Phase One IQ250 is the “World’s First” 50MP Medium Format CMOS Digital Camera Back

Phase One IQ250 on Camera

Hasselblad shared some exciting news this week announcing a medium format DSLR with a CMOS sensor, but the digital back maker Phase One was not about to turn over and let the Swedish company steal the show. Today Phase One introduced the IQ250 calling it the world’s first CMOS-based medium format digital camera back. With a 50-megapixel 44x33mm sensor, the new digital back is the latest camera back to join Phase One’s family of IQ2 wireless enabled-camera systems.

Of course the big deal about IQ250is the large sensor size which is 68 percent larger than the image-capture real estate of any full-frame 35mm DSLR camera. On top of the large sensor capture images across a wide dynamic range of 14 f-stops and from ISO 100 to 6400.

The only thing that the Phase One IQ250 won’t win awards in is its 1.2 frames per second capture time but it’s not like this camera was made for sports. Instead the camera was made for photographer who needs to resolve high-resolution images without the pixel compaction of 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras.

The Phase One IQ250 is available now starting at $34,990. Check past the break for more specs and another look at the digital back.

Phase One IQ250

Phase One IQ250

  • 1.3 lens factor
  • 44.0 x 33.0 sensor size
  • 50 megapixel resolution
  • 8280 x 6208 active pixels
  • 5.3 x 5.3 micron pixel size
  • 100 – 6400 ISO range
  • 1/10000s – 60 min exposure time
  • 1.2 frames per second
  • 2 GB advanced high speed RAM image buffer
  • 3.2″ touch screen
  • 1.15 megapixels 290 ppi(dpi)
  • FireWire, USB2/USB3 ports
  • 2.4 Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi

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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Brooklyn.