Here’s what images from a $63,000 camera look like

Nov 3, 2017

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Here’s what images from a $63,000 camera look like

Nov 3, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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What’s the most expensive camera you’ve ever had the chance to have in your hands? The Art of Photography’s Ted Forbes has tested the camera I think most of us will never have the chance to hold: a $63,000 Phase One XF medium format with the IQ3 monochrome back.

$63,000 is certainly quite a lot, but according to Ted, this camera setup is a game changer. With the 101 MP sensor and design to capture light past the visual spectrum, you’d expect a miracle from this setup. And judging from the video – the miracle is what you get.

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Ted edits the photos in Capture One and notes that Lightroom won’t open these files. As you can see, with this sensor, a lot of detail is retained both in very dark shadows and very bright highlights. The dynamic range is incredibly high, so this camera is also “very forgiving.” Ted demonstrates this by recovering blown out highlights in one of the photos, and the result really is impressive.

Low-light performance is another issue Ted addresses in the video. He shows off the capabilities of this setup at very high ISO. He took a photo of his cat by the window (you can see it around 9:20 of the video) and used ISO 12,800. When he zooms in, you can see that even in the shadows there’s no noise, which is incredible. I can’t even pull off ISO 800 without obvious noise. But I guess this is why my camera costs $500.

In the video, Ted tests out the IQ3 monochrome back. But since the backs are interchangeable, you can easily swap that out for a color back. If you have thousands of dollars to spend, though.

In the video, Ted also talks about the design and the interface of the camera, so you can get to know more of its features. While the camera and the digital back are really expensive, they still have their purpose and there are people investing in them. If you consider this would be an investment in your photography business, I believe this video is a useful preview. And for us regular folks, I think the video at least demonstrates what a $63,000 camera can do and why it costs so much. If you want to check out the photos and more details, make sure to watch the full video.

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11 responses to “Here’s what images from a $63,000 camera look like”

  1. Jon Ceballos Plus Avatar
    Jon Ceballos Plus

    iMEHges.
    See what I did there?

  2. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    This is pointless. A 63k usd camera is not intended to create images on a 5” screen in Facebook. Or a 12” screen, or a 27” screen. What is this article gonna show me? That iPhones and d859s and 109mp MF cameras produce the same quality fb pics on a phone?

  3. Bruce Kinnaird Scott Avatar
    Bruce Kinnaird Scott

    put me in an F1 car and i’m still a talentless bell end……

  4. Hans van Vrouwerf Avatar
    Hans van Vrouwerf

    Miauuuuw ?

  5. Lee Johnson Avatar
    Lee Johnson

    Even a 63k camera can’t produce a stunning composition or tell a story. That would be the user behind the cameras.

  6. Ashwin Vyas Avatar
    Ashwin Vyas

    Joseph Parry HELP. I’m thinking of selling my house…) ?

    1. Ashwin Vyas Avatar
      Ashwin Vyas

      Ha ha, just laughing. Reality is that I could have a better camera and lens and my pictures would still be crap.

  7. Paul Monaghan Avatar
    Paul Monaghan

    You can buy a Sigma sdQ and take out the IR filter to create images very much like in this video, it can also shoot in color too if you wish and costs as little as £700.

    Sure it’s not 100mp, can’t shoot high iso or missing the dynamic range of the phase one but it’s much cheaper, has great f1.8 zooms and has enough detail for very large prints.

    Just saying :)

  8. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Not impressed.

  9. Abdul Karim Avatar
    Abdul Karim

    I information you, You can buy digital alternative camera it’s help you put up.

  10. James West Avatar
    James West

    I’ll take two.