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Phase One teases latest XT camera system

Phase One XT
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Phase One recently added a video teaser (opens in new tab) onto its YouTube channel which has got us all guessing. The 19-second clip suggests that the company is announcing an update to its XT camera system next week.

"We have some exciting news for our XT camera. Stay tuned!" And that's all we really find out from the teaser, alongside seeing some dark and dramatic visuals with some equally dramatic music. Since the video went live, the internet has come alive with Phase One enthusiasts trying to work out what the new model could be or feature.

DPReview (opens in new tab) thought that it noticed a silver knob on the top of the lens, which could add some more pronounced tilt-shit functionality. Mirrorless Rumors (opens in new tab) simple asks: "The big question is if this will be their first mirrorless camera…"

Phase One

(Image credit: Phase One)

What is Phase One's XT camera system?

There are currently two camera models in the Phase One XT lineup; the Phase One XT IQ4 150MP (opens in new tab) and Phase One XT IQ4 150MP Achromatic – a camera that's designed to excel at timeless black and white photography.

While Phase One's XF camera range is suited for studio photographers, the XT cameras are for field use – landscape and documentary work. 

The original Phase One XT 150MP medium format system camera (which we last reviewed back in 2019) combined Phase One’s ultra-high resolution IQ4 digital back system with a trio of lenses from renowned optics maker Rodenstock via a super slimline XT camera body. 

Our overall verdict was generally: cool camera, luxurious price tag ($56,990 to be more precise). Phase One's next body is likely to be the same when it comes to the cost, but that won't put off photographers who want or need it. To know what the new XT camera system has in store for sure, we'll have to wait for the (hopefully) full announcement next week.

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Lauren Scott
Lauren Scott

Lauren is the Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, having previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) magazine, a practical-focused publication that inspires hobbyists and seasoned pros alike to take truly phenomenal shots and get the best results from their kit. 


An experienced photography journalist who has been covering the industry for over eight years, she has also served as technique editor for both PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and DCW's sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)


In addition to techniques and tutorials that enable you to achieve great results from your cameras, lenses, tripods and other photography equipment, Lauren can regularly be found interviewing some of the biggest names in the industry, sharing tips and guides on subjects like landscape and wildlife photography, and raising awareness for subjects such as mental health and women in photography.