The New Zeiss Ikon Mark III

It is all in my head. There is no such a camera. So, lets clear few things up. This is the third iteration of a concept camera. The first one can be found here, the second one can be found here, and this is the third one.

There has been many technological break through since the design of the mark II concept. The biggest break through is the blockchain technology, and the second break through is low power, ultra fast 5 nm CPUs designed at the edge of quantum tunneling.

Before I move further, I would like to park for few lines and discuss the new Sony a9. Anyone who is following the latest cameras knows that the a9 is capable of shooting at 20 frames per second in full resolution. This is 24 megapixel short movie. Each frame is properly focused, exposed and captured. Although I am not a fan of speed shooting but if you haven’t tried the a9 yet I think you should. The decisive moment of Henry Cartier Bresson is a history. Not really but easy to capture.

The a9 is capable of such performance because of fast, low power consumption CPU and a stacked sensor with high readouts and built in memory. Try to conceptualize a camera with the same sensor and not one but two of these CPUs. One is dedicated to image processing and the second is to perform the remaining tasks. Such architecture will reduce if not eliminate post processing because on such camera you can process the image in the viewfinder in real time. Imagine photoshop built into the camera with layered effects in real time. You can immediately see how the photo will look before you click the shutter. The post processing becomes pre-processing. This eliminates the visualization process, coupled with 20 frames per second shooting and you get yourself a camera “like no other” except it is a Zeiss 🙂 It is important to note that the file format stored is still in raw format without the effect layers you have added, however these effect layers are stored alongside the raw file in a separate file similar to what adobe raw engine does with XMP files. This is needed just in case you decide later on to change your pre-processing and go back to the original capture and execute a different post processing.

One advantage of such a camera would be to build your own signature in it and see the photo the way you usually like it to be seen during capture time. Most of us photographers have unconsciously created a pre-defined recipe for post processing. At least for the first few tweaks tends to be consistent across all photos we capture. That is usually what our signature consists of along with framing , subject matters… etc.

The Zeiss has a built in 3G network and connects with a blockchain back end whenever it is needed. One of the main properties of the blockchain technology is the “proof of ownership”. If you own a BitCoin, it is yours. No one else has it. It is yours and it cannot be duplicated otherwise you will be able to double spend it. This blockchain however connects to a TSA (Time Stamping Authority) and accepts a unique signature of any photo you take and officially timestamp the upload. Such a technology will allow a photographer to immediately copyright a photo once it is taken straight from the camera. Any pro or enthusiast photographer will appreciate the advantage of such a system. The photo, its signature and the EXIF data which includes the serial number of your camera will be encrypted and passed through to the blockchain/storage servers for instant copyrighting.