- 37MP - Full frame Sensor
- 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
- ISO 80 - 51200
- 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
- 3840 x 2160 video
- 35mm (F2-22) lens
- 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
- Announced September 2018
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Zeiss ZX1 overview
Zeiss ZX1 is Zeiss's Large Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on September of 2018. The camera has got a 37MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 7488 x 4992.
The ZX1 stands at #4 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all round #141 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your customized requirements.
Here is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Zeiss ZX1 Gallery
You can check the ZX1 from different angles in the gallery below.
Zeiss ZX1 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Zeiss ZX1 based on factors which are oftentimes seen as necessary in a camera.
Zeiss ZX1 Sensor details
The sensor size in the Zeiss ZX1 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can resolve 7488 x 4992 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CMOS sensor has 37MP and provides a native ISO range of 80 - 51200. RAW photos are saved so you have wider margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the ZX1's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The ZX1 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Zeiss ZX1 dimensions
Zeiss ZX1 weighs about 1.76 pounds (800g or 28.22 oz) & has exterior proportions of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8"). The weight of general Large Sensor Compact camera is 392g so the Zeiss ZX1 is more heavy when compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a shot of the Zeiss ZX1 beside a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view underneath will show you the button design on the ZX1.
Zeiss ZX1 Lens specs
The ZX1 has got an inbuilt lens featuring a constant focal length of 35mm which means you have no luxury to zoom.
At the widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f2 and that's perfect for low light conditions and capturing a shallow depth of field. It will also allow you to set a lower ISO in order to get better files.
Zeiss ZX1 Connectivity
The ZX1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that incorporate NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily transfer photos and oftentimes alter settings without connecting straight to the camera.
A few applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Zeiss ZX1 Video specs
The highest video quality in the Zeiss ZX1 is 3840 x 2160 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p can provide a great quality for video recording. You are able to crop to Full HD in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have got good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera doesn't include a microphone or headphone jack so you have little control over the audio. It is probably best to get an alternative model if you need good audio for your video clips.
Zeiss ZX1 Weather Sealing
Zeiss ZX1 doesn't include weather proofing so rainy conditions may affect the camera.
Zeiss ZX1 Display and Viewfinder
The Zeiss ZX1 has got a 4.34" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 2,765k dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus points and adjust settings with your finger.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specifications for Zeiss ZX1 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 6,221k dots
- Coverage 100 percent
Viewfinders are very useful for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Zeiss ZX1 Shutter specs
Zeiss ZX1 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s.
Zeiss ZX1 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Zeiss ZX1 features external flash ability but with no integrated flash.
Zeiss ZX1 Autofocus specs
Zeiss ZX1 features just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it useful for people photography.
The Sensor has got 255 focus points to choose from. Zeiss ZX1 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for moving subjects. Zeiss ZX1 comes with manual focus if required for low light scenarios or you want to have more precise focus control.
Zeiss ZX1 Battery life
The typical Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U features the highest (450) battery life for this kind of cameras.
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Zeiss ZX1 for specific types of photography
The following graph presents a analysis of the Zeiss ZX1 for specific types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Zeiss ZX1
The Zeiss ZX1 receives a rating of 87 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a outstanding choice for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support together with the ability to work with off-camera lighting.
Zeiss ZX1 Street photography info
With a nice points tally of 71, the Zeiss ZX1 is a fine fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Zeiss ZX1 Sports photography features
A nice sports photography rating of 64 indicates the Zeiss ZX1 is a very decent pick for taking photos of sports. A camera needs to have very good focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Zeiss ZX1 Travel photography info
Weight is extremely critical when choosing a travel camera. In general, the Zeiss ZX1 gets a very good 65 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick to purchase for your journeys.
Landscape photography with Zeiss ZX1
When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Zeiss ZX1 and it's above average score of 70 as a landscape camera is a very decent pick in the current marketplace.
Zeiss ZX1 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Zeiss ZX1 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 31.
Zeiss ZX1 Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the ZX1, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall under the category of Large Sensor Compact.
The graph down below will give you a summary of the ZX1 vs it's highest rated competitors shown above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may consider as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, click the "compare" link.