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What is the pixel pitch of the Zeiss ZX1?

The Zeiss ZX1 provides 37.4 megapixels from a full frame sensor. This pixel density gives rise to a size of the individual pixel of 4.81µm.

The pixel size or pixel pitch can be calculated by dividing the sensor area by the pixel count and then taking the square root. In particular, the sensor in the Zeiss ZX1 measures 36.0mm in width and 24.0mm in height, so that the total imaging area of the sensor amounts to 864 mm2. Moreover, the ZX1 has 7 488 horizontal pixels and 4 992 vertical pixels, for a total of 37.4 megapixels. Then, the size (height or width) of each individual pixel can be calculated as the square root of the ratio of the sensor area (864 mm2) to the MP count (37 380 096).

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Larger pixels provide advantages with respect to gathering light, particularly in low-light situations. Large pixels notably have a better signal to noise ratio, meaning that they can better differentiate between incoming photons and the noisy signals that the internal processes of the camera create. As a result, big pixels are particularly helpful to the photographer when shooting with high ISO settings.

Sensor specs and performance

The table below compares the sensor specs of the Zeiss ZX1 to those of several similar cameras. The reported DXO values are indicators of the sensor's imaging quality (higher is better), covering color depth (DXO Portrait), dynamic range (DXO Landscape), and high-ISO noise (DXO Sports). Larger sensor cameras tend to outperform cameras of the same generation that are equipped with a smaller imager. On the other hand, larger sensors are more expensive and require bigger and heavier lenses than smaller light receptors.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Zeiss ZX1 Full Frame 37.4 7488 49924K/30p25.214.1275994
2.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p20.612.1105051
3.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p24.013.4184483
4.
 
Leica Q2 Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/30p26.413.5249196
5.
 
Leica V-LUX 5 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.458465
6.
 
Leica C-LUX 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.348164
7.
 
Leica M10-P Full Frame 23.8 5952 3992none25.114.1273993
8.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p20.612.1104451
9.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.454665
10.
 
Panasonic FZ1000 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.111.751764
11.
 
Sony RX100 VI 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.112.347864
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.
Further information on the sensor in the Zeiss ZX1 and the camera's operation can be found in the camera manual.

In the United States, the ZX1 was initially launched in September 2018 at a price of $5,999.

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Camera to camera comparisons

In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Zeiss ZX1
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 35mm f/2.8
    Launch Date September 2018
    Launch Price USD 5 999
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 37.4 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 7 488 x 4 992 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.81 μm
    Pixel Density 4.33 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 51 200 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.74x
    Viewfinder Resolution 6221k dots
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 4.3 inch
    LCD Resolution 2765k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/1000s
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SSD cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots n/a
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.1
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type DD-PS1A power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 142 x 93 x 46 mm
    (5.6 x 3.7 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 800 g (28.2 oz)

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