With more and more DSLRs, and even mirrorless cameras, boasting sensors around the 50MP mark, some photographers have remarked on the “approaching medium format” quality of modern 35mm-equivalents.
Well, Phase One (opens in new tab) has just drawn a line in the sand with its announcement of three new IQ4 (opens in new tab) medium format Camera Systems – two of which boast gargantuan 150MP sensors, along with gargantuan price tags.
The XF IQ4 150MP Achromatic delivers 151 megapixels at a price of $54,990 (£42,614), with the slightly cheaper XF IQ4 150MP offering 151 megapixels for $51,990 USD (£40,290), while the XF IQ4 100MP Trichromatic gives you a comparatively conservative 100 megapixels for $47,990 (£37,189).
If you’re keeping track, that works out at about $344 (£267) per MP.
On top of the raw horsepower, though, the new Camera Systems also boast ‘Capture One Inside’. Essentially, the core of the Capture One (opens in new tab) editing software has been integrated directly into the new IQ4 models, which are built on the new and expandable Infinity Platform.
This enables a new degree of in-camera editing that was previously only possible using Capture One on a computer. On top of improved processing, live view and frame rates, the IQ4 also features Wireless, USB-C and ethernet tethering – it’s now possible to directly interface with all manner of hard drives, NAS storage and network solutions.
Whether you’d rather own a Jaguar F-Type for the same money, or even a dozen fully kitted Nikon Z7 (opens in new tab)s, is another matter. There’s no arguing, though, that the IQ4 is the new king in terms of megapixel muscle and is the premier professional tool.
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