Zeiss has announced the ZX1, a new full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens. It’s the first-ever full-frame camera by Zeiss.
Inside the camera is a 37.4-megapixel full-frame sensor with an ISO range of 80-51200 that was developed in-house by Zeiss.
On the front of the camera is a new Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 T* autofocus lens that was developed to perfectly compliment the new sensor. It contains 8 elements in 5 groups. The minimum focus distance is 11.8 inches (30cm).
“The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS look,” Zeiss says.
One unusual feature of the ZX1 is that it has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is fully integrated into the camera, allowing photographers to process RAW photos directly.
The features and functions of the ZX1 are used through the 4.3-inch multi-touch display with a pixel density of 338ppi.
Above the touchscreen is a 0.7-inch electronic viewfinder.
The ZX1 features Wi-Fi network connectivity (in addition to Bluetooth and USB-C data transfer), allowing photographers to upload photos directly to the Web without having to first transfer images to other devices or programs. The camera will also utilize over-the-air updates to keep its software up to date without having a computer connection.
Storage-wise, the ZX1 features a whopping 512 gigabytes of built-in space — enough for 6,800 RAW (DNG) photos or over 50,000 JPGs shot with the camera.
Other specs and features include a 3,190mAh battery capacity, 3fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording at 30fps, and microphone and headphone jacks.
On the outside, the ZX1 features a smooth, curving design that Zeiss says is designed to provide economic and easy handling. The camera measures 5.59×3.66×1.81 inches (142x93x46mm) with 0.79in (20mm) extra due to the lens.
“The slightly bent screen separates the live view from the control elements, making camera operation comfortable and straightforward,” the company states.
The Zeiss ZX1 will be available in early 2019. Exact pricing, specs, and availability will be announced later on.