First Zeiss ZX1 Hands-on Review

Ray Larose is one of the very few lucky guys who had the chance to test the new Zeiss ZX1 full frame camera:

Holding it in the hand is like nothing else. When I first grabbed it, it reminded me (slightly) of the X1D and much nicer than the Sony RX1R II I had. It’s definitely meatier than the Sony A7R II as well. The slight curve to the body is a dream and fits the hand really well. Raw photos are a dream (even in beta) – a feel that’s really approaching medium format for me. There was something special about the look from this camera. You’ll see once I can share something, though I don’t think I can legally share them at this time (until off a production model). But I’m check with Zeiss legal on that.

I haven’t heard anything on pricing, so we’ll let Zeiss announce that at release. More to come once I have the final version in my hands. Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll answer what I can within the rules of the NDA.

Product Highlights

  • 37.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS Distagon T* 35mm f/2 Lens
  • Leaf Shutter and Physical Exposure Dials
  • 0.74x Full HD OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 4.34″ Touchscreen LCD with Tool Bar
  • ISO 80-51200, 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Internal 512GB SSD Storage
  • USB Type-C Terminal

You can see the full specifications at B&H.