The first PIXII camera reviews are in

The first PIXII camera reviews are in:

Update: Pixii cameras are now available for sale at B&H Photo.

PIXII camera review at Dearsusan (see also this post):

  • The camera wakes up very quickly, in appearance, but the internals that make it shine most brightly (colour science and exposure) take a good second to become fully operational. So, snappy shooting after camera slumber can produces badly exposed frames with very wrong colour balance. A beep should warn that all systems are go.
  • The APS crop doesn’t appeal to me because it multiplies the focal length of my favourite M-mount lenses by 1.5.
  • Dynamic range of this global shutter sensor is quite limited.
  • I’m not overly fond of some items on the cameras such as LEDs that (to me) serve no purpose.
  • Synchronisation with the app is shaky, to say the least. It works, but you are never certain it does.
  • The (current) internal buffer is a bit small and not fast enough. A bit of a shame because the rest of the camera feels very snappy.
  • Autonomy (using previous generation Sony batteries) is quite restricted, and batteries are charged inside the camera, via an USB cable.
  • Pixii is a startup. While that means extremely brisk support and development pace, it also brings with it uncertainty.
  • The camera is very pricey. With the huge discounts on medium format cameras these days, add 50% to the Pixii’s asking price and you can walk away with a Hasselblad X1D MkII. A very similar camera, in more ways than one, but firmly established.

PIXXII camera report at Shotbyrichie with sample photos:

In my view, the Pixii camera, along with the new 7Artisans 35mm F1.4 lens is perfect for my needs. It is well built and designed and has simple controls and functional software to delivery strong images. The camera has support for image sharing to a Smartphone; this seems to be work in progress at the moment and is not crucial to my use of the camera for my needs. Is it expensive, for some people, yes it is? But there are more costly rangefinders on the market, in the end, it’s about choice and how much you place a value on the tools that assist you with your hobbies. If I had chosen the Leica route to experience a digital rangefinder, then I would have spent a lot more to achieve this shift in my street photography.

If you have any experience with the PIXII camera, please post a comment to this post or email me.

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