Phase One is the first manufacturer to use the medium format 100-megapixel Sony backside-illuminated (BSI) 44x33mm sensor inside a dedicated drone camera, called the iXM 100MP. The company also announced four new RSM leaf-shutter lenses to accompany the iXM camera, two fixed-focus 35mm and 80mm lenses, and two motorized-focus 80mm and 150mm lenses.

A medium format sensor for your drone camera

The backside-illumination design of the sensor increases light sensitivity and expands the dynamic range. Phase One calls it

“a breakthrough aerial camera platform driven by the world’s fastest medium-format imaging sensor.”

The specifications of the camera are:

  • ISO range of 50-6400
  • a dynamic range of 83dB
  • weatherproofing (IP53 compliant)
  • temperature tolerance of -10°C to 40°C
  • continuous shooting speed of 3fps
  • Phase One RSM lens mount
  • USB3 and Ethernet 10G ports,
  • HDMI out
  • XQD memory card storage
  • 14-bit RAW images
  • an infrared cutoff filter
  • the weight is 1.38 pounds (630g).

The camera and lens setup is aimed at commercial use such as inspections and mapping. As you may expect the Phase One 1XM 100MP camera does not come cheap. The camera itself will go for $40,000 and each individual lens will cost you an extra $10,000. The same sensor will also make its way into other Sony, Fuji and Hasselblad cameras in the near future.

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