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Best 4K 60 fps Cinema Camera under $2,500? A Fun Comparison between the Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K, Panasonic GH5 and GH5s, and the Z CAM E2

By Sareesh

This article is a comparison of the specifications of the following low budget 4K cameras under $2,500 that shoots 60 fps or more:

Important: Some of the information is unverified. Some are just rumors. Therefore, don’t take this comparison seriously. Don’t take the prices or the specifications seriously either. For accurate information please consult manufacturers’ websites and data. Don’t take any decisions based on this comparison.

The basics

Let’s start with the camera bodies:

Camera Price of body What you get Warranty Notes
GH5 $1,998 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder 12 Could have added V-Log
GH5s $2,498 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder, BNC cable 12 N/A
Pocket Camera 4K $1,295 DaVinci Resolve Studio ($299), AC Power supply, dust cap 12 Could have added a battery
Z CAM E2 $1,999 Unknown 12 Huge price jump from the E1

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K (Amazon, B&H) is definitely looking good here. Not only is it the cheapest, but you also get the full version of Davinci Resolve ($299). But we’re just getting started.

Comparison of sensors

Here’s how the camera sensors compare:

Camera Sensor Size (mm) Native Aspect Ratio Maximum Resolution ISO Range Notes
GH5 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4992 x 3744 200-25600 18% larger sensor
GH5s 4:3 4096 x 2160 160-51200 (Dual Native) Best low light
Pocket Camera 4K 18.96 x 10 mm 1.89:1 4096 x 2160 Up to 25600 (Dual Native) UHD might be cropped to 17.7 x 10mm
Z CAM E2 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4096 x 2160 100-6400

The Pocket Camera 4K is slightly wider, which is good. But on the other hand, the other cameras have a native 4:3 sensor so it gives you extra options. With the GH5, you can almost shoot in 5K in 4:3 mode, which is a great advantage.

The GH5S has great low light ability, which is its USP. The Pocket Camera 4K also has dual native ISO, though it → continue…

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