60MP is the new 50MP

Phase One has announced its new 60MP P65+ medium-format digital camera back.

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Less than two weeks ago, Kodak announced its new 50MP medium-format sensor , and only a few days ago Hasselblad announced its H3DII-50 camera based on it. The Hasselblad H3DII-50 became the highest resolution digital camera back, but it didn't last long; it was a short stay at the top.

Phase One has now announced its P65+ digital backand P65+ camera system with a whopping 60MP sensor. It is the first full-frame 645 film-format-sized sensor, measuring 40.4mm by 53.9mm. The current crop of 39MP backs, and the new Hasselblad 50MP back, measure 36mm by 48mm. Having a full-frame sensor means no lens magnification, allowing photographers to make full use of wide-angle lenses. The sensor yields an 8984x6732 pixel, 180MB 8-bit file. The P65+ has an ISO range from 50-800, and an exposure time range from 1/4000 of a second to one minute. The P65+ is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2008, with prices starting at $39,900 for the P65+ back, and $41,900 for the P65+ camera system.

About the author

    Matthew Fitzgerald, a CNET associate editor, has been involved with digital camera technology and the photo industry for more than 15 years. His background includes work as a professional photographer, a technical representative, and a repair technician.


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