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Zeiss ZX1 Announced - 37mp Full-Frame Camera

Zeiss has announced the mirrorless, full-frame, Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 lens camera, the 37.4mp Zeiss ZX1, with a high-resolution OLED viewfinder.

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Zeiss ZX1 Camera

Zeiss has announced the full-frame, 37.4mp Zeiss ZX1, with Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 lens, and a high-resolution OLED viewfinder. The camera uses a leaf-shutter. There's a 4.3inch touch-screen on the back, and manual controls on top of the camera, including ISO and shutter speed dials. Adobe Lightroom CC is built-in to the camera, so that you can edit your photos on the camera, before sharing them!

You can share directly from the camera, for example, to Dropbox, email, Bluetooth, and to a smartphone.

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Zeiss ZX1 Rear

The Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 auto-focus lens has a Zeiss T* coating, and an aperture ring around the lens to adjust the aperture. There's a 52mm filter thread on the front of the lens. The camera has 512GB SSD built-in to the camera!

Zeiss ZX1 Key Features

  • 37.4mp Full-Frame sensor - developed by Zeiss
  • Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 lens
  • 4.3inch touch-screen
  • OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF), with dioptre adjustment
  • 512GB SSD drive built-in
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC built-in
  • AdobeDNG raw and JPEG available
  • Over the air software updates
  • USB Type-C connection

The ZX1 will be available early 2019. Pricing is yet to be confirmed. Have a look at some more photos of the camera below.


Zeiss ZX1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment



From Zeiss: Oberkochen, 27 September 2018 - ZEISS ZX1 – That is the name of the newly developed mirrorless full-frame camera from ZEISS that was presented today in Cologne, Germany. Thanks to the ZEISS lens and a sensor developed in-house at ZEISS, the camera delivers first-class image quality combined with an operational concept and user experience that make the photographer's jobs-to-be-done as intuitive as on a smartphone.

The ZEISS camera concept is just the first step to opening up a new world of possibilities for ambitious photographers – from taking the shot to editing the image and sharing it on the web. 

SHOOT. EDIT. SHARE. – Harmonized hardware, software and optics for a seamless creative process

SHOOT: the ZEISS ZX1 features a newly designed, integrated ZEISS Distagon 35 mm f/2 T* lens with autofocus that has been perfectly matched to the 37.4 megapixel full-frame sensor developed in-house at ZEISS. The interplay between the lens and sensor ensures first-class picture quality with that typical ZEISS look.

EDIT: The ZEISS ZX1 enables photographers to professionally process RAW images directly on the camera thanks to fully integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. Moreover, the ZEISS ZX1's unique user interface supports the user's particular workflow without any interruption – providing direct access to the most frequently used functions via a 4.3" multi-touch display. 

SHARE: when the networked full-frame camera is connected, the user can upload selected images directly to the internet – without the intermediate transfer to memory cards or other external devices. 

512GB of internal memory provide sufficient space for approximately 6,800 RAW files (DNG) or over 50,000 JPGs – more than enough to handle photos, even during a longer trip, and giving the photographer the chance to let their creativity flow. Versatile connectivity options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C ensure that various peripherals can be connected. Over-the-air software updates keep the camera up to date without requiring a computer connection. 

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Zeiss ZX1 Dials

Designed with a passion for detail and a focus on the essentials

The design of the ZEISS ZX1 is characterized by its iconic shape with carefully crafted details. The overall form and reduction to just those elements that are absolutely necessary lay the foundation for an ergonomic camera and ensure easy handling. The symbiosis of hardware and software is exemplified by the newly defined user interface that utilizes the 4.3" multi-touch display. The slightly bent screen separates the live view from the control elements, making camera operation comfortable and straightforward.

"We know that we exploring new ways and initially addressing a special target group with the ZEISS ZX1. With our concept we are focusing on ambitious, professional creatives who want to produce their photographic experiences quickly and efficiently, and inspire as many people on the Internet as possible. This requires a streamlined workflow in addition to high-end features. This is exactly what the concept of the ZEISS ZX1 offers,” explains Jörg Schmitz, Head of the Consumer Products business group at ZEISS. 


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ZEISS ZX1 available from early 2019

The ZEISS ZX1 will be available at selected dealers in early 2019. ZEISS will announce the recommended retail price at the start of the official market launch. Starting now, anyone interested in receiving information on exact availability can register at

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JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
27 Sep 2018 10:44PM

Quote:process RAW images directly on the camera thanks to fully integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC.

Is this a trend developing ?

Phase One recently released some new cameras with a limited Capture One Pro functionality.

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rhody 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2018 4:16AM
That is a stunningly designed camera. I look forward to more details and test reviews.
altitude50 15 16.1k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2018 11:13AM
That is the first new camera from Photokina 2018 that causes me any excitement.
28 Sep 2018 7:34PM
Won't excite the bank manager, must be Leicaesque prices.
rhody 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2018 7:50PM

Quote:Won't excite the bank manager, must be Leicaesque prices.

True, but there are no pockets in shrouds either Wink

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