Phase One’s New IXU 150 is Designed for Drone Use

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Phase One just came out with something designed for UAVs–and it’s bound to capture loads of details. Today, the company announced their brand new IXU 150 with a 50MP CMOS sensor. The camera boasts 8280 pixels cross- track coverage–which means that it’s getting a lot more out of each image than a full frame DSLR can. Plus the sensor can shoot from ISO 100 to 6400. The camera uses magnesium and therefore is also said to be 30% lighter than aluminum designs. Beyond that, the Phase One iXU 150 will be available in either visible light or Near-IR configurations. Years ago, what the Army used to do is use Infrared films like Aerochrome in drones. That film turned all greens into a pink/purple and as we’ve seen recently in music videos you can totally get that look again.

The camera uses the company’s Schneider-Kreuznach lenses, which when we tested out years ago we weren’t so crazy about.  The camera will start shipping in July. The Phase One iXU 150 has a list price of $40,000 USD. That means that mere mortals won’t be getting their hands on this camera unless they’re on a trust fund and live in an area where drone flight isn’t illegal.