Welcome to Z Systems

Z Systems is a Twin Cities based provider of solutions for the pro video community. By eliminating the technical headaches of video production, we fuel the creativity of editors, broadcasters, production artists, and field shooters. We are authorized resellers for the top brands such as Avid, Apple, Sony, Panasonic, Canon, AJA, Blackmagic Design, Digital Rapids, Telestream and many other manufacturers. We offer a full suite of video equipment rental, sales, design, consultation, installation, training, repair, and maintenance services to our customers.

α7S II – 4K low-light ISO comparison movie

Sony a7S II low light comparison

This video demonstrates the α7S II ‘s spectacular sensitivity — up to ISO 409600*, with wide dynamic range. Capturing your vision requires superior sensitivity to reveal the subtle nuances of a situation. With enhanced imaging of ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600* and extra-wide dynamic … Continue reading

Project Spotlight – Cache-A Rebuild

Cache-a rebuild

When a customer brought us a non-functioning piece of hardware that had been discontinued, with no parts available, we rebuilt it to a working state. We had a piece of hardware, called a Cache-A, come in from a customer recently. It was non-functioning, and the … Continue reading

New Product Spotlight: Manfrotto Slider

manfrotto slider

Manfrotto Sliders and Manfrotto Slider Systems are part of the core professional videographer and photographer offering. These products enable professional image makers to easily add extra creative value to their work with a portable and high quality solution that’s quick and simple to set up. … Continue reading

Odyssey7Q+ To Support Sony PXW-FS5 Camera

Odyssey 7Q+ and Sony FS5

Convergent Design announced full support of the new Sony PXW-FS5 camera. The two companies have worked to provide compatibility between the Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder and the new camera. No other monitor/recorder offers this level of integration. Upon initial release in November, the FS5 will output QFHD … Continue reading

Sony F55 Rental Now Available


Z Systems is happy to announce that we are adding the Sony PMW-F55 to our lineup of rental cameras. The F55 brings true professional cinema capabilities to the game, along with proven Sony quality. The F55 uses the same color science that is found in … Continue reading

Sony a7Sii – First Look


Sony announced several new cameras today at IBC in Amsterdam.  Among them is the Sony a7Sii mirrorless DSLR.  The camera is the successor to the popular a7S.  The a7Sii retains the full frame 12.2 megapixel format of the original which made it an unparalleled low … Continue reading

Introducing the Sony PXW-FS5 4K Camcorder

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Sony Expands Large Sensor Camera Family with PXW-FS5 4K Compact Super35 Camcorder (via Sony Blog) Park Ridge, N.J., September 11, 2015 — Sony is expanding its line of large sensor 4K technologies with the PXW-FS5 compact Super 35mm camcorder. The new model rounds out Sony’s … Continue reading

Just Announced: Sony F55 and Sony F5 Firmware Update

Sony PMW-F55 Z Systems

We are excited to announce details of the upcoming Sony F55 and Sony F5 Firmware Update Version 7. Quick Menu Version 7 firmware features a significant update in the operator’s experience. Powerful features will now be easily accessible through an intuitive interface for fast and … Continue reading

September Rental Newsletter

Matthews Round-d-Round Dolly Seat and Seat Riser

Not a lot of new stuff going on in the rental department this month.  We are continuing to grow our knowledge base about the Sony a7Rii camera, which I still think is an exciting new tool.  And as always the FS7 continues to be a … Continue reading

Watch: Tiger Series Overview Video


Get an introduction to the advanced yet simple to use Tiger Series, a range of shared storage workflow solutions that enable end-to-end pipelines for content-centric production. Easily share storage, manage users and workspaces, and backup and archive your material. Tiger Shared storage lets you use … Continue reading

Blackmagic Lowers Price on Blackmagic Studio Camera

Blackmagic studio camera

Optical fiber connection now optional Blackmagic Design has announced that it is lowering the price on its Blackmagic Studio Camera by making the camera’s optical fiber connection optional. This decision was based on customer feedback that said many were not using the optical fiber connection. … Continue reading