ZEISS ZX1 - Full-Frame Fixed Lens Camera Now Available for Preorder
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Two years after its announcement at Photokina 2018, ZEISS appears to be about to deliver its compact 37.4-megapixel full-frame camera: the ZEISS ZX1. This camera comes with an Android operating system, a fixed ZEISS Distagon T * 35 mm 1: 2 lens and can be pre-ordered now at a premium price of USD 6,000.00. Let's take a closer look!

ZEISS ZX1 – Better late than never

Two years ago, during Photokina 2018, we saw a prototype of the ZEISS ZX1 for the first time. Below is a video we made during the fair, if you'd like to remember.

Photokina 2020 was supposed to take place in May 2020, and it's easy to believe that ZEISS would announce the launch of the camera at that time.

The question we can ask ourselves now is simple: does this compact full-frame camera still make sense today?

ZEISS ZX1 functions

The ZEISS ZX1 is a compact camera – 142 x 93 x 66 mm (5.6 x 3.7 x 2.6 inches) with a weight of 800 g (1.76 lb) with battery – with a 37.4 MP full image -CMOS sensor. It can record still images at up to 3 frames per second. For photographers, a leaf shutter design offers flash synchronization at all shutter speeds and enables quiet shots. There is a top hot shoe that is compatible with the Sigma TTL flash protocol.

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The camera has a built-in ZEISS Distagon T * 35 mm 1: 2 lens. There is no doubt that the image quality corresponds to ZEISS 'reputation for producing high quality and very sharp lenses. The optical design consists of eight elements in five groups with two double-sided aspherical elements to reduce spherical aberrations and minimize distortion.

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The ZX1 has a sensitivity range of ISO 80-51200. As with competitors like the Leica Q2, there is, for example, a physical shutter speed and ISO control as well as a manual aperture ring on the lens. However, this does not mean that the camera is completely manual as there is a 255 area AF system. The AF system can operate in either single or continuous AF modes, as well as DMF and MF modes.

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On the back of the camera there is an electronic 0.7-inch OLED viewfinder with FullHD resolution and 0.74x magnification. Under the viewfinder is a 4.34-inch LCD touchscreen on the back with a resolution of 1280 x 720 338ppi. You can use this touchscreen to navigate the menu and edit your photos (more on that later).

For filmmakers, the ZEISS ZX1 may not be the most exciting camera out there. In fact, only 4K videos can be recorded at 30p and 1080P at a maximum of 60 frames per second. There is a microphone and headphone jack, a built-in microphone and a USB Type-C port for connecting an external monitor or for turning on / charging the camera.

As you can see, the ZEISS ZX1 has minimal input / output connections. The camera does not have any memory card slots as it records everything on its internal 512GB storage. The concept behind the ZEISS ZX1 is more about shooting / editing / dividing.

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Shoot, edit, share

The ZEISS ZX1 is powered by an Android operating system. It has built-in Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The main idea is to take, edit and share your photos / videos in the camera.

In fact, the camera has built-in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC software that allows you to edit your images right on the camera. The software allows you to adjust all of your traditional RAW parameters. Once you are happy with your editing, you can share it right from your smartphone to share on social media. If you want to edit your pictures further, you can sync the camera with Lightroom on your computer.

You can also use the USB Type-C connection to back up the camera to an external hard drive. You can back up your cameras to a cloud storage service and even to your NAS.

As you get it, the ZEISS ZX1 is a camera primarily intended to be used without a computer, but you still have the option of connecting it to your computer.

Price and availability

The ZEISS ZX1 can now be pre-ordered from B&H at an unbelievable price of USD 6,000.00. There is currently no information about a shipping date.

At this price point, the ZEISS ZX1 is one of the most expensive compact cameras on the market and even $ 1,000 more than the Leica Q2.

What do you think of the ZEISS ZX1? Do you still use compact cameras? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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