GoPro’s tiny new rival boasts interchangeable lenses

The E1 is a small Micro Four Thirds camera that shoots 4K video and fit a variety of lenses.
The E1 is a small Micro Four Thirds camera that shoots 4K video and fit a variety of lenses.
Photo: Z

The E1 camera is so small, there is barely any room on the body for its two-character name.

This is only a slight exaggeration for the slight camera with large ambitions and an impressive list of specs that could make it legitimate competition for GoPro, the reigning king of the Point of View camera market.

Startup camera company Z says its E1 is the world’s smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K video camera with interchangeable lenses.

Wingsuit through this tiny rock formation at high speed

Uli Emanuele aims for the tiny opening of this rock formation in Switzerland.
Uli Emanuele aims for the tiny opening of this rock formation in Switzerland.
Photo: Uli Emanuele/GoPro/YouTube

The difference in Uli Emanuele’s latest wingsuit flight and a thread going the eye of a needle is that if it misses, the thread gets a do-over.

So to tell you that Emanuele’s shot through a small opening in a rock formation in Switzerland was successful shouldn’t spoil the video. You will cringe and scoot tensely to the edge of your seat.

Emanuele’s jump, filmed with GoPro cameras mounted to his chest and helmet, was posted to YouTube on July 1 and already is approaching 3 million views.

21 places to stick your GoPro. And no, not there.

Drinking water becomes a spectator event when a GoPro camera is placed at the bottom of a bottle. Photo: Burger Fiction/YouTube
Drinking water becomes a spectator event when a GoPro camera is placed at the bottom of a bottle. Photo: Burger Fiction/YouTube

We all know how exciting a GoPro camera can make our lives look. Mount one to the end of a surfboard, on the handlebars of a mountain bike or to the helmet of a wingsuit diver and the viewer can get a similar stomach-churning thrill.

But what if extreme sports are not on the day’s agenda? Can GoPro make loading the dishwasher or drinking bottled water exciting?

The filmmakers for YouTube channel Burger Fiction set out to challenge our point of view by mounting a GoPro in 21 random places. And behold, there’s an extreme side to such random events as a woman reaching into her purse or a child reaching into a toy box.

King Kong ain’t got nothing on this drone-fighting chimp

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This chimp did not appreciate being filmed by a drone and took Kong-trol by knocking it out of the air. Photo: Royal Burgers Zoo
This chimp did not appreciate being filmed by a drone and took Kong-trol by knocking it out of the air. Photo: Royal Burgers Zoo

You would have thought King Kong taught us never to fly too close to primates.

Like the giant silver screen ape swatting fighter planes out of the air, a chimpanzee at the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands defended its habitat with a long stick to knock down a camera-carrying drone flying over its habitat.

The GoPro camera survived the crash and managed to record everything, from the stick-wielding chimp making a ferocious face as it made a direct hit to the quadrocopter to the crash aftermath of the curious chimps looking into the camera before it destroyed the drone.