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For their first foray into the digital camera market, Zeiss equipped their product with a full-frame image sensor and fixed it with a 35mm Distagon F2 lens. The ZX1, as it’s called, also features a large 4.3” screen with touchscreen capability that has a 1280x720 pixel resolution.
On top of that, Zeiss has partnered with Adobe to provide full in-camera Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC capability. Taken all together, the Zeiss ZX1 is designed to not only let you shoot, but it also allows you to edit and share using just one device.
Smartphones are designed to be intuitive, and Zeiss used that concept to develop their first-ever digital camera. You operate the ZX1 just like you would an iOS or Android mobile device: tapping on the screen and hitting a few buttons.
Many smartphones are now equipped with incredible cameras and equally impressive software. However, for some users, there are just some things that digital cameras still do better. The good news is that some of the better things about smartphones have made their way into cameras like the ZX1.
The Zeiss ZX1 is designed to make it easier for you to shoot, edit, and share your photos – just like a smartphone. But this time, you are working with a better lens and sensor.
In-house designed lens and sensor
Zeiss is a brand known for making great optical systems but they chose to create a new image sensor and lens for their first digital camera. The ZX1 is equipped with a 37.4MP full-frame image sensor and a ZEISS Distagon 35mm F2 T* lens with autofocus. Knowing the Zeiss brand, you can expect that combination of lens and sensor to deliver high-quality results.
In-camera Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
A lot of photography enthusiasts and professionals use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for post-processing. This is a process that involves migrating captured images to a desktop or laptop. With in-camera Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, that entire step is eliminated. Meaning, you work on touch-ups and other edits to your images using your camera. And you do all that on a 4.3” screen.
Sufficient space and versatile connectivity options
The ZX1 comes with 512GB of internal memory. That is enough to hold about 6,800 RAW files or more than 50,000 JPGs. In other words, there’s more than enough space for those tend to be trigger happy during long trips. Then again, that’s all the camera has; it does not come with a memory card slot.
In terms of connectivity, the ZX1 supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB-C. This makes it easier to transfer files between the camera and other devices. With WiFi support, you can immediately share snaps on the web and get software updates to keep the camera up-to-date.
Ergonomic handling and 4K video
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The ZX1 is easy to handle and is designed to feature elements that are necessary. It comes with a bent screen to separate the live view from the controls. While it does have flash hot-shoe, it doesn’t have a built-in flash. The camera is capable of capturing UHD 4K video up to 30fps and Full HD up to 60fps.
While there is no pricing information available for the Zeiss ZX1, it will be available in the early part of 2019.