One month of road testing is over; the analysis is still to come. Macfilos users will get a full review of the Pixii rangefinder camera in April.
It came as one of the biggest surprises in the camera market. French start-up Pixii SAS has managed to launch a new rangefinder camera. It has an M mount, a full optical viewfinder and, in the current version, a 26 MP APS-C-sized sensor. It is also remarkable to note what the Pixii does not have: a rear display and a memory card, for example.
600 photos shot with the Pixii rangefinder camera
I got a Pixii on loan from the company and shot over 600 photos with it. I am still analysing them for various parameters. Among them are: Noise at high and low ISO values, colour rendering, black and white results, sensor readout (rolling shutter), white balance and more. I will try to answer as many of the questions you sent me recently in the comments section of the earlier article. But I do apologize in advance that it is quite impossible to deal with them all in depth.
Performance and ergonomics in focus
The review will also focus on all aspects of ergonomics and handling. The Pixii’s design makes it rather special. So, you can expect a report on how an experienced rangefinder photographer (which I am) got on with the Pixii. But I will also try to give an assessment of how the Pixii might work as a comparatively affordable camera for newcomers to rangefinder photography. Remember, there is a long legacy for this. It comprises the film-loading Leica CL right as well as the slaughtered digital Leica CL. A camera line that might leave many of its users with orphaned lenses (but there is a solution for that).
Meeting David Barth, inventor of the Pixii rangefinder camera
When I had to part with the Pixii (small spoiler: this was not easy), I had the opportunity to personally return the camera to Pixii founder David Barth. Despite being extremely busy, he took more than an hour for me — and you, the Macfilos readers. It was a most interesting conversation with a true entrepreneur. You can read more about it in the future.
You might find something interesting around Easter
For now, though, I have to ask you for a little patience. As you may know, I have a demanding job. And, like all the other contributors, I write for Macfilos entirely pro bono. Furthermore, my month with the Pixii told me (among many other things) that this camera deserves a well-thought-out and carefully written review. So stay tuned and hope for a late Easter present.
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