Phase One Industrial’s New iXU-R Cameras Are Built for Drones

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If there’s anything I remember from Toy Story, it’s that I should reach for the sky, which is exactly what Phase One is aiming for with its new line of cameras. The iXU-R series is the latest in Phase One Industrial’s cache of medium-format digital cameras for aerial photography, and it comes in three varieties: 80-MP, 60-MP and 60-MP achromatic. As you can see in the picture above, it is literally a box with a lens, and it comes with three dedicated Phase One Rodenstock lenses (40mm, 50mm and 70mm). They’re also USB 3.0 compatible.

The idea behind these cameras is impressive specs in a lightweight package because if there’s anything you need to cut down on with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it’s weight. So, if you’re a film director looking to get high-res imagery of the fjords in Norway, know that this camera, whichever one you get, will deliver.

To illustrate what this series can do, the iXU-R 180 (that’s the 80-MP version) can provide 10,823 pixels of cross-track coverage (read: 10,832 pixels on the long edge), and it’s small enough to fit on your average gimbal. It can also connect with any GPS systems you might be using so that you can accurately capture and transfer data.

Who might use these? Filmmakers, definitely. Amateur pilots in Cessnas who’d love to make some landscapes from the sky. Drone enthusiasts. You know the ones who make those nifty aerial videos of their local beach. Governments, probably.

We estimate these will be very expensive. Stay tuned!

Phase One Ships Out a New 80MP A280 and more A-series Cameras

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Phase One has introduced an all-new line of A-series cameras working together with camera and lens maker, Alpa technology. The new A-series consists of three new camera bodies including the A250, A260, and A280.

The new cameras are based on ALPA’s 12TC mirrorless body. However, each camera is noticeably different from the other. The A280 for instance is a full-frame 645 resolution monster with an 80MP sensor. Meanwhile, the Phase One A260 is equipped with a still admirable 60MP full sensor and capable of hour-long exposures. Lastly, the A250 has a (you guessed it) 50MP medium format sensor plus the ability to stream Live View wireless to an iOS device.

Otherwise the three camera bodies come kitted with a 35mm Rodenstock Alpar lens. Users can also pick up two other available Alpa HR Alpagon lenses including an ultra-side 23 mm or the all around 70mm.

The cameras are available now with the Phase One A250 starting at $47,000, the A260 for $48,000, while the A280 rings up for whopping $55,000. Pricing for the optional Alpa HR Alpagon lenses comes to $9,070 for the 23mm f5.6 and $4,520 for the 70mm f5.6 lens.

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