Phase One iXU 150 Medium Format Camera is Small Enough to Take to The Skies


Looking to take drone photography to new heights, Phase One has announced the iXU 150: a pint-sized CMOS medium format camera that has been designed with aerial photography in mind.

Featuring a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor, the iXU 150 will be able to shoot at 0.8fps between the ISO range of 100-6400 and is billed as the, “World’s Smallest and Lightest Integrated Digital Medium Format Aerial Camera.”

By replacing the more common aluminum body with a magnesium one, the iXU 150 has stripped away 30% of the weight its flightless predecessors carry around, making it idea for the kind of UAV (read: drone) photography that has gotten to be so popular these days.

Of course, with the starting price of $40,000 when it gets released and no word on exactly HOW heavy this thing is, it’s unlikely the camera will end up in many typical consumers’ hands. World’s lightest or not, as PopPhoto points out, chances are good you’ll be needing something a bit more powerful than your DJI Phantom to lug this thing around.

(via PopPhoto)

  • 342342d

    looks like the new canon….

  • James

    Yep, with a hand photoshopped in underneath.

  • Björn Lubetzki

    That’s exactly was I was thinking.

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  • Tonp

    I doubt anyone who could afford one of these would be interested in strapping it to a Phantom toy anyway ;)

  • Oj0

    Wasn’t Canon going to buy Phase One?

  • Cynical Bloke

    This is a new version of an old model, so the canon looks like the phase one.

  • seoras

    Does it have supersonic wave dust removal system ? If it doesn’t then I’m not interested. Fail. Imagine cleaning that sensor.

  • Binoy Mishra

    Exactly my thought..

  • Ilia Sibiryakov

    oh my god A MIRRORLESSS!!!!

  • jacktheflipper

    Awesome piece. Sascha Hojzakowa | Jack the Flipper