Pixii camera with Leica M-mount specifications revealed


The technical specifications of the Pixii camera with Leica M-mount were revealed today (see previous Pixii posts):

VIEWFINDER

  • Optical viewfinder with coinciding rangefinder (magnification 0,67X)
  • LED backlit framelines with exposure indicators
  • Automatic parallax correction
  • Automatic led intensity adjustment
  • Framelines for standard prime lenses:  40/50mm, 28/35mm

SENSOR

  • CMOS sensor with 5.5um pixels
  • 12-bits sampling rate, and high dynamic range (60-90dB)
  • Global electronic shutter
  • Native gain: ISO 200, programmable from 100 to 6400 ISO
  • RGB color matrix, optimized with micro-lenses
  • IR filter, no low-pass < 1.0mm

LENS

  • Interchangeable lens system
  • Manual focus and aperture control
  • M compatible lens mount, also compatible with M39/LTM lenses (with adapter)
  • Dark chamber designed to fit collapsible lenses

BODY

  • Machined aluminium body
  • Finition: silver anodized, gray, matte black lacquer, carbon titane (special order)
  • ISO accessory shoe, tripod socket A ¼, lugs for carrying strap
  • Dimensions : 138x79x33mm
  • Weight: approx. 460g (incl. battery)

CONTROLS

  • Manual shutter speed selector
  • Automatic speed mode
  • 2 stage shutter button: exposure metering/lock, shutter release
  • Quick ISO selection, white-balance and supplementary settings via integrated menu
  • OLED control screen

SYSTEM

  • ARM processors (2) with integrated FPGA accelerator
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth LE 4.2 (upgradeable to 5.0)
  • 8Go or 32Go internal storage

POWER

  • Li-ion 7.4V battery, 1000mAh capacity, model NP-FW50
  • Integrated USB charger
  • Programmable suspend and power off timer



Press release:

PIXII unveils the first camera designed to reveal photographs on a smartphone display

PIXII innovates by moving the software of the camera into a mobile app for boosting its extensibility. The camera features an original rangefinder viewfinder and uses Leica M compatible lenses.

Besançon, FRANCE. PIXII SAS unveils the first camera designed to reveal its images on a smartphone display.

"The digital camera hasn't changed much since the 90s. But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone : who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?" starts David Barth, the creator of Pixii.

Pixii is a genuine standalone camera. It records raw images and gives full manual control over the capture settings to the photographer. At the same time it communicates with a mobile application which develops and reveals images on the smartphone screen. The photo can be edited or shared as soon as it is taken.

"Photographers know that lenses are generally safe values. However, the software and the screen of a camera quickly get outdated. Instead, we can offer exceptional extensibility and durability by virtualizing the camera software and using the performance of smartphones and their display. " adds the founder.

Designed for the new generation, Pixii also draws the attention of more experienced photographers looking for the unique experience of a rangefinder camera.

"There are pictures you cannot take with a smartphone: the sensor is too small, the lens is fixed and most of all: there is no viewfinder." says Melric Artus, Principal Engineer.

Pixii is an interchangeable-lens camera with an M-compatible mount. It gives access to very high quality lenses from renowned manufacturers such as Leica, Zeiss or Voigtlander. Its other essential feature is the rangefinder system integrated into its optical viewfinder: the focus is selected by matching two shifted images of the photographed scene.

"Having manual control and an optical rangefinder is part of the quest for the Grail for enthusiasts" says David Barth. "This is the path I followed to go beyond the smartphone and then photography started to make sense to me."

Pixii was unveiled around Photokina in September and attracted the interest of many observers. It is still in the testing phase with photographers from different backgrounds.

The price and date of commercial availability will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

About PIXII

PIXII SAS is a startup developing a new radical, contemporary, rangefinder camera.

The company was created by David Barth and a team of specialists in optics, micro-mechanics and electronics. David brings 20 years of experience in the software industry up until recently at Ubuntu or LaCie.

Our ambition is to offer innovative and inspiring tools for all image enthusiasts.

More info available at pixii.fr.

Via LeicaRumors

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