Zacuto's New Gratical X EVF Offers The Same High Quality Display at Half the Price
At NAB this year, Zacuto showed off a new EVF, a stripped down and more affordable version their popular Gratical HD. That EVF is here, and it's called the Gratical X.
In essence, the Gratical X packs the same optical punch as its bigger brother, as it sports the same high quality micro OLED display with 5.4 million pixels. Plus the Gratical X still has the same connections (HDMI and SDI), as well as the same absurd build quality (watch the Gratical get run over by a car).
Where the two Gratical models differ significantly, however, is in their firmware and software features. Whereas the HD model features every software feature that Zacuto can throw at it, and there are tons of them, the Gratical X comes completely stripped of internal software features, and it allows users to purchase them a la carte from the Zacuto website.
Here's an excellent breakdown of how it all works.
And here are the basic specs of the Gratical X:
- 0.61" OLED EVF
- 24-Bit RGB 1280 x 720 Resolution
- Four Programmable Buttons
- Built-In -1 to +4 Diopter Adjustment
- ARRI Rosette & 1/4"-20 Mounting
- Powers from Included LP-E6 Battery
- Price: $1650
And here are the extra features that you can purchase from Zacuto and load onto the Gratical X:
- Custom Scaling/User Presets
- Zebra Stripes - Customize width, color, thresholds
- Waveform (3D)
- Histogram (RGB, Luma)
- Audio Meters
- LUT import and editing
- Red Line Peaking (multi-color)
- False Color
- Frame Store Feature
- HDMI output
- SDI output
- Cross Conversion - HDMI to HD-SDI, independent LUT on output stream
All of these additional features range in price from $85 to $200, with most falling somewhere in the middle. Like they mentioned in the video, once you purchase a handful of these extra software features, you're in the same price-range as the HD model. At that point, you've spent the same amount of money, but instead of having all of the software features on the HD, you're limited to the ones you've bought. Essentially, this thing is really only cost effective if you don't plan on loading it up with extras.
But that's where the Gratical X really shines. For people who want a top-of-the-line OLED EVF, but don't plan on buying Zacuto's software, either because they don't need it or because they're content to use the features that are built into their camera, the Gratical X is probably the best option out there. Of course, there are still cheaper LED options if you're on a tight budget, but these Gratical OLED screens are really something to behold.
The Gratical X is currently available for pre-order on B&H, and it's expected to begin shipping by the end of July.