Pixii Introduces New Pixii Max 24MP Full-Frame Rangefinder Camera

French camera maker Pixii isn’t quite as well-known as certain major commercial brands, but it makes premium cameras.
The latest among these models is the soon-to-arrive Pixii Max, one very compact but powerful 24MP full-frame rangefinder camera that’s compatible with Leica’s M-mount lenses.
The Pixii Max will be the fifth camera released by Pixii so far and it has the distinction of being the first among Pixii cameras with a full-frame BSI CMOS Sensor instead of an APS-C model.

Pixii’s previous models offered similar megapixel counts but with full-frame, the Max will offer much better image quality due to its physically larger sensor with larger individual pixels, meaning better light absorption and reduced noise in low-light shots.
Furthermore, the Max includes a fully 64-bit processing pipeline that enables fine-tuned, precise manipulation of its sensor’s 14-bit output. This is a quality it shares with Pixii’s previous A2572+ and A2572 camera models.
Another interesting feature of the Pixii Max is its true rangefinder viewfinder, which projects frame lines into what you see through the VF.
In the case of the Max, these are set at a 35mm crop within the sensor’s 24 x 36mm size, and thus let users correct for parallax during close-focus shooting.
At the outer limits of the rangefinder, the camera delivers a 28mm angle of view and also projects key exposure settings right into the viewfinder.
Other cool features of the Pixii Max include a mono option that digests the relative perceptual lightness of the camera sensor’s Red Green and Blue filters for the sake of quality native DNG RAW files in both color and monochrome.
As a rangefinder camera, the Pixii Max is a manual focus device. You can use it to focus in on subjects through the focus rings on the Leica M-mount lenses that it’s compatible with.
These focus rings control a tiny level inside the Max camera itself to collapse images from two viewfinder windows into a single image connected to the camera’s distance setting.

This means that the Max delivers a purely analog focusing process for better focus accuracy, even if the work involved is slower than what you’d get from AF.
As a result of this manual focus process, users must control lens aperture settings from the M-mount lenses used with the Max instead of from the camera itself.
The Pixii Max is a fully modern camera despite its emphasis on manual settings. It includes a top OLED display that shows the camera’s current settings and delivers access to the camera’s settings menus.

Other external features of the Pixii Max include a cold shoe for mounting accessories, a ¼”-20 tripod socket along the camera’s bottom and a USB-C port for battery charging and file transfer to another device.
The Pixii Max will be available with internal storage in both 32GB and 128GB editions.
Pixii will launch the Pixii Max camera for preorder as of July 5 with an expected starting retail price of roughly $4,300 for the 32GB edition. The 128GB version will cost a bit more but we don’t know exactly how much at this point.

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