‘This Week in Tech,’ October 5-9th, 2020

10/5/20

Zeiss ZX1 Price Announced, $6,000

Is the Zeiss ZX1 Coming Soon?

The Zeiss ZX1, was first announced in 2018 at Photokina, and is now available for pre-order two years later…With a retail MSRP of $6,000, the ZX1 seems to be overpriced for its featureset and target audience.

The fixed-lens, 37.4MP full-frame camera has a built-in Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2 lens, suitable for portraits and street photography.

Unique to the ZX1 is the pre-installed Adobe Lightroom CC software, which allows images to be edited in-camera on its 4.34″ LCD touchscreen.

Specifications

The ZX1 can records UHD video in a H.265/MP4 wrapper at 4K 29.97p, and H.264/MP4 HD video at 1080 59.94p.

There is no external card slot, media is stored to the ZX1’s internal 512GB SSD, and can be accessed via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or the USB Type-C (USB 3.1) port.

The ZX1 electronic viewfinder (EVF) has an approximate 0.74x magnification, with a full-HD resolution OLED screen.

Other features of the ZX1 include:

  • 1280 x 720 LCD Touchscreen with Tool Bar
  • Integrated Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Leaf Shutter and Physical Exposure Dials
  • ISO 80-51200
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting

At the time of writing this article, there is no official date for the ZX1’s release.

10/06/2020

Red Digital Cinema’s ‘Komodo’ Camera, Waitlist Open

Komodo 6K Digital Cinema Camera

Red’s 6K entry-level cinema camera, the Komodo, has a waitlist available on Red’s website.

The Komodo has a Canon RF mount and records R3D (REDCODE RAW) files onto Compact-Flash cards.

The small 4” x 4” size of the Komodo is perfect for shooting in tight shooting areas, weighing only two-pounds.

• 6K Super 35 27.03 x 14.25mm (6144 x 3240) • Global Shutter • 120 fps at 2K
• 12G-SDI output with 2160p at 60 fps
• 3.5mm microphone/headphone
• Wireless video module
• Touchscreen Display
• Phase Detection Autofocus

Pricing for the Komodo is $6,000, and pre-production models have already been used in productions, as seen below.

10/07/2020

Slow-Motion Camera from Freefly Systems

Freefly Systems’ First Camera

Freefly Systems, a leader in cinema drones and stabilization systems, announced their new continuous high-speed camera, Wave.

Freefly Systems’ Wave camera can record continuous 4K video until the internal SSD storage is full.

Pre-orders are being taken now, beginning at $9,995 for the 1TB version, or $10,995.00 for the 2TB version on Freefly’s store.

  • S35 4K Sensor⁠

  • Global Shutter⁠

  • Movi Pro integration

  • Records direct to internal SSD

  • Compatible with Red Lens Mounts (with spacer)⁠

  • IMU data embedded into each frame (Intelligent Post Stabilization!)⁠

  • Locking E mount⁠

  • Max 9,259 FPS at 2048×128⁠

  • Aluminum chassis ⁠⠀

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