The Pixii 2023 digital rangefinder camera is the first to use a 64-bit processor, making it a next-level software-defined camera. For some time, the France-based company has been creating various versions of the Pixii rangefinder, beginning with the M-mount camera it first revealed in 2018. In September 2021, the company added an interactive viewfinder after years of design revisions.
In the 2023 edition, Pixii included a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A55 CPU with a dual-core OpenCL 2.0 GPU, 768 threads, and up to 7GPixels/second. It also features dedicated NPU and VPU cores. The 64-bit CPU can resolve finer details and smoother transitions, making this the first color camera to take genuine monochrome DNGs.
According to Pixii, the improvements enable the camera to fully use computational photography and couple it with the 26-megapixel APS-C sensor (the same sensor Pixii has been using for a few years). In addition, the 2023 Pixii camera includes a new remote live view mode that allows photographers to manipulate exposure, focus and composition with direct feedback on a connected smartphone via the company’s app.
“Pixii reacts immediately to adjust the exposure with the new processor,” the company says. “Storage speed gets a huge boost also: capture photos at the speed of a click. The increased buffer gets barely noticeable but it’s there anyway, just in case you need it. Pixii now also supports Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) for ultra-fast wireless transfers.”
Overall, Pixii claims that the 2023 camera can process images five to ten times faster than previous models and transport data up to three times faster. According to the business, the 64-bit processor also operates quicker and cooler, allowing it to double the battery life of the previous generation in regular mode and wring out an additional 25% more battery when switched to Eco mode.
The new Pixii Camera (2023, model A2572) costs $2,800 and will ship to pre-orders on December 19.
More info on Pixii’s website.