Phase One Announces Full Frame Medium Format Camera

DMF Aug 19, 2008

While rummaging around the Photokina 2008 Press site (see link below), I came across this little tidbit. Phase One A/S1BA9EDDD-4C22-4471-8F43-489A051F4E2F.jpg (makers of medium format digital cameras/backs and the CaptureOne RAW Converter) have leapfrogged Hasselblad by releasing a 60.5 megapixel digital camera system!

Digital Medium Format cameras are fully upgradeable. Owners can update any of the system modules to keep their investment current. Such modularity comes with a price however. The Phase One P65+ digital back starts at $39,900 USD and the P65+ Camera System starts at $41,990.

So what does a camera that costs as much as a loaded Audi A4 bring to the table?

The Phase One P 65+ is the first digital back and camera system to take advantage of the new Sensor+ design and is the world’s first full-frame capture system based on actual 645 film format. The P 65+ provides the largest live capture area available with coverage of 53.9mm x 40.4mm – enabling full viewfinder coverage thus no need for lens magnification. “What you see is what you get.” The P 65+ sensor format provides 20 percent more live area compared to 39 or 50 Megapixel, 48mm x 36mm chips currently delivering or announced. Sensor resolution is 60.5 Megapixel with 8984 x 6732 active pixels achieving 180 MB, 8 bit RGB files.

In addition to offering the industry’s largest live capture area and highest resolution, the P 65+ offers captures at 1 frame per second, reduction of MoirĂ© artifacts, next generation Lens+ & Focus+ technologies and an unprecedented 12.5 f-stops of dynamic range.

Pros

  • Lots and lots of big pixels,
  • Buckets of dynamic range,
  • Total system upgradability

    Cons

  • Bulky
  • Price
  • Slow frame rate (1/sec)

    Press Release

    (Via Photokina Press Site.)

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