The Zeiss ZX1 is based on the Android operating system and has been designed to be able to run Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
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Zeiss has just announced the ZX1, the company's first-ever digital camera. It comes with a 37.4MP full-frame image sensor, fixed 35mm Distagon F2 lens and a huge 4.3" touchscreen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels to augment its physical controls. Zeiss has also teamed up with Adobe to offer full Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC capability in the camera itself. It's designed to allow you to shoot, edit and share on the fly.

The ZX1 offers 512GB of external memory and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity

Zeiss says both the 37.4MP sensor and 35mm F2 lens were developed in-house and were designed from the outset to be matched with one another, not unlike Leica's Q and Sony's RX1 series. Unlike the Leica, however, the ZX1 does not come with any form of image stabilization. The lens offers a minimum focus distance of 30cm (11.8") and the optical formula comes in at 8 elements in 5 groups.

While the ZX1 does not have a memory card slot, it does have 512GB of internal memory, which the company claims is enough to store approximately 6,800 Raw files in DNG format (or up to 50,000 JPEG files). Zeiss' ZX1 website does claim that you can connect an external USB drive to the camera to offload images. The camera offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity. The company will also offer over-the-air software updates.

The ZX1 comes with an electronic viewfinder using an OLED panel at full HD (1920x1080) resolution and a magnification of 0.74x. There's a flash hot-shoe, but no flash is built into the camera body. The ZX1 offers single and continuous autofocus, though we don't yet know if continuous focus is allowed at the maximum burst speed of 3fps. Exposure is taken care of courtesy a leaf shutter in the lens.

The ZX1 is designed to allow you to shoot, edit and share on the fly.

Since we live in 2018 and 4K is everywhere, it's no surprise that the ZX1 is capable of capturing UHD 4K at up to 30fps, and Full HD video at up to 60fps.

The ZX1 appears light on controls, but the large touchscreen - with an unusual curved design - will help users take more control over their photographs, as well as the editing process.

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There's no word on pricing, but the ZX1 will be available in 'early 2019.' Stay tuned for more updates as we get them.

ZEISS ZX1: The Camera Concept for the Creative Flow in Photography

First full-frame camera from ZEISS with first-class image quality and the familiar, intuitive image editing and connectivity of a smartphone.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-09-27.

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.

512 GB 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.

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.

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 www.zeiss.com/zx1.