Zeiss announced the ZX1 compact camera at the Photokina 2018. The sensor that equips the new product is a 37.4-megapixel full-frame developed internally by Zeiss. The integrated lens is a Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/2 T. The Zeiss ZX1 measuring 142 x 93 x 46 mm (plus 20 mm for the lens) with a weight of 800 grams. Sensitivity extends from ISO 80 to ISO 51,200.
The camera has been developed to make the controls more intuitive and more similar to those of a smartphone. Only the strictly necessary has been maintained. Precisely for this reason, a 4.3″ touchscreen (1280 x 720 pixels) was placed on the back, and the interface has been optimized to be able to operate at best with this type of interaction. The electronic viewfinder is 0.7″ OLED with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The camera is based on a customized version of the Android operating system. Among the functions offered are the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC integrated application, useful for processing RAW shots directly from the ZX1. The camera provides 512GB of internal storage, enough to store about 6,800 RAW files or 50,000 in JPG. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB Type-C port. Connecting to the network allows you to receive updates and to immediately share images.
Videos can be captured in Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) up to 30 frames per second or in Full HD up to 60fps. The Zeiss ZX launch is scheduled for the beginning of 2019 and pricing will be announced near the launch.