Putting full-frame sensors into smaller and smaller compact bodies is all the rage nowadays. Nikon did it with the Z5, Panasonic did it with the S5, and just last month Sony joined the crowd with the new A7C. After announcing its compact full-frame camera more than two years ago, Zeiss’ $6,000 ZX1 has finally become available for preorder online this week. Yes, you read that correctly: $6,000.
The ZX1 was originally billed as Zeiss’ first digital camera. Featuring a 37.4-MP full-frame sensor, Zeiss has managed to cram a lot pixels into a relatively sleek frame that measures just 2.6 inches thick (not including its lens) and weighs 1.76 pounds (body and battery). Strangely, unlike a lot of full-frame cameras (especially ones this expensive), the ZX1 also has a fixed 35mm f/2 lens. So while the ZX1 might
Zeiss’ ZX1 Android camera is now available on pre-order.
It was first announced in 2018.
The digital camera runs a custom version of Android.
We’ve seen Android phones cough up multiple camera systems for years now. What we haven’t seen in a while is a camera that runs Android. It’s not a new concept. Light’s 16-lens L16 camera was perhaps the last major Android-based camera to launch in 2017. We’ve also seen other companies experiment with the concept resulting in cameras like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, Galaxy NX, Yongnuo YN450, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. Now, Zeiss is launching one that costs a whopping $6,000.
The Zeiss ZX1 full-frame camera was first announced back in 2018 but is only now going on pre-order. It was spotted on B&H Photo by folks over at DP Review.
The compact camera is Zeiss’ first entry into the digital camera space and runs a
Zeiss’ full-frame compact ZX1 compact full-frame camera debuted in 2018 with built-in Lightroom CC and other unusual features, but we’ve barely heard a peep about it since. Now, the camera has suddenly gone on pre-order for $6,000 at B&H Photo, nearly two years after it was supposed to go on sale (via DPReview).
The ZX1 has high-end specs for a compact, including a 37.4-megapixel sensor, 35mm fixed Zeiss Distagon F/2 lens, 255 area autofocus (B&H Photo doesn’t specify which type) and a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel display. You can use the latter to run a version of Adobe Lightroom CC, though you’ll need a subscription if you want to share edited images to a desktop app, according to the Q&A. It also comes with a WiFi, Bluetooth and a USB Type-C interface so you can transfer and and upload your files to cloud services.
The Zeiss ZX1, a unique camera that was announced more than two years ago before the company essentially stopped talking about it, may actually be in customers’ hands at some point in the near future. As noted by DPReview, B&H Photo has sent out emails saying that it’s coming soon and is now available to preorder for $6,000. It was originally supposed to be released in early 2019.
Why would anyone pay $6,000 for the ZX1? Well, it wouldn’t be wise to order without at least waiting for hands-on impressions of the finished product, but it is fair to say that it’s a one-of-a-kind camera. It has a 37-megapixel full-frame sensor, a fixed 35mm f/2 lens, an electronic viewfinder, and three dials to control aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. More unusually, it has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and runs a variant of Android, including a built-in version of Adobe Lightroom