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Zeiss ZX1 camera now available for pre-order for $6,000



The Zeiss ZX1 camera is finally available for pre-order for $6,000 (the ZX1 was announced in September 2018). The camera has a 37.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor and comes with a Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/2 lens, leaf shutter, and 0.74x OLED viewfinder. The price is significantly higher than its main competitor – the well respected Leica Q2 that is currently selling for $5,000. Here are the full technical details:

  • Full-frame 37.4MP CMOS sensor enables recording high-resolution stills at up to 3 fps and 4K30p video, along with a sensitivity range of ISO 80-51200.
  • Built-in ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/2 lens has been perfectly matched to the sensor in order to provide edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination. The optical design incorporates two double-sided aspherical elements, which help to reduce spherical aberrations and minimize distortion. Additionally, the bright f/2 maximum aperture is suitable for low-light shooting and also offers increased control over depth of field.
  • Leaf shutter design provides flash sync at all shutter speeds and allows for especially quiet shooting.
  • A 255-area AF system is available, and can be used in conjunction with single-shot or continuous AF modes, or DMF and MF modes can also be used.
  • Physical shutter speed and ISO dials, along with a manual aperture ring on the lens, afford direct, intuitive control over exposure settings.
  • High-resolution 0.7″ OLED electronic viewfinder has a Full HD resolution along with a 0.74x magnification for clear, bright viewing.
  • Rear LCD incorporates a side tool bar for quick switching between four distinct camera modes.
  • Microphone and headphone jacks can be used for enhanced audio recording and audio monitoring while recording video.
  • Top hot shoe is compatible with the Sigma TTL flash protocol.
  • Based on a large, 4.34″ rear LCD screen, on-the-fly image editing is possible. The HD (1280 x 720) screen has a 338 ppi resolution and is touch-sensitive for intuitive navigation and editing control. The spacious screen is also the perfect place for in-depth review of your imagery while out shooting.
  • The distinct shape of the camera body, which has a bend in the middle, allows for an easy-to-find groove in the screen where the touch-sensitive tool bar is located.
  • Integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC allows for thorough editing capabilities directly on the camera. This sophisticated software lets you adjust everything from exposure and color to making selective edits or syncing your edits to Lightroom CC on your computer.
  • A wide range of sharing capabilities are possible, including both wireless and wired means to help you quickly and efficiently get your photos out to the world.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity let you seamlessly share images directly from the camera to a linked device.
  • USB Type-C interface can be used to port images directly to an external hard drive, share a live view of the camera to an additional screen, or an external battery pack can be used to power and charge the internal battery.
  • Integrated 512GB SSD allows for storing a huge amount of photo and movie files without the need to swap memory cards. On the camera, files can be organized into different collections for easier navigation.
  • Wireless connectivity lets you upload your files to cloud storage services directly from the camera.
  • Automatic backups are possible to your own NAS system and remote access to the files is also available from wherever you are.
  • Firmware updated can be downloaded and installed or updates over-the-air are also possible.

Thanks for the tip MH!

Pixels Effective: 37.4 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 7488 x 4992
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full-Frame
Image File Format DNG, JPEG
Focal Length 35mm
Maximum Aperture f/2
Minimum Aperture f/22
Focus Range Normal
11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
Optical Design 8 Elements in 5 Groups
Filter Size 52 mm
ISO Sensitivity 80 to 51200
Shutter Speed Mechanical Shutter
1/8000 to 30 Seconds
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Continuous Shooting Up to 3 fps at 37.4 MP
Recording Modes MP4
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p
Video Encoding NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Diopter Adjustment -3 to +3
Size 4.34″
Display Type Fixed Touchscreen LCD
Built-In Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory Card Slot None
Internal Memory 512 GB
Connectivity 3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, USB Type-C
Wireless Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
GPS No
Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3190 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.6 x 3.7 x 2.6″ / 142 x 93 x 66 mm
Weight 1.76 lb / 800 g (Body with Battery)