Phase One XC compact camera with 23mm Rodenstock and IQ4 150 digital back.
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Phase One announces Phase One XC fixed-lens camera

Phase One has introduced the Phase One XC, a fixed-lens camera with a Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 lens and a choice of IQ4 150 colour or Achromatic (monochrome) digital back. The camera retails at $62,500, or £48,689, plus Tax.

In the past, the IQ4 150 Achromatic has always been priced above the “standard” colour IQ4 150 digital back, so it’s unclear at this time whether that’s offered as an extra incentive or if there will be a price adjustment later.

The Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 is a 15mm equivalent (with an equivalent F3.5 DOF) so it’s ideal for interiors and architecture, albeit without the shift movements of the Phase One XT or Cambo equivalent – the XT body is made in collaboration with Cambo.

Although I’ve read a few commentators on the web saying the back is fixed, I don’t believe that to be the case. From the photographs, the back is shown complete with the release button and safety slider. As a complementary body to the Phase One XT, or even a Phase One XF,  it makes a lot more sense. That is if it’s available without the back; it’s not clear from the press release if that’s the case.

What is certain is that the Phase One developed X-shutter on the Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6, an electronically controlled mechanical shutter (which is tested for 500,000 actuations; an incredible feat for a leaf or “central-type” shutter) requires an IQ4 series digital back. It is still early days but I expect the XC to be available as a “body only” option. Those with an IQ3 digital back (or earlier) won’t be able to benefit directly, however, generous trade-in allowances are available.

Teamwork Photo, a UK-based Phase One authorised dealer, lists the incredible 150 MP IQ4 150 at an equally incredible £35,450 plus VAT. However, if you have an IQ3 50 to trade in, for example, the price falls to a more “manageable” £23,630 plus VAT, a saving of £11,820 plus VAT (correct at the time of publishing). More details can be found at the Teamwork Photo site.

In many ways, the XC reminds me of the Phase One A-series cameras that were a collaboration with Alpa. Those cameras were available with a choice of lens, so it’s not inconceivable to think that if the XC is successful others with different (i.e. longer focal length) lenses might be offered in the future.

More information can be found at the Phase One site.

Phase One Authorised Dealers

Teamwork Photo (UK)

Digital Transitions (US)


Introducing The Phase One XC: Unveiling Unparalleled Image Quality with This New Travel-Friendly Camera

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, (June 27, 2023) — Phase One has announced the XC Camera, purpose-built for travel photographers who demand the finest in image quality. Designed for convenience, the XC is Phase One’s most compact digitally integrated camera to date.

“We’ve designed the XC Camera to be a companion camera,” said Drew Altdoerffer, VP of Digitization, Phase One. “With its compact size, operational simplicity, and super wide angle of view, the XC Camera can be always by your side and at the ready. You can carry the camera anywhere to capture anything at any time, recording inspiration as it strikes.”

The XC Camera combines Phase One’s IQ4 150MP power and performance (built on a true full-frame medium format digital sensor of the highest quality) with a fully integrated Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 lens.

The XC prioritizes unparalleled image quality in a simplified and compact design. It is conveniently sized and remarkably intuitive to use. Crafted for straightforward operation, the Phase One XC frees the photographer to focus on capturing the moment, less on camera settings.

“The compelling thing about the XC is that all I have to do is reach into my equipment rack and pack it into the smallest of bags, and I’m ready for any photographic adventure,” said Thomas Biasotto, Professional Photographer, Alpinist and Author.

Phase One’s ability to dedicate camera designs to the demands and desires of a specific application makes the blend of sensible Danish design, advanced technology integration, exceptional image quality, and precision mechanics a superior foundation for the travel photographer.

Technology in a class of its own

The XC Camera is designed around the highest quality components available:

  1. The XC Camera has been built exclusively for the Phase One IQ4 150MP (or IQ4 150 MP Achromatic) – featuring the Infinity Platform, supporting innovation, and evolving technology. It offers elegant ergonomics and straightforward controls.
  2. The XC Camera includes an integrated Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 manufactured by Phase One’s strategic partner Rodenstock. Integrated with the X-Shutter — an intelligently controlled electromagnetic shutter — born from Phase One’s Geospatial applications.

Availability and Pricing

The XC Camera is available now in limited quantities through Phase One Partners worldwide.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the XC Camera is $62,490. It is sold with a 5-year limited warranty, including unlimited lens actuations for the warranty period.

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