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


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.


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.


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.


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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