Zeiss’s full-frame compact ZX1 compact full-frame camera debuted in 2018 with built-in Lightroom CC and other unusual features, but we have never heard of it since. Now, the camera was suddenly pre-ordered on B&H Photo for $6,000, two years later than the original scheduled release time.
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The ZX1 has compact high-end specifications, including a 37-megapixel sensor, 35mm fixed Zeiss Distagon F/2 lens, 255-area autofocus and a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel display. You can use the latter to run the Adobe Lightroom CC version, but If you want to share the edited image to the desktop application, you need to subscribe. It also has WiFi, Bluetooth and USB Type-C interfaces, so you can transfer and upload files to cloud services.
All of this sounds good, but it is not clear who is looking for a fancy, connected full-frame compact camera, especially a camera that costs $6,000. In comparison, Sony’s RX1 was unbelievably priced at $3,300 in 2015, while Leica’s full-frame compact Q2 has a 47-megapixel sensor, but the actual price is only $5,000.
Hope Zeiss can answer more questions about this issue soon, or better yet, let us start trying. B&H Photo has not specified a release date, and the store is closed due to holidays until October 11