The ZEISS ZX1, announced about two years ago, is a fixed-lens camera — not a mirrorless camera. (Sorry Zeiss, mirrorless cameras allow for interchangeable lenses.) The ZX1 is trying a new concept that allows the photographer to shoot, edit and share all right in the ZX1, without needing a computer for editing or sharing. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is built-in and Zeiss is hoping the ZX1’s 4.3-inch multitouch display is large enough for precise post processing. There’s also enough internal memory to hold thousands of RAW and JPEG images.
The 512 GB internal memory to provide enough space for almost 7,000 RAW files or more than 50,000 JPGs. Multifunctional interfaces such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB-C ensure that users can connect nearly any conceivable peripheral device to the camera. At the same time, the camera’s software can be updated wirelessly, i.e. without needing to connect it to an external computer.
Innovative Camera Concept from ZEISS: Full-Frame and Full Connectivity for Creative Photography Workflow on the go
The ZEISS ZX1 is now available in the United States and Germany
- Hardware and software for a seamless creative process “Shoot. Edit. Share.”
- Newly developed ZEISS Distagon 35 mm lens with perfectly matched ZEISS sensor for maximum image quality – without any compromises in the photographic process
- Combination of new camera technology and Adobe Photoshop LightroomTM features built right in
- Multi-award-winning ergonomic design allows high photo and video quality and the intuitive photo editing and publishing of smartphones
Oberkochen, Germany | 29 October 2020 | ZEISS Consumer Products
The ZEISS ZX1 is now available at selected dealers in the United States and Germany. “The concept of the ZEISS ZX1 opens up new ways in digital and connected photography,” said Jörg Schmitz, Head of ZEISS Consumer Products on the sales start. “The ZEISS ZX1 combines the potential and superior image quality of a full-frame camera with the mobile experience and intuitive use of smartphones for photography.” The sales start has been long awaited in the community. “We have once again worked intensively on the overall workflow and the smooth integration of hardware and software and are convinced that it was worth the wait,” adds Schmitz.
Perfect for the Seamless Photography Workflow
A newly designed, built-in ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus is perfectly matched to the 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor developed by ZEISS. The lens and sensor work together to create true-to-life images of the highest quality over the entire image featuring the typical ZEISS look. The look is characterized by an exceptional image definition, natural colors and a 3D pop effect. The virtually silent shutter allows to fully focus on what’s happening in the shot and produce an image with a special atmosphere.
Discover Intuitive Image Editing
With its 4.3-inch multi-touch display, the ZEISS ZX1 allows photographers to professionally edit images directly on the camera. Using the Adobe Photoshop LightroomTM app built right into the camera, users can even professionally edit RAW images – with easy to use tools, sliders and presets. The ZEISS ZX1 comes with a free one-year Lightroom subscription including 1TB of cloud storage.
The visually clear user interface supports the user’s individual workflow by providing direct access to the most frequently used functions via the display. Thanks to the distinctive bend in the display, the camera fits more comfortably in the hand and is particularly easy to operate.
The minimalist design represents the new and ambitious concept of the ZEISS ZX1 and has already received several international design awards, even before the product started to ship.
Share and Save Images in an Intelligent and Connected Way
The selected images can be uploaded directly to the cloud or social media platforms – without needing to first transfer them to memory cards or other external devices. “The camera addresses users who are increasingly shaping the world of photography: ambitious amateurs and creative professionals who want to quickly and efficiently capture their images and post them online to delight their audience,” said Dr. Ulrich Wagemann, project manager for the ZEISS ZX1. “This requires a perfect workflow, and that’s why we are breaking new ground conceptually”.
The 512 GB internal memory provides enough space for almost 7,000 RAW files or more than 50,000 JPGs. Multifunctional interfaces such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB-C ensure that users can connect nearly any conceivable peripheral device to the camera. At the same time, the camera’s software can be updated wirelessly, i.e. without needing to connect it to an external computer.
Feedback from the First Users
The ZEISS ZX1 was tested by numerous photographers worldwide. Their feedback was continuously incorporated into the ongoing development of the camera concept. One of the first to test the ZEISS ZX1 was well-known music photographer and video director Greg Watermann. He describes his first experiences taking pictures of the streets of Miami Beach: “The image quality from the ZEISS sensor is really insane giving a level of detail much higher than I expected. And I love the lens – it responds just like any fast ZEISS 35 mm lens. The color is beautiful and detail separation in the highlights and the shadows is superb.”
Also Swedish photographer Hans Strand was among the first to use the full-format camera and describes his experiences of processing pictures on the device: “The details and color rendition is also in the JPEG format so good with this camera. When working on the RAW files, I try to make it look as nice as the JPEG from the camera. They can be used right away.”
Travel and street photography expert Csaba Desvari had the ZEISS ZX1 with him when he travelled through the streets of Manila: “The way this camera has been designed the minimal approach just works. It has a special vibe and the reduction to the essential invites to capture moments and use it again and again. Feels incredibly good in the hand.” When asked about the handling of the fixed lens, he said: “Sometimes life does not wait for the right equipment. Therefore, the fixed lens camera gives me the freedom to be only a photographer and disconnect from being a gadget guru, who changes hardware continuously.”
You will find the complete interviews and a selection of images here.
The ZEISS ZX1 is now available at selected dealers in Germany at a price of 6,000 euros incl. VAT. In the United States it is available at a price of 6.000 US-Dollars excl. tax. Orders are possible starting from now on. Further information is available here.
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