Zeiss Breaks into the Digital Camera Market with the ZX1

Welcome to the club Zeiss! The company has just revealed its first-ever digital camera — that being the full-frame compact ZX1.

This little, unique camera has a full-frame 37.4-megapixel sensor and a fixed 35mm f/2.0 T* lens. As for its design, it’s got a triangular grip and a box-like design with an interesting curve to it. But one of the most notable things about the ZX1 is that Lightroom CC is built into the camera.

Video shooting

You may be pleased to hear this little camera can shoot video at 4k 30 fps or full HD at up to 60 fps. Additionally, the slowest the camera can shoot at is 3 fps. There’s no details on autofocus, but it does work in both continuous and single mode.

Zeiss' ZX1 on its side
The ZX1 has a curved design to help you edit photos

ZX1’s design

On its back, the ZX1 has a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 multi-touch display. Interestingly, there’s a curb in the back of the design. The reason for the curb is to help shoot and edit photos – which you can since it has Lightroom CC is integrated.

The ZX1 also sports a full HD OLED electronic viewfinder. It does have 512GB, but there’s no card slots. So there’s potentially no way to store data on memory cards, but the Zeiss says the camera can hold up to 6,800 RAW files in the DNG format format. WiFi, Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity are supported though.

Built-in Lightroom CC

Adobe and Zeiss teamed up to build Lightroom CC into the camera. The program takes on a smartphone-like interface because it lets you change Lightroom adjustments like cropping, exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows. Also, after editing the photos, you can upload the photos to Dropbox or another cloud service.

Pricing and Availability

Zeiss says the ZX1 will be released in early 2019. There is no details on price yet.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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