Zeiss ZX1 – compact full-frame camera or photo computer?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the name ZX1 is some twisted reference to Konrad Zuse, who in 1941 built the first computer, since the ZX1 with its 35mm/2 lens and 512GB internal storage includes a fully functioning Adobe Lightroom CC that can be used via its 720p (bent!) rear touchscreen. Since the camera can update its own software over Wi-Fi, it can truly be considered a computer in its own right.


The camera has a 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor, shoots full resolution at 3fps or 4k video at 30fps, and offers enough space for 6,800 RAW images or 50,000 JPEGs, which it can connect to an external USB drive to offload. The viewfinder is based around a 1080p (aka FullHD) OLED panel with 0.74x magnification.

Teaser video below:

Compared to one close competitor, the Leica Q, it lacks image stabilisation. It will be available in early 2019.


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