New Gear: Phase One XF 100MP Is 100 Megapixels of Medium Format Camera

16-bit color and massive megapixels make this one of the most powerful digital cameras around

Phase One XF 100MP Medium Format Camera

2015 was a pretty good year if you're a fan of cameras with lots of megapixels. Turns out 2016 is starting off the same way with Phase One's new 100MP XF camera system. Inside is a brand new 645 medium format sensor with a 100-megapixel resolution.

As the announcement says, this new camera has a “full-frame medium format sensor,” which means it’s the same size as the image captured by a 645 format film camera. Some other digital medium format cameras use cropped sensors that are slightly smaller, giving MF lenses a crop factor.

In addition to the massive resolution, the 100MP also claims 15-stops of dynamic range with 16-bit color. Because it’s a CMOS sensor rather than a CCD like older high-res medium format cameras, it has an ISO range of 50 up to 12,800. Also included is the new Honeybee AF system.

Phase One XF 100MP Medium Format Camera

The 16-bit files are actually captured in a brand new file format called IIQ L 16 bit and it creates some pretty massive files. You can download a full-res TIFF example of one of the files from the Phase One site and it checks in a very healthy 701 MB. That’s for a single image.

As you might expect, the 100MP is a serious investment. You can expect to pay just over $48,000 if you want to buy one. However, this is the kind of thing most photographers typically rent for a specific shoot that really requires this kind of firepower. Or you’re a billionaire. They get to have all the cool toys.

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