Zeiss ZX1 Review

Overall 51
Imaging 25
Features 57
Size 76
Price 100

Main Features

  • 37.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 4.34″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 142 x 93 x 46 mm
  • Weight: 800 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Zeiss ZX1 Summary

This review is devoted to ZX1 that Zeiss has first introduced to the public in Sep 27, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 37.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #9 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 51/100 and it takes a rank of #61 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Zeiss ZX1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Zeiss ZX1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2-22
  • Screen Size: 4.34″
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Sensor Size: Full frame
  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Max Native Iso: 51200
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 255
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Zeiss ZX1 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Zeiss ZX1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Zeiss ZX1

Zeiss ZX1 has the following external dimensions 142 x 142 x 46 mm (55.91 x 36.61 x 18.11″) with the weight of 800 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Zeiss ZX1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Zeiss ZX1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 46mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Zeiss ZX1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Zeiss ZX1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Zeiss ZX1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Zeiss ZX1 — 46 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Zeiss ZX1 — 800 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Zeiss ZX1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Zeiss ZX1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Zeiss ZX1 Photo and Sensor Features

Zeiss ZX1 boasts of a resolution of 37.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Zeiss ZX1 has the following ISO range 80 - 51200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Zeiss ZX1 features a 37.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Zeiss ZX1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Zeiss ZX1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Zeiss ZX1

LCD and ViewFinder

Zeiss ZX1 is equipped with a Fully Articulated 4.34" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 2,765k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Zeiss ZX1’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 6,221k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Zeiss ZX1 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, ZX1 comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/8000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, ZX1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

In addition, ZX1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Zeiss ZX1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Zeiss ZX1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Zeiss ZX1 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of ZX1.

Zeiss ZX1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Zeiss ZX1 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, ZX1 is equipped with its USB 1 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect ZX1 with suitable external devices.

How Good is Zeiss ZX1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Zeiss ZX1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Zeiss ZX1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the ZX1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Zeiss ZX1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Zeiss ZX1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 97. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Zeiss ZX1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (37 MP)
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Zeiss ZX1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Zeiss ZX1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Zeiss ZX1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (142 x 93 x 46 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Zeiss ZX1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Zeiss ZX1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Zeiss ZX1 can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/8000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (255)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing

Zeiss ZX1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Zeiss ZX1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Zeiss ZX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (800 g)
  • Big size (142 x 93 x 46 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Zeiss ZX1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Zeiss ZX1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 91. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Zeiss ZX1 can be called a 91 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (37 MP)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Zeiss ZX1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Zeiss
Model ZX1
Announced Sep 27, 2018
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 4.34″
Screen Resolution 2,765k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 6,221k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance No
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment No
Average Yes
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 37.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 7488 x 4992
Max Native ISO 51,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch Yes
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 255
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 1
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 800 g
Physical Dimensions 142 x 93 x 46 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type 512GB internal
Storage Slots 1

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