Zacuto Kameleon EVF Announced – 1080p Resolution, HDMI & SDI, Lemo Power Input

March 13th, 2019
Zacuto Kameleon EVF Announced – 1080p Resolution, HDMI & SDI, Lemo Power Input

Zacuto has announced the Kameleon, a new Micro EVF featuring higher pixel density, Lemo power input as well as supporting both HDMI and SDI. (This product was previously sold as JTZ Kameleon X01K)

EDIT: Zacuto contacted us and gave us the following additional information: The top says it was previously sold as JTZ. That isn’t accurate- it’s not the same product because the Kameleon is redesigned quite a bit and improved over the test preproduction run that was known as the X01K. We made lots of software changes, optic improvements, Zacuto’s anti-fog, eyecup and much more.

Zacuto has been in the Electronic View Finder (EVF) game for some years now. Previous to this announcement they had three in their line – The Gratical HD, Gratical X and Gratical Eye.

The new Kameleon breaks naming convention, sharing features from both the Gratical Eye and Gratical HD.

The Kameleon 1920X1080p display is the highest pixel count yet from Zacuto. With a screen resolution of 3103 PPI/ 6.5 million pixels versus 2687/5.4 to all Gratical models.

It still has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1, 60Hz refresh rate and 24-bit RGB color depth.

The suggested retail price of $1950 puts it right inline with the current price of the Gratical Eye, the major featuring difference being the additional HDMI port (that accepts 4K).

The Kameleon is new in ergonomics, closest in size to the Gratical Eye, mostly down to the fact it does not account for a battery solution (Like the Gratical HD/X), a 4-pin Lemo powers the Kameleon with a voltage range of 7-20V.

The inclusion of a HDMI port will likely be the most significant feature – this was removed for the Gratical Eye, but unlike the 4-ports (SDI in/out, HDMI in/out) found on the Gratical HD, the Kameleon features one SDI and one HDMI.

Also added is a USB-C port.

A joystick plus 4 hot-keys on the top controls the Zacuto menu system, hosting multiple features for exposure & focus assistance, as well as anamorphic squeezes, frame line, custom scaling audio meters and 1D & 3S LUT imports.

Other physical features include a diopter ring plus additional drop in diopters, anti-fog lens, auto-closing eyecups and an ARRI rosette on both sides for mounting.

To sum this all up, the Zacuto Kameleon comes with an improved pixel density screen, sitting a little under the Gratical HD by losing the battery solution and extra HDMI and SDI ports, but gains HDMI and USC-C on the Gratical Eye whilst maintaining it’s price point.

What do you think about the Zacuto Kameleon EVF? Are you in the market for a new viewfinder? What do you think of their Gratical products?

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 Mandy Rogers
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March 14th, 2019
 Ari Kirschenbaum
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March 14th, 2019

I’m sorry but there are two leagues of equipment now, super professional primo name brand like Arri (who APPARENTLY still botched their latest evf?) and everything else. So this is super-overpriced to me.
I would love to hear from someone who bought/buys one, or similar and the reasons they chose this solution over the sea of others.

 Mandy Rogers
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March 14th, 2019

What are the sea of other OLED EVFs? I know of RED, Canon, Arri, & Sony which are all more expensive- like $8K for Arri, $4k for RED, $6K for Canon.

Paul Golden
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March 15th, 2019
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 Mandy Rogers
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March 13th, 2019

Hi All, Mandy Rogers, VP of Sales & Marketing here from Zacuto.

We were supposed to go live today to announce the Kameleon EVF, answer all of these questions (plus more) and explain the JTZ partnership but #Facebookdown and wrecked our plan! We still plan on going live tomorrow or Friday dependent on when Facebook is back up and running. We welcome you all to join us and ask these questions!

It is not a secret that we partnered with JTZ to bring the Kameleon to market…Kameleon EVF ‘Powered by JTZ’ but this is not just a JTZ X01K rebranded Zacuto. We partnered with them and worked on many changes including software features, optic improvements, anti-fog, and much more to the unit. We are now the exclusive worldwide distributor of the Kameleon EVF.

We will answer all of these questions and hopefully many more on our live show. Once we have the live show scheduled, I will post a link here for you all to join us!

Thank you all for your support!

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March 14th, 2019
Reply to  Mandy Rogers

Thank you Mandy for taking the time to clear things up.

David Adler
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March 13th, 2019

If you look closely at the branding on the back of the Zacuto EVF, it says “Powered by JTZ”. There isn’t much to clear up, in that regard. Also, because the Amazon sale page is no longer available, presumably, Zacuto has some sort of exclusivity on distribution, at least in the US. It’s a similar situation with the Hawk-Woods Gripper batteries.

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March 13th, 2019
Reply to  David Adler

David, when you are right, you are right! I wish they were a bit clearer with that in their publication as one might think it is an original Zacuto product.
Thank you!

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March 13th, 2019
Reply to  Johnnie Behiri

I completely agree. What’s even more interesting is how Zacuto might have to reconcile their previous marketing regarding the Gratical, claiming that 720p is all one would need to accurately determine sharp focus, even with 4K acquisition. It confuses me that Zacuto would rather go with this product from JTZ rather than updating their current hardware to support 4K input over HDMI. My guess is that there are a lot of hardware and software hurdles to overcome with 4K, making it cost or time-prohibitive to add this development while keeping the Gratical’s feature set.

Pedro Hofmann
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March 13th, 2019

finally they come up with a new version, but still the “Zacuto pricing” for a new housing but I guess the same inside. With the current Zacuto viewfinders you cannot even see the whole picture. Cable mess – agree.
I would wait as in April I am sure we will see the first products with Sony´s new micro oled viewfinder, which is in a much higher resolution. I guess there will be cheaper and more special viewfinders this year – finally/hopefully. Maybe for less than half the price. just my 2 cents ;-)

RobBlasey
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March 13th, 2019

mmh curious … it is exactly the viewfinder from JTZ that was sold over amazon and facebook last year. It is even the background image on the upcomming JTZ.com website now. Awesome (chinese) product though …
Mason: You could check out the two or three reviews on youtube of the JTZ X01K – Tom Antos made one. No mess whatsoever

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March 13th, 2019
Reply to  RobBlasey

Indeed! Was just about to update our article. It is a re-branded JTZ Kameleon X01K

Eric Jankstrom
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March 13th, 2019

Does it have power on/off? Love the @Zacuto gratical eye but crazy that you can’t shut it off.

Clay Mason
Clay Mason
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March 13th, 2019

I like that in the promotional build photo they didn’t even both to do a cable run because with sdi and lemo ports on the bottom of the EVF it’s going to be a complete mess.

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