I have waited for this opportunity: The French start-up, Pixii, has released the 2023 version of its APS-C rangefinder camera. Finally, I have one for testing — right now! —I and will review it for Macfilos. I am very happy to take up your questions. So, what do you want to know?
The Pixii is a contemporary rangefinder camera with a strong emphasis on connectivity. It features a modern optical rangefinder that displays more information than its Leica counterparts (such as ISO and focal length). Furthermore, the Pixii does not have a rear screen, so you use your smartphone instead. The camera lacks a mechanical shutter (it’s all electronic) and a flash hot shoe (cold shoe only). On the other hand, it does have a state-of-the-art 26MP APS-C sensor, which scored almost unbelievable marks on DXO.
The Pixii rangefinder camera is in its third iteration now
I have with me, of course, the latest version of the Pixii, the 2023 model. It boasts a 64-bit processor and many other improved features. I had been planning a review for a long time. However, it took a lot of patience to get my hands on the camera. To be honest, I almost lost all hope when Pixii founder David Barth contacted me in a very friendly way. By the way, the Pixii costs between €2699 and €3150 plus VAT (€3212 to €3749 here in Germany), depending on the size of the internal memory (it does not accept memory cards).
What I can already say: The Pixii is a substantial and serious camera
I don’t want to spoil any conclusions I might draw in my forthcoming full review. But I can already say that the camera is unique and tremendous fun to use. Despite being cheaper than even most second-hand Leica digital rangefinder cameras, there is nothing cheap or provisional about it. The rangefinder supports (in full frame) lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35, 40 and 50mm. However, with a crop factor of 1.5, this is not a wide-angle camera for sure.
Any questions about the Pixii rangefinder? Very welcome!
But what do you want to know about this very special camera? I want to make the most of my limited testing period before I have to return the camera to Pixii, which has generously and trustfully lent it to me. On my list: usability with different lenses (Leica and others); image quality in both colour and black and white; connectivity and software. I can’t promise to address all your questions and ideas, but I’ll do my best.
This is the first and final call for questions: Feel free to use the comments section to tell me what interests you about the Pixii. So, what would you like me to look at in more detail? Have you heard things about the Pixii that you would like me to verify? Are there any other points that you would really like to see covered in the review? Write in the comments section, but hurry up; my time with the Pixii is limited…
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