Missing In Action: Where In the World Is the Zeiss ZX1?

The Zeiss ZX1, a camera many photographers had wet dreams about, has seemingly vanished without a trace.

Picture it; Cologne, Germany, 2018, thirsty photographers from around globe packed into an event hall for Photokina to get their grubby mitts on new and exciting cameras, and there, like a shining ray of light, was the Zeiss ZX1. A new camera so unique, so cutting edge, so gorgeously designed that it seemed too good to be true. And apparently, it was. This marvel of a camera was due to be released in early 2019, but to date, it is still missing. We know it has been out and about in the wild with testers, but they are sworn to secrecy. The official Zeiss ZX1 website is alive and well, and the camera also received Adobe camera RAW support in December of 2019, so what happened to this gorgeous Full Frame, internet-connected camera? Let’s talk about it after the break.

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Old and New: These Are My 7 Favorite Camera Designs

There have been some innovative camera designs throughout the years: here are my favorites.

I’m inclined to say that most cameras look very similar. That’s not a criticism; there’s only so much you can do when putting the ergonomics together. But, although the look of the camera isn’t the most important factor, it is appreciated when manufacturers go a step further than the traditional design. Our community often gets lost in spec sheets, obsessing over megapixels and autofocus points — I want to us to step away from that for a moment. Let’s instead focus purely on design, and see which cameras, old and new, have been the most eye-catching over the years.

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ZEISS Announces Newly Developed ZX1 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The first ZEISS Full Frame mirrorless camera boasts of first-class image quality, intuitive image editing, and connectivity of a smartphone. 

ZEISS unveiled yesterday at the Photokina 2018 its first Full Frame mirrorless camera, the sleek-looking ZEISS ZX1. It features a ZEISS lens and sensor developed in-house at ZEISS, and promises to deliver first-class image quality plus an intuitive operational concept, user experience, and connectivity like that of a smartphone. This camera concept, according to ZEISS, 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.”

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