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The Zeiss ZX1 was first announced in 2018. It had Adobe Lightroom and a bunch of other unusual features. Now, suddenly, the ZX1 is on B&H Photo for pre-order with a $6,000 asking price. Two years later.
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Despite it’s 2 year old age, the Zeiss ZX1 has highish-end specs for being such a small device. The camera has a 37.4-megapixel sensor, a 35mm Zeiss Distagon F/2 lens, and a 255-point autofocus system. It’s also got a 4.3-inch 720P display that you can run Adobe Lightroom CC on. The thing is, you will need a subscription if you want to share the photos you edited on your camera to your desktop. The Zeiss ZX1 has Bluetooth, WiFi, and a USB-C port for transferring and uploading your files.
That all sounds alright, other than having to pay a monthly fee to be able to use images from your $6,000 camera. But hey, you bought this camera, so money doesn’t matter to you anyway. The market demand is not all that clear. The Zeiss ZX1 is a somewhat exotic-looking, full-frame compact camera that costs $6000. In contrast, the Sony RX1 was $3000 and considered ludicrously expensive. That was in 2015. Also, Leica’s Q2 has a 47-megapixel full-frame sensor and costs $5,000. These options make the Zeiss ZX1 less attractive.
The Zeiss ZX1 won’t be a hit
This camera is an extra-costly device that more than likely won’t get purchased all that often. It uses expensive, old technology and there’s just something about paying $6000 for a device that you cannot fully use without a monthly subscription fee that just really bothers me. I won’t be alone in that sentiment.
We will know more about the Zeiss ZX1 shortly. B&H hasn’t specified an exact release date, and the popular video hardware store is closed for holidays until October 11th.
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