White Plains, NY—Zeiss Consumer Products announced that the Zeiss ZX1 full-frame, compact point-and shoot camera is now available in the United States.
“The concept of the Zeiss ZX1 opens up new ways in digital and connected photography,” said Jörg Schmitz, head of Zeiss Consumer Products. “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.”
Zeiss ZX1 Features
The compact camera boasts a newly designed, integrated Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus. The lens is mated to a 37.4–megapixel full-frame sensor developed by Zeiss. Moreover, the lens and sensor work together to create high-resolution true-to-life detail over the entire image.
Furthermore, the camera’s imagery features the typical “Zeiss” look. The look is characterized by image definition, natural colors and a 3D pop effect. In addition, the camera provides a virtually silent shutter.
What’s more, a large, 4.3-inch multi-touch display allows photographers to professionally edit images directly on the camera. Using the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom app built right into the ZX1, users can even edit RAW images with easy–to–use tools, sliders as well as presets. The Zeiss ZX1 comes with a free one-year Lightroom subscription, including 1TB of cloud storage.
The user interface also supports a photographer’s individual workflow by providing direct access to most frequently used functions via the display. And thanks to the distinctive bend in the display, the camera fits comfortably in the hand. Moreover, the minimalist design represents the new concept of the ZX1 and has received several international design awards.
In addition, photographers can select captured images and upload them directly to the cloud or social media platforms; there’s no need 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,” added 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 camera also provides 512GB of internal memory; it comprises enough space for almost 7,000 RAW files or more than 50,000 JPGs. Multifunctional interfaces such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C also ensure users can connect nearly any conceivable peripheral device to the camera. At the same time, they can update the camera’s software wirelessly without connecting it to a computer.
Feedback from the First Users
Further, the Zeiss ZX1 was tested by numerous photographers worldwide. Their feedback was 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 35mm lens. The color is beautiful and detail separation in the highlights and the shadows is superb.”
The Zeiss ZX1 is now available at selected dealers in the United States for a suggested retail price of $6,000.