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Part 5 - Electronic Viewfinders

Part 1 of 4 - LCD Viewfinder Loupes
Part 2 of 4 - Follow Focus Units (x)
Part 3 of 4 - Mobile / Shoulder Supports
Part 4 of 4 - Steadicams / Stabilizers
Part 5 of 5 - Electronic Viewfinders (X)
Part 6 of 6 - The Gear in my Bag

It's been over a year since DSLR filmmaking was forever changed thanks to the introduction of LCD viewfinder loupes. These non-electronic optical devices allowed us to use the camera's rear LCD screen as a viewfinder thanks to the optical magnification found in these loupes. Despite the huge advantages that these loupes provide there are times when moving the display off camera is needed. Until now this meant using an external monitor. External monitors have their own set of advantages but are also bulky, battery hungry, and difficult to see in bright conditions.

Zacuto and Redrock Micro are trying to solve the problems of the LCD Loupe and external monitor by introducing the off-camera electronic viewfinder. While their approaches are very different, their goal is the same - to allow the placement of a pro-level electronic viewfinder where the photographer needs it and not be tied down to configuration restrictions.

Zacuto Z-Finder EVF ($775)

acuto is changing the game again! We are transforming the form factor of DSLR cameras for video use with our Z-Finder EVF. The Z-Finder EVF is a 3.2" high resolution monitor that will be used in conjunction with all the Z-Finder models. The Z-Finder EVF allows you to operate the DSLR camera with the correct form factor for video with the camera "in-line" to your rod system (the most stable way) and your eye in the Z-Finder EVF. This is the way all film cameras and ENG video cameras were operated and we, at Zacuto, believe this should be the way DSLR cameras should be operated. It will enhance the stability, give you better resolution, allow you to get your eye where it most comfortably needs to be, enable low mode shooting, have your EVF in the back of a dolly or crane, detached from the rig for car shots and more.


  • Actual 16x9 screen
  • 800x480 resolution
  • .087 dot pitch
  • Focus Assist
  • False Color Exposure Assist
  • HDMI loop through
  • Operates off Canon LP-E6 Camera battery (1/2 day power)
  • Includes a hot shoe mount or optional articulating arm kit.
  • Can mount to other manufacturer's rig (RedRock, Cinevate, Letus, etc.) via 1/4 20 screw, 15mm rod or articulating arm
  • All Z-Finder models snap on and off the EVF and can be used interchangeably between the camera screen or EVF screen
  • Includes Zacuto designed right-angled HDMI cable
  • Professional grade construction
  • 12 volt external power
Zacuto Z-Finder EVF 3.2" monitor has higher resolution than DSLR LCD screens. These screens have a resolution of 640×480 on a 3:2 aspect ratio screen. Therefore, you only effectively see the resolution at 640×360 in 16×9. The Zacuto Z-Finder EVF monitor resolution is a true 800×480 making the resolution 56% greater than the on-board DSLR camera screens. The Zacuto monitor also has a tighter dot pitch which also improves the quality, making you see a much tighter pixel pattern.

The Z-Finder EVF is currently in prototype stages. It will be available in February 2011 (limited supply) and we are estimating the price to be $775.00.

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Redrock Micro microEVF electronic viewfinder ($595)

The microEVF is the first electronic viewfinder designed from the ground up specifically for HDSLR cameras. The microEVF is not just a bulky repurposed LCD monitor: It is designed specifically for the needs of HDSLR emphasizing compact lightweight design, superior power consumption, and incredible affordability.

The popularity of HDSLRs such as the Canon 5D MKII for video and motion photography has skyrocketed in recent years, but the camera body is not ideal for video. The first generation of solutions for monitoring currently available –attaching an optical viewfinder to the back of the camera's LCD screen –severely limit placement of the viewfinder and camera body and eliminate possibility of using additional monitors for camera assistants or directors. The new Redrock microEVF is an external electronic viewfinder that connects to the camera body and can be placed anywhere for maximum comfort and stability, and can be part of a multi-monitoring solution. The microEVF uses a custom made state-of-the-art backlit LED fitted in an attractive, ergonomic housing.

The microEVF is not limited to HDSLR cameras: it can be used on any video camera that provides HDMI output.

microEVF Features:

  • Compact, lightweight electronic viewfinder
  • High resolution full-color display – greater resolution than the rear LCD on Canon EOS camera bodies
  • Standard HDMI input connector
  • Built-in HDMI loop-through for supporting additional monitors
  • Fully coated optics
  • Adjustable focusing diopter
  • Can be used with left or right eye
  • Oversized soft rubber cinema-style eyecup
  • Industry-standard 15mm rod pin
  • Viewfinder infinitely positionable with Redrock support accessories, including "low mode"
  • Lightweight design requires minimal support - can be mounted from lower rails, top rails, or shoe-mounted rails
  • Compatible with any HDSLR or videocamera that provides HDMI out (5D MKII, 7D, T2i, 1D MKIV, Nikon D3s, Nikon D3100, Nikon D7000, Panasonic AF100, etc.)

Part 1 of 3 - LCD Viewfinder Loupes
Part 2 of 3 - Follow Focus Units
Part 3 of 3 - Mobile / Shoulder Supports
Part 4 of 4 - Steadicams / Stabilizers
Part 5 of 5 - Electronic Viewfinders (X)
Part 6 of 6 - The Gear in my Bag

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