The E1 by Z, the World's Smallest 4K Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Camera

A company known as Z in China has launched a Kickstarter Campaign that is seeking funds to produce the E1, what they're referring to as the world's smallest Micro Four Thirds Camera with Interchangeable lenses that can shoot 4K Video.

e1web.jpegZ states that the the E1 will have Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and use an Ambarella A9  processor that allows capturing of 4K 4096x2160 video at 24 frames per second or ultra-high definition UHD 3840x2160 video at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression.  The camera will use advanced 3D noise filters with motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF ) technology to reduce noise and jitter.   

e1_dimensions.pngZ  has already developed iOS and Android Applications that give users of the E1 the ability to control the camera using a wide range of smartphones and tablets, and will also provide a Software Development Kit that allows creative developers to do even more with the camera.

Z says that the E1 will retail for  $699 in a body-only configuration, and will also be available in a Kit with a 14mm f/2.5 Lens for $999.

Z has already received over $186,000 of pledges towards a goal of only $42,000, with 25 days to go on their funding campaign, as you can see at the Kickstarter page for the E1 by Z here:

The company has also setup a website with more information, including sample images and videos from the E1.   You can visit that web site here:

Below you can see the specs of the camera (including weight), as well as the press release about the E1 from Z.



Introducing the E1 Camera from Z: World's Smallest Interchangeable Lens Ultra-High Definition 4K Camera

Interchangeable lens and micro four-thirds sensor, the E1 Camera by Z captures incredible high-quality footage, whether mounted on a drone or operated manually

LAS VEGAS - (7/20/15) - E1 Camera, the world's newest entry into the 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) camera market from new digital imaging startup "Z", recently launched on Kickstarter. The E1 features a micro four-thirds (MFT) sensor and interchangeable lens system compatible with most MFT lenses, as well as one of the most advanced autofocus systems available today.

"After spending years in the camera industry, I realized that most companies are much more interested in cutting costs of their current products than investing in developing new ones and listening to what people want," said Jason Zhang, engineer and creator.

Launch & Availability - "Z" is looking to raise $42,000 over the course of the company's active 30-day Kickstarter campaign. However, the company is utilizing the crowdfunding platform more as a way to take pre-orders and introduce both the brand and the product to consumers, as well as gain valuable market insight concerning this form-factor and future features.

Once the Kickstarter campaign has been completed, the E1 (body only) will retail for $699 as well as in a kit with a 14mm (f/2.5) lens for $999, however the company will be offering perks for Kickstarter backers up to 40 percent off retail pricing (in limited quantities).

Unlike its competitors - The E1 camera features a unique interchangeable, Micro Four-Thirds lens mount, adaptable with the widest range of auto-focus (AF) lenses available from Olympus, Panasonic Lumix, Leica and Sigma, as well as a variety of existing manual-focus (MF) lenses. In lieu of bulky DSLRs, this camera will allow users to travel with their arsenal of lenses to capture the highest-quality footage possible, revolutionizing the quality of content consumers can produce and easily share.

The E1 is Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and Ambarella A9 image processor equipped. Easily capture cinema-quality 4K (4096x2160) video at 24 frames per second or ultra-high definition video (3840x2160) at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression. Advanced 3D noise filters using motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) technology reduces noise and jitter. This allows for incredible low-light performance with the camera's ability to shoot at up to 102,400 ISO while maintaining high image quality, up to 6400 ISO.

Connect & Control - Z's E1 is equipped with proprietary applications for iOS and Android, already available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. These apps provide the ability to control, live stream and manage content via their Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0-enabled devices. Users can leave the camera in standby mode and remotely power the E1, whether it's powered on or off, a feature not available with most other camera models. Once powered on, users can control and trigger the camera without physical contact. Additionally, this allows for easy download of photos or videos and sharing content, direct from a mobile device.

These features allow the camera to be an ideal solution for use during documentaries or live events. A videographer can mount the E1 from the ceiling prior to the event using a standard tripod mount accessory, provide a direct AC power source into the camera and avoid the need to physically access the camera in order to power it on. This is also a perfect solution for drone use so a drone pilot can remotely power the camera on only when needed without having to land the drone in order to set it up.

Software Development Kit - Advanced users can customize the functionality of the E1 through the open platform, I/O port and available software development kit (SDK), available in two levels in order to add or customize functionality.

About "Z"
Z revolutionizes the quality of content consumers will produce and share. Built with an interchangeable lens system, a micro four-thirds sensor and the most advanced autofocus technology, "Z" is a best-in-class camera that captures the highest-quality footage possible.