Is this camera company the first casualty of the US-China trade war?

Is this camera company the first casualty of the US-China trade war?
(Image credit: Z Cam)

Chinese camera manufacturer Z Cam could be the first casualty of the ongoing US-China trade war, with reports of a "huge train-wreck" taking place as the company struggles for survival. 

You may not have heard of Z Cam, but it is a remarkable "little engine that could" in a camera industry dominated by giants. The manufacturer's line of versatile cinema cameras, built around everything from Micro Four Thirds mounts and sensors to Canon EF and Super35 versions, are well regarded among cinematographers for their adaptability.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.