpful. No longer can I operate a camera with a monitor inches from my face.

The Kameleon EVF has many of those much loved Zacuto features like drop-in diopters I just mentioned, anti-fog protection, and auto-closing eyecup to keep the screen from burning in the sun. The new Kameleon EVF can handle 4K inputs and includes 3D LUT support.

To mount the Kameleon EVF Zacuto placed Arri Rosettes on each side of the EVF body. Zacuto will shop the Kameleon EVF in March as a price of $1950.00

Zacuto

Zacuto has a great trade in going on too. Trade-in any electronic viewfinder from any manufacturer and Zacuto give you up to $1000 credit towards a new Zacuto EVF. Here are the details.

  • Trade-in value will be determined upon receiving and left to Zacuto discretion
  • The Product must be in working condition.
  • Trade-in credit must be used towards the purchase of a Zacuto EVF. Cannot be transferred to cash
  • All shipping fees are customer responsibility.
  • Trade-ins valid through June 2019

Zacuto

Kameleon EVF

  • Micro-OLED Display
  • Contrast Ratio
    10,000:1
  • Screen Dimension
    0.71” diagonal
  • Color Depth
    24 bit RGB
  • Pixel Info
    3103 PPI
    6.5 million pixels
  • Resolution
    1920x1080p
  • Refresh Rate
    60Hz
  • Luminance
    150-250 cd/m^2

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Brian Hallett, is an award winning cameraman, editor, and producer. He has shot everything from Network broadcast news, promotional image campaigns, music videos, short films, and documentaries. Check out his reel at hallett-brian.com

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