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A Visual History of the Zacuto Z-Finder and Electronic Viewfinders

It's been nearly 10 years since the very first version of our Z-Finder was created. Wow! For many people, our name, Zacuto, is practically synonymous with 'Z-Finder'. Not a week goes by we don't get a call from a new filmmaker saying, "So I bought a DSLR and my friend told me I should get a Zacuto?!"


"The Z-Finder was one of those rare pivotal products that was part of industry history. The DSLR revolution would not have been complete without it, and it helped that movement happen. - Jens Bogehegn, Zacuto Product Designer

Zacuto Viewfinders - from Z-Finder to EVF to Gratical

It was the popularity of the Z-Finder Pro that enabled us to expand our R&D department into electronics. And thus the Z-Finder EVF was born. The incredible growth of EVF technology over the past few years has been all-consuming and a genuinely fun ride for our design team. And we can't wait to see what comes next. Our line of Gratical EVFs would not be possible without the advent of micro-OLED technology. That's what gives us screens as tiny as our pinky nail! a visual history of zacuto zfinders and electronic viewfinders 

Z-Finder Viewfinders

The original! Our Z-Finder viewfinders cut out extraneous light, act as a point of stability, most include diopters to aid with any eyesight issues, and act as a focusing aid - particularly helpful when working with the shallow depth-of-field of a DSLR. All our Z-Finder Pro models and accessories can be found here. We offer models for DSLRs, BMPCC, Canon C100 and C300, and the Sony FS5 and FS7.

Gratical EVFs

Electronic viewfinders are a pivotal tool in any filmmakers bag, providing accessibility, stability, focusability, and so much more. All units start with a 5.4 million pixel micro-OLED display, high quality precision optics with a built in diopter, and a powerful FPGA dual core processor. Click here to compare out Gratical HD, Gratical X, and Gratical Eye micro-OLED electronic viewfinders and find the model that's best for you.

The Zacuto Story

Learn more about how Zacuto began, our first product line, the designers and design process, and what the future might hold for Zacuto in our video, The Zacuto Story. #withmycamera
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