French startup Pixii has announced its first product, the Pixii camera. The Pixii is a digital rangefinder with an M-mount that pairs with your smartphone to use the mobile device's display and memory.

The machined aluminum body houses a CMOS sensor with global electronic shutter and 12-bit sampling rate that, according to Pixii, offers a dynamic range of 60-90dB. Base ISO is 200 and gain can be adjusted from ISO 100 to 6400. Unfortunately at this point there is no information on the sensor's dimensions or pixel count. All we know is it features a 5.5µm pixel pitch.

Lenses are attached via a Leica M mount but, using an adapter, you can also shoot with M39 and LTM lenses. Shutter speed can set to auto or manual but focus and aperture are controlled manually only.

“The digital camera hasn’t changed much since the 90s,” says PIXII founder David Barth. “But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?”

On the camera's back there is no display but an optical viewfinder that offers a 0.67x magnification, LED backlit frame lines (40/50mm and 28/35mm) and exposure indicators. LED brightness adjusts automatically and the viewfinder also offers automatic parallax correction.

On the top plate you can find a small OLED control screen that displays the most important camera and image settings but images have to be reviewed on the display of your smartphone. There is no card slot either. Instead images are saved into 8 or 32GB of built-in memory or directly transferred to your phone.

Other features include a tripod mount, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity (presumably for connecting to the smartphone) and a 1000mAh Li-ion battery.

There is no information yet on pricing or availability but we will let you know as soon as we get an update from Pixii.