GoPro is not the only company out there planning and churning out millions in the compact camera segment. A company named Z with their product E1, which they claimed to be the smallest interchangeable lens camera is all set to enter in the same domain. As we know that GoPro has been a great compact companion for the adventurers. Apart from the adventurers, other people have also shown a great interest in it due to its compact nature, but somehow it has not been able to impress that segment to a great extent, and that may be due to its limitations of form factor.
- For the later segment of people, Z has a better solution, and that is this compact camera E1, build on a micro four-thirds platform. Founded in 2013, Z has been working really hard to master this new segment of micro four-thirds and the result is this smallest interchangeable lens camera which is claimed to be the smallest to be able to shoot 4K Ultra HD video
- This compact E1 features Ambarella A9 which is the same chipset that powers GoPro Hero 4 Silver, capable of capturing 4096x 2160 videos at 24 frames per second or 3840×2160 at 30 frames per second at H.264 compression
- It comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and also has advanced 3D noise filters which use the MCTF (Motion Compensated Temporal Filtering) technology that helps in reducing image noise
- The camera comes with a non removable 2,200 mAH battery which can power the device for 45 minutes if you shoot at 4K and Wifi is enabled, if the WiFi is disabled and the record time increases to 80 minutes. The camera comes with two batteries in the box
Which lenses work with it?
Unlike other compact camera like the GoPro Hero 4, this camera works with any micro four-thirds lens such as the ones from Leica, Sigma, Olympus, Panasonic or Lumix. Although compatible, the lenses are heavier and it will result in an unbalanced combination. But to overcome that there are some great options available in the market such as the Olympus M.Zuiko 75mm f/1.8 and Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens. These would be compatible as well as compliment the camera. The camera also comes with a tripod in order to hold off the lenses that are heavier than the device itself.
What are the trade offs?
The only trade off immediately noticeable is the 2.5 Inch LCD screen, carrying a low resolution of 320×240.
Development and Delivery
The project was set to raise $42,000 on the Kickstarter and it has already raised $163,000 in pledges where 25 days are still to go. This shows how promising the product seems to be to the customers and business leaders. So in case you are planning to buy one for yourself, be ready to shed off $599 for the body and which does not include the lens. The delivery is expected to begin in November 2015.