Now you can buy the wonderful Phase One XC medium format camera body only

Phase One XC
(Image credit: Phase One)

The Phase One XC is a remarkable handheld medium format camera capable of breathtaking 150MP medium format quality either in full color or true black and white, thanks to its choice of IQ4 regular and ‘Achromatic’ digital backs. But if you already shoot with Phase One gear, the XC has previously been an expensive addition because you end up getting another digital back when you’ve got one (or more) already.

Not any more. Phase One is now selling the XC camera body-only. That doesn’t mean quite the same thing as it does with regular cameras, though. The XC ‘body’ actually consists of the camera itself and an integrated Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm F/5.6 wide-angle prime. The lens doesn’t detach, but this camera’s digital back does.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at