Phase One XF 100MP – The First 100 MegaPixel Medium Format camera

Yesterday Phase One introduced the XF 100MP – the world’s first 100 megapixel medium camera. Today the company also published the above short video which gives a first look at the new camera.

Unlike the previous IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back from Phase One, which had a relatively small sensor (for a medium format camera) with about 44mm over 33mm in size (compare this to a 35mm sensor which has 36mm over 24mm and you understand what MF means). The new XF 100MP is more or less as large as they come – 53.7mm x 40.4mm.

If this isn’t enough, Sony doubled the resolution and to top everything down it also improved the sensitivity by one full stop (officially at least). All of this comes at a price (a very high one – see below), but this camera/back is intended to be the ultimate high resolution camera for the higher tier of professional photographers around the world (although others might just as well rent it for a specific project and enjoy all these benefits without breaking the bank).

The new XF 100MP – super size sensor with super resolution


Here are some of the new futures of the XF 100MP:

  • New 101MP CMOS sensor (made by Sony), 53.7 x 40.4mm size 11,608 x 8708 pixels.
  • ISO – 50-12,800 (one stop more than the 50MP Sony sensor).
  • 16 bit color.
  • Dynamic range – 15 stops.
  • Maximum exposure – 60 min.
  • Firewire 400/800 / USB 3.0.

As for pricing, the camera body, back and 80mm Schneider Kreuznach lens (~50mm equivalent) will cost $49,000 (the back with the new sensor cost most of the money here).

Alexia Sinclair on using the XF 100MP


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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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