January 18, 2015

Could Your EVF Survive Being Run Over By a Car? Zacuto's Gratical HD Can

You might have some durable gear of your own, but to test just how strong their new Gratical HD Micro OLED EVF is, Zacuto has run it through a number of torture tests.

While plastic gear may not stand up to a ton of abuse, the Gratical (like a decent amount of high-end gear), is made of a metal alloy (in this case magnesium). If you've been looking to get one, the $2,900 pre-order is still going on until the end of January, so you can save nearly $1K off the $3,800 retail price just by pre-ordering. 

So with that out of the way, here's the car test:

And the drop test:

While you may be switching out cameras often, you want something like this EVF to last a while, and it's clear from the tests above that it can handle quite a bit. When you're paying almost $3,000 (or close to $4K retail), this is how I would expect a piece of gear to perform under stress, but it's nice to see the company actually showing us in a real-world test. 

We've also got a terrific review from Philip Bloom if you're wondering how the EVF performs:

For more on the Gratical, check out our previous posts, or head on over to B&H    

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Impressive, but a little ridiculous. I'm no expert, but I don't think that the full 3400 lbs was pressing on the EVF when the car drove over it, since the other wheels were still on the ground. It's still a lot of weight though.

January 19, 2015 at 10:45AM

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Franky Hill
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So that makes it an Overpriced EVF that a car can run over and it still works... simple.

January 19, 2015 at 3:22PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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I remember they had an interesting idea that the Gratical could connect to a cameras proprietary evf connection in order to display their built in overlays. Is that still a goal or was it scrapped?

January 19, 2015 at 4:25PM, Edited January 19, 4:25PM

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Matthew Emmanuel
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I'm also surprised of the lack of a DC power port. Even the alphatron has one. Dummy batteries are eh.

January 19, 2015 at 9:42PM

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Matthew Emmanuel
Camera Operator
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That'll depend on the various camera manufacturers...I'm guessing that Zacuto is down with the idea, but perhaps the camera manufacturers are not, at least at this point.

I think most manufacturers are trying to stick to the proprietary model as long as they can.

January 27, 2015 at 5:51PM

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Daniel Mimura
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