The Zeiss ZX1, a novel camera that was introduced greater than two years in the past earlier than the corporate basically stopped speaking about it, may very well be in prospects’ palms sooner or later within the close to future. As famous by DPReview, B&H Photo has despatched out emails saying that it’s coming quickly and is now available to preorder for $6,000. It was initially supposed to be launched in early 2019.
Why would anybody pay $6,000 for the ZX1? Well, it wouldn’t be sensible to order with out no less than ready for hands-on impressions of the completed product, however it is honest to say that it’s a one-of-a-kind camera. It has a 37-megapixel full-frame sensor, a set 35mm f/2 lens, an digital viewfinder, and three dials to management aperture, shutter velocity, and ISO. More unusually, it has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and runs a variant of Android, together with a built-in model of Adobe Lightroom so you’ll be able to edit proper on the machine itself. There’s additionally Wi-Fi, USB-C, and 512GB of onboard storage.
The apparent comparability could be with Sony’s RX1 compact cameras, which additionally function full-frame sensors and Zeiss-branded 35mm f/2 lenses; the final one value $3,300 in 2015. They don’t run Lightroom, after all, however they’re quite a bit smaller. Another comparability within the premium full-frame compact house could be the Leica Q2, which sells for $4,995. Zeiss is little question assured within the ZX1’s optics and efficiency, however you recognize a camera’s costly when it makes a Leica look low-cost.
The worth of the ZX1, then, will all come down to its UX and the way successfully its software program works. And, properly, we don’t have any thought about that simply but. B&H Photo isn’t itemizing an precise launch date, both, which suggests it’s potential that there’s nonetheless a way to go earlier than it goes on sale — if it does in any respect. We’ll replace you if we hear something extra particular.