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Phase One Introduces First CMOS-based Medium Format Camera

By Adam Kuzik on January 24th 2014

COPENHAGEN, January 24, 2014 — Phase One introduced today the world’s first CMOS-based medium format digital camera back. The new Sony-builit 50-megapixel IQ250 brings unprecedented image capture flexibility to the IQ2 family of high-end camera systems. The Phase One IQ250 lets photographers capture stunning imagery in available light — virtually anywhere, at any time.


With a sensor size of 44 x 33mm, the Phase One IQ250 is a whopping 68% larger than even high-end conventional full-frame SLRs like the Nikon D800 or Canon 5D Mark III. With the widest usable ISO range of any medium format camera system, the IQ250 also boasts a phenomenal 14 f-stops of dynamic range.

[REWIND: Hasselblad Teases H5D-50c, World’s First MF CMOS Sensor Camera]


At the time of writing this post, pricing information online was is a bit sparse, however CNET is reporting that the Phase One IQ250 (back only) will come in at $34,990 USD.

Other exciting spec’s include: ISO up to 6,400 and exposures as short at 1/10,000″ and as long as 1 hour. The Phase One IQ250 will have a crop factor of 1.3 compared to their full sized sensors.

Phase One Camera

I made the switch to Phase One a few months ago and it has changed the way I photograph! As a wedding and portrait photographer, the introduction of extended use capabilities in a Medium Format Digital Camera is extremely exciting and I can’t wait to get my hands on this back! Check out this latest video from Phase One and get excited about this camera:

[Via @Phase One and @CNET]

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Adam Kuzik is the founder and owner of Studio 35 Photography + Video based near Calgary, Canada. He is a professional wedding and commercial photographer as well as an industry educator.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    Really an amazing imaging machine!

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  2. Jacob Jexmark

    Kidney for sale! ;)

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  3. Gideon

    ISO 6400 is amazing? I find that comment a bit odd, but other than that, I would really love to lay my hands on one of these puppies.

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    • Adam Kuzik

      For Digital Medium Format, which has historically been a CCD sensor, ISO 6400 is a breakthrough. Shooting a Phase is totally a different experience than shooting a DSLR and the new extended capabilities will allow photographers all sorts of new possibilities.

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  4. Rob

    I thought Hasselblad announced theirs three days ago?
    I’d still stand in line for the Phase though :), thanks to more realistic lens pricing and options.

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    • Bryan

      Yes, I saw the Hasselblad announcement and thought “Hey, they are doing something new that is not a Sony camera repackaged!”.

      Then I read this article and have to assume that the Sony sensor in this Phase One is going to be the same one Hasselblad is using. I feel like Sony should just buy them and get it over with.

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