Lens-swapping, GoPro-sized camera? Where do we sign up?


There’s not a whole lot of innovation taking place in the camera industry. A lot of refinements to be sure, but drastic changes are thin on the ground. But one company is hoping to make interchangeable-lens cameras a lot more versatile. And smaller. A whole lot smaller.

Kickstarter is playing host to a campaign that will give (some) backers, and the world at large, a camera with the footprint of a GoPro but with lens-hopping capabilities that will see people slotting in lenses from the likes of Olympus, Leica, Panasonic and others.

The camera is called the E1 and it’s tiny. Its magnesium housing measures just 75.2 x 56.1 x 27.5mm, not including the micro four thirds mount that allows it to sample lenses from all over. That’s puny enough to be tucked away in the palm of your hand but the E1’s creators, Z Camera, say that the shrunk snapper is capable of shooting 4K video at 24fps. UHD (3,840 x 2,160) video can be captured at 30fps.

The E1 uses an Ambarella A9 image processor and the cam comes fitted with WiFi and Bluetooth access as well as remote app control. So you could, with the right lens setup, use the E1 to shoot video or stills from a drone in addition to toting it around for some larger lenses for easily-transported high-end photography.

The campaign is still running but it’s hit its goal already. If you’re in the market for an early E1 of your very own, you’ll have to drop at least $600 (R7,450) backing it. The first units are expected to ship to backers in November this year.

Source: Kickstarter


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