Zacuto is being talked about for several of their newly introduced products, but the Gratical HD EVF is certainly the most impressive one.
Jens gave me some details on the new, extremely compact OLED viewfinder that was presented as a prototype at NAB. It sports a resolution of 1280×1024 which is not too far away from full HD. The aspect ratio is 4:3 which they used to conveniently display all data and histogram information below the camera picture.
The OLED panel gives you very good contrast ratio and colours and the glass they implemented allows for an ideal viewing of the entire screen and had a great field of view.
There are inputs for hdmi as well as 3G-SDI allowing the input of 4K signals and it has cross conversion between the two making it convenient to be used on setups with different input types.
The Gratical HD will be available in October and is targeted at professionals with a price point of $3000.
They will also have a lower resolution version which will be called Gratical LT (1024×768) which will come in at $1500.
Another new product Jens was showing to us was the VCT Universal Baseplate that is an extremely flat dovetail plate with an included gel shoulder pad.
I was especially fond of this product as it allows for a very quick adjustment and perfectly balanced position of the camera which I’ve been recommending for years. Great design and looking forward to this essential rig piece.