Object of Desire: Phase One iXU 150

June 6, 2014

By Dan Havlik

If you want to shoot professional-quality aerial photos with a drone, let’s face it, a GoPro just ain’t gonna cut it. Yes, there are ways to rig up higher quality compact cameras and even DSLRs onto a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), but if you’re going to go there, why not aim higher? For those key aerial assignments, you may want to splurge on Phase One Industrial’s iXU 150, which, at the time of this writing, was the world’s smallest and lightest integrated, digital, medium-format camera. The iXU’s relatively compact, magnesium camera body weighs just over 1.65 pounds (excluding a lens), which is 30 percent lighter than an aluminum chassis. Inside, the iXU is fitted with the same Sony-made, 50-megapixel, medium- format, CMOS sensor as is used in Phase One’s IQ250 digital back, which we reviewed favorably earlier this year. Image quality, even at higher ISOs (it can shoot from Iso 100 to 6400) is exceptional, making it possible to capture quality images even in low light. Pair it with compatible Schneider-Kreuznach lenses—which come in 28mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm, 150mm and 240mm focal lengths—and you will blow your competitor’s aerial photos out of the water.

Price: $40,000

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