GoPro’s tiny new rival boasts interchangeable lenses

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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.

The E1 is too small to hold comfortable, but the 4K video shooter can be mounted anywhere.
The E1 is too small to hold comfortable, but the 4K video shooter can be mounted anywhere.
Photo: Z

It will need to be put through its paces before video shooters create space for it in their cases. But if a Kickstarter campaign with 23 days to go is any indication, there are plenty of shooters ready to try it out.

Z has raised nearly $222,000 in a campaign where it asked for $42,000. For $799, a backer can get an E1 with a 14 mm F2.5 Panasonic lens.

The camera is equipped with a 16-megapixel Panasonic sensor and can hold a variety of autofocus lenses from Olympus, Panasonic Lumic, Leica and Sigma.

A still photo made with the E1, which houses a 16-megapixel Panasonic sensor.
A still photo made with the E1, which houses a 16-megapixel Panasonic sensor.
Photo: Z

Z admits the camera is not designed for hand-held shooting, but serious video shooters will recognize new possibilities in mounting a small camera with any kind of lens in difficult places.

Some of its features of the E1 include:

  • 4K 4096×2160 video at 24 frames per second or ultra high-def at 3840×2160 at 30 frames per second. It has the ability to record at 102,400 ISO, low-light performance unheard of.
  • 3D noise filters that removes ghosting and blurring.
  • Continuous autofocus for stills and video.
  • An iOS and Android app that gives users an ability to compose shots, control the camera remotely and live stream content with Wif-Fi or Bluetooth devices.

The camera will begin shipping at the end of the year.