A new crowdfunding project has smashed its fundraising target in order to create a Micro Four Thirds camera that truly does fit in your pocket – with 4K video
One of the main draws of the Micro Four Thirds system has always been that it’s nice and small, hence the name. For photographers and videographers who won’t or can’t carry the weight of a DSLR and heavy lens, a Micro Four Thirds CSC is a great option.
The E1, however, takes things further. At 75.2 by 56.1 by 27.5mm it’s truly pocket sized, smaller than any of the Olympus or Panasonic cameras that are part of the system.
It’s officially part of the Micro Four Thirds system too – what this means in practical terms is that users will have access to the full range of lenses that fit Micro Four Thirds, manufactured by Olympus, Panasonic, Leica and Sigma.
This arsenal of glass should greatly expand the possibilities of the E1, and with a 16-megapixel sensor and an ISO range of up to 102,400 it should be capable of making the most of it.
What you’re waiting to hear about though of course is the video. The E1 will allow users to capture cinema-quality 4K 4096 x 2160 video at 24 frames per second, or ultra-high definition video 3840 x 2160 at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression.
It’s also equipped with advanced 3D noise filters using motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF ) technology, which should reduce noise and allow it to make the most of that hefty ISO range.
Build-wise, the E1 is constructed from a magensium alloy that’s designed to dissipate heat, which should reduce the overheating issues that can plague such small devices.
As you might expect, the E1 will be boasting a wealth of connectivity options. Its apps for iOS and Android are already available in their respective app stores, and will allow users to control the camera and set up livestreams via Wi-fi or Bluetooth.
The makers also suggest that the E1’s compact dimensions make it an ideal companion for drone photography. It also is equipped with a standard tripod mount.
The E1 is available on the Kickstarter page at a variety of reward tiers — the lowest amount you can pledge and still receive a camera is $449. Be fast though — the campaign won’t last forever and the units are being snapped up fast!