Phase One’s 150MP XC compact medium format camera costs $62,490

Jun 28, 2023

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Phase One’s 150MP XC compact medium format camera costs $62,490

Jun 28, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Phase One has announced its new 150-megapixel Phase One XC (buy here). As medium format cameras go, it’s pretty compact, and Phase One says it’s targeted specifically towards travel photographers. With a price tag of $62,490, though, it’s well outside the budgets of most travel photographers.

Obviously, Phase One doesn’t expect to sell this one in huge volumes. But its compact design, which Phase One says is its “most compact digitally integrated camera to date”, does lend itself well to such work.

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The Phase One XC, the company says, is “designed to be a companion camera”. And I don’t think they mean this to suggest that it be a secondary camera to another “main” camera. Instead, they want the camera to become your companion, going with you everywhere.

Phase One XC – Small, but not that small

Sure, it’s much smaller than other Phase One cameras, and many Phase One photographers will probably be able to justify squeezing one of these into their bag to take around with them, but it’s still a medium-format camera. So, it’s not going to be super compact.

It doesn’t do too badly, though, when it comes to size. From the front, it’s quite similar to the Hasselblad X2D 100C (buy here). Of course, it has a much greater depth, being a little over twice as thick from front-to-back. And you could get eight of those Hasselblad X2D 100C cameras for the price of just one of these.

At 1.82kg, it’s also quite a hefty camera. Again, it’s more than double both the Hasselblad X2D 100C’s 895g and the 900g of the Fujifilm GFX 100S (buy here). As I mentioned, though, for Phase One shooters, this is still pretty compact when compared to the company’s other camera systems.

A sample image created with the Phase One XC.

You’ve got two different options for backs on this camera, which are the Phase One IQ4 150MP and IQ4 150MP Achromatic. The latter of the two, of course, is if you plan to only ever shoot black and whites.

Built-in fixed 23mm f/5.6 lens

The Phase One XC has a built-in Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 lens. It stops down to f/22 and has a filter diameter of 72mm. As a built-in lens, it can’t be swapped out for others as your needs suit.

This lens is also available separately for use with other cameras, where it’s listed as having a 112° field of view and a massive 70mm image circle. Exactly what field of view this lens offers when built into the Phase One CX is unspecified, but listings for the lens on its own suggest that it’s the equivalent of an 18mm lens on full frame.

Phase One XC Specs

IQ4IQ4 Achromatic
Resolution151MP151MP
Long Exposures60 Mins60 Mins
16-Bit Opticolor+YesYes
Dynamic Range15 Stops15 Stops
ISO50-25,600200-102,400
Sensor TypeBSI CMOSBSI CMOS
Sensor Size53.4 x 40mm53.4 x 40mm
Pixel dimensions14,204 x 10,65214,204 x 10,652
Output at 300PPI120.26 x 90.19cm120.26 x 90.19cm
Shooting Speed2fps2fps
LCD3.2″ Multi-touch display3.2″ Multi-touch display
Electronic ShutterYesYes
USB-CYesYes
Gigabit EthernetYesYes
802.11 WiFiYesYes
HDMIYesYes

Price and Availability

The Phase One XC is available now for the whopping price of $62,490 from the Phase One Website.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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One response to “Phase One’s 150MP XC compact medium format camera costs $62,490”

  1. Michael Elliott Avatar
    Michael Elliott

    Sign me up, I’ll take 20!

    Seriously though, outside of people with more money than sense, who is actually going to buy this? It doesn’t offer massively more over significantly cheaper offerings, certainly not 18x more value.

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