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Officially announced: Pixxii M-mount rangefinder camera

The French company Pixxii officially announced their new M-mount true rangefinder camera. Below you can find the full specs of this camera. What’s not mentioned is the actual sensor size and the price of the camera:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full press text:

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.

Besan├žon, 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, sometimes even before getting out of the factory.
Virtualizing the camera software and using the performance of smartphones and their
display: this is how we can offer exceptional extensibility and durability” adds the founder.

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Press Release 18 octobre 2018

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 technique and
discover the pleasure of photography.”
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.

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 Linux and
embedded software industry.
Our ambition is to offer innovative and inspiring tools to all image enthusiasts.

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