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The Crazy 150 megapixel camera: Phase one XT

Phase one XT is a beast of a camera with a 150-megapixel medium format sensor. Phase One basically built this camera around its pre-existing IQ4 Infinity Platform. This camera system is quite unique and is basically one of its kind when we talk in terms of image quality, specs and portability.


150-megapixel camera: Phase One XT

About Phase One

For those of you, who haven’t heard about Phase One cameras, Phase one is a Danish company which is specialised in high-end camera photography equipment. It’s headquarter is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since their inception in 1993, they have developed many high-end medium format based camera systems. They have even produced their own Raw processing software named as Capture One.

According to their official website, “Phase one is a world-leading provider of medium format digital photography systems and imaging solutions for professional photographers and industrial applications. Established in the early 1990s, Phase One is a true digital photography pioneer with a passionate commitment to image quality excellence and creative freedom.”

The main reason why they are not that popular when compared to other household names such as Nikon, Sony or canon is its cost only. According to Phase one, their cameras are definitely for those who really don’t like to make a lot of compromises with the picture quality.

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It is definitely one of the best cameras which money can buy right now. Phase One XT and XF are 2 of the most popular product in Phase One’s portfolio of high-end medium format based camera systems.

Phase One XT

The XT system is priced at 56,990 USD which when converted to Indian rupees, turns out to be a little more than INR 40 lakhs.

According to Phase One, Phase one XT is built with the best of everything possible. It’s is a travel-friendly design considering its features, quality and an intuitive design it offers. 

Key features of  the XT Camera system which integrates components of highest quality: 

  1. The Phase One IQ4 I50 mp IQ4 150mp Achromatic or IQ4 150mP Trichromatic. 
  2. XT camera body built exclusively for the Phase One IQ4. It features irritative ergonomics and straightforward controls, including the dual-action shutter button, which is designed to support future expansion and customization.
  3. Three lenses manufactured by Pause One’s strategic Partners Rodenstock.
  4. The XT Camera system takes full advantage of Rodenstock lenses with 24mm shift on both the X and Y-axis. The shift movement allows the photographer to correct perspective distortion. 
  5. It can also be used to create panoramic stitched images at tremendous scale resolution. 
  6. Phase One XT Camera body intelligently integrates the shift position in the title image file for later refer.

Lenses to use with phase on XT

There are 3 rockenstock lenses available in the market now to be used with Phase One XT system.

  1. XT HR 70mm f5.6
  2. XT HR 32mm f4.0
  3. XT HR 23mm f5.6

These lenses offer 24mm shift movement on the X and Y axis, this feature can be used by photographers to correct perspective distortion.

The price of these lenses ranges between 9000 USD to 12000 USD each.

Phase One XT
Phase One XT

Conclusion:

Looking at its specifications and the cost, phase one XT is not a camera which is meant to capture images at a kitty party or some other small function. It’s not that it can, but it doesn’t really make sense to me. 

This camera is basically for professionals who actually want the best quality out of there images or the end clients want them to capture the best quality and most accurately coloured images for their project. This setup can also prove to be a blessing for landscape photographers because of its high scale/resolution images and portable size. So this Phase One camera might not be for you to use but you can check the list of budget cameras by clicking here.

Hey, I am a photographer and a blogger based out of Lucknow. I love to travel and capture photographs, that's why I started this blog with an aim to share my experiences and tips which I have acquired by travelling.

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