December 31, 2015

Super Tiny 4K Z Camera E1 is Now Shipping

Z Camera E1 Mini 4K Front Angle
We've previously written about the successfully crowdfunded GoPro-sized Z Camera E1, and now it's actually shipping. 

If you were in on the Kickstarter, you got a pretty good deal at $500, as the camera is now listed for $700. The E1 is marketed as an action camera replacement, but certainly there are other purposes for it, especially as something that you might be able to put in harm's way but still get good quality. Here's more on the 4K camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xkRDum_L_s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kZnLmyxoBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iiBoq9T5-k

Z Camera E1 Top and Side

And the specs:

  • 16MP CMOS Micro 4/3 Sensor with MFT Mount
  • 4096 x 2160 / 24 fps
  • 3840 x 2160 & 2880 x 2160 / 24, 25, 30 fps
  • 1920 x 1920 & 1920 x 1440  / 24, 25, 30 fps
  • 1920 x 1080 / 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 fps
  • 1280 x 720 / 50, 60, 240 fps
  • 840 x 480 / 25, 30 fps
  • Up to ISO 25,600
  • 60 Mbps (4K / UHD)
  • JPEG and RAW Photos
  • Up to 15 fps Burst Shooting at 16MP
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Remote Control
  • Continuous Autofocus System
  • 320 x 240 Rear LCD Screen
  • microSD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Weight: 8.9 oz, Body Only: 7.4 oz (210 g) Battery: 1.5 oz (42 g)
  • 2000mAh Battery & Charger Included
  • Price: $700 Body Only
Z Camera E1 Back

With a camera this small, it's obviously not going to have all of the features of a camera like the GH4, which has a similar-sized sensor, but better bitrate and better recording options, not to mention a higher resolution screen. If you're looking for a GoPro with better quality, better low-light, and more lens options, this might be something to look at. As far as an everyday camera, however, you might be better off with something like a Panasonic GH4 for only a little more money, and only a bit more size. 

Z Camera E1 Side and Back

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60mbps in 4k is shite.
people are not willing to spend on incremental updates anymore.
Wow us.

January 1, 2016 at 3:05PM

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cee dee
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It's the megapixel wars all over again. 4k will get *some* people excited regardless of how bad everything else is.

January 3, 2016 at 6:22AM, Edited January 3, 6:23AM

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Open source the operating system. They'll sell.

January 1, 2016 at 11:24PM, Edited January 1, 11:24PM

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Vidrazor
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Video quality is terrible video like.
Reminds me on GoPro.

January 2, 2016 at 7:08AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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I ordered one as soon as they showed up at B&H and promptly returned it. I disagree on the image quality. In daylight, image quality was excellent, miles better than GoPro. However, the noise in even moderate low light was unacceptable. CAF was also poor. GREAT build quality and GoPro-like menu system and app. The upside is that these guys have shown that you can get larger than a puny GoPro sensor in this form factor. So maybe others will follow. I'd settle for even a 1" in this size for now.

January 7, 2016 at 1:35PM

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GH3's and 4's are absolute crap in low light. Fine in daylight or indoor with a good fill and a flat profile, but I hate them in low light. Not sure why anyone would want this, or the low end Black Magic, as they're both producing FPN from hell in low light. I'd stick with a 5D or a 7D.

January 7, 2016 at 3:14PM

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if this camera can shoot 240fps on 720p. Why panasonic cant do that on their lumix G7?!

sorry for my bad english.

February 26, 2016 at 10:09PM, Edited February 26, 10:09PM

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Randy Rakhman
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