It’s been two years since Zeiss announced ZX1, a full-frame Android-powered camera. The announcement was followed by a lot of questions, and it looks like all of them will be answered at last, since the Zeiss ZX1 has finally become available for preorders.
The initial camera announcement from 2018 was soon followed by a hands-on, but there was no news about it until 2019. Still, it took another year for the ZX1 to become officially available for preorders. There are several things that make this camera intriguing, and one of them is certainly built-in Lightroom CC. You can make both global and local edits in-camera, and they will sync automatically with Lightroom CC on your computer. It’s Android-powered, and apparently, it was made to let you shoot, edit, and share photos straight from your camera.
The Zeiss the ZX1 packs a full-frame 37.4MP CMOS sensor. It lets you shoot up to 3 fps in burst mode and 4K30p video. The ISO ranges between 80 and 51200, and the camera is paired with ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/2 prime lens.
Here are the specs and a few more photos:
|Pixels||Effective: 37.4 Megapixel|
|Maximum Resolution||7488 x 4992|
|Aspect Ratio||1970-01-01 03:02:00|
|Image File Format||DNG, JPEG|
|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|
|UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97p|
|Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 59.94p|
|Audio Recording||Built-In Microphone (Stereo)|
|External Microphone Input|
|Viewfinder and Monitor|
|Diopter Adjustment||-3 to +3|
|Display Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe|
|Memory Card Slot||None|
|Internal Memory||512 GB|
|Connectivity||3.5mm Headphone, 3.5mm Microphone, USB Type-C|
|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)|
The Zeiss ZX1 will set you back $6,000. It’s finally ready for preorders and you can get it here, although the exact shipping date is not known yet. Of course, we’ll update the article when we know more, so stay tuned.
Update 29 October 2020: the Zeiss ZX1 is now available for preorders and it should start shipping soon. Take a quick look at the camera: