Phase One Announces New 100MP Medium Format Sony Sensor and 100MP Aerial Cameras

Jan 3, 2016

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Phase One Announces New 100MP Medium Format Sony Sensor and 100MP Aerial Cameras

Jan 3, 2016

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Kicking off 2016 with a bang, Phase One announced a new 100mp full frame 645 medium format sensor.

The sensor was designed together with Sony, and will be used in the new 100MP Phase One XF camera system.

No to be confused with the standard full-frame sensor, this one got its name simply as it’s not a cropped 645 sensor. Don’t worry about mixing them up, though, as the price will quickly remind you this is a medium format camera.

The Phoblographer states the following features for the new camera system:

  • 16 bit color
  • 15 stops of dynamic range
  • Live view via HDMI
  • ISO range of 50-12,800
  • Exposure time up to 50 minutes
  • 101,082,464 active high quality pixels
  • Seismographic shutter delay
  • Honeybee autofocus
  • Vibration tracking
  • Electronic first curtain shutter

I can’t quantify what exactly Phase One means by ‘high quality’ pixels, but at $490 per megapixel, or $48,990, those pixels are probably pretty darn awesome.

In another pre-CES 2016 announcement, Phase One also shared the new iXU 1000 (RGB) and iXU-R 1000 (near infrared – NIR) aerial cameras. According to Phase One, the iXU cameras are “the world’s smallest and lightest integrated digital medium format aerial cameras“, and weighing in at just 930 grams (body only), it’s easy to see why.

iXU1000-R_iXU1000

The NIR model is basically the same camera with dedicated optical glass added over the sensor.

Other features include:

  • 11,608 pixels in cross track coverage
  • ISO range of 50-6,400
  • Capture rate up to 0.95 seconds per frame
  • Direct connectivity with FMS, GPS/IMU
  • Files include IMU and GPS data
  • USB 3.0 connection to host computer
  • Synchronized shutter release for multiple camera installation
  • Internal storage: support up to 128 GB CF card
  • Choice of six Schneider-Kreuznach lenses with central leaf shutters
  • Industrial designed with robust camera connectivity to stabilized mounts
  • Secure lens bayonet

It will be interesting to see if DJI will be releasing a competitor for these cameras, considering its recent acquisition of a minority stake in Hasselblad.

[via The Phoblographer]

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3 responses to “Phase One Announces New 100MP Medium Format Sony Sensor and 100MP Aerial Cameras”

  1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
    Gvido Mūrnieks

    So, in 35mm, Full frame is whole 24x36mm frame, and everything smaller, like aps-c is cropped.
    Now, in medium format, full frame is now cropped 6×4.5cm – not 6×6, or 6x9cm.
    Makes perfect sense!

    1. Eddy Kamera Avatar
      Eddy Kamera

      I think the full frame reference is relative to the original lens coverage. We refer APS-C sensor as cropped because although it uses 35mm format lenses, not the whole projection image is covered. It is essentially cropping the image, thus the term “cropped sensor”. So this new PhaseOne sensor is a full frame sensor, relative to 6 x 4.5 lenses.

      1. Gvido Mūrnieks Avatar
        Gvido Mūrnieks

        So, when I put aps-c lens on my aps-c camera – it becomes a full frame?
        :/