Gone are the days when all cameras make use of film that needs to be developed before one can see the moment that it has captured. The rapid development of technology has led to the rise of the digital camera that would allow you to immediately review the shot that had just been taken. From single-lens reflex to medium-format to panoramic views, digital cameras have taken over the photography market. Here now is a list of the top 10 most expensive digital cameras.
10. Sony Alpha A99 – $3,300
The Sony Alpha A99 is the flagship digital single lens reflex of the Sony group. Photos taken with it have a resolution of 24.3 megapixels. Sony also developed a new full frame CMOS sensor for this model. The Alpha A99 has the SLT technology that features an electronic viewfinder instead of the ordinary optical kind. This allows the viewfinder to have a resolution of 2.4 million dots that, along with the OLED technology, makes it one of the best in the market.
9. Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $3,900
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III boasts of a 22.3 megapixel resolution coming from a full frame CMOS sensor. It also incorporates the DIGIC 5+ image process of Canon. The camera has a 61-point AF module and a wide ISO range from 100 to 25,600, which is further expandable to 102,400. It is also capable of full high definition movie recording. Its numerous shooting options is backed up by one of the best image quality from any digital single lens reflex in the market.
8. Nikon D4 – $6,000
The Nikon D4 has been touted as one of the fastest professional cameras around that is particularly suited for sports or action photography. It has a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor in the FX format that, along with the EXPEED 3 processor, allows for up to 11 frames per second. It has an ISO range of 100 and 12,800 in full, half or third stops. The camera has 51 AF points.
7. Pentax 645D – $10,000
The Pentax 645D is a medium format digital camera that can deliver a 40 megapixel image quality and ultra high resolution images for even the largest print sizes. Its 44 x 33 mm CCD sensor has a top resolution of 7264 x 5440, thus allowing for extreme flexibility when cropping an image. It has an 11-point autofocus system and an ISO range from 100 to 1,600. The viewfinder is made of glass and has a trapezoid pentaprism with interchangeable focusing screens, thus allowing a 98 percent field of view for accurate framing applications.
6. Canon EOS 1D Mark III – $12,000
The Canon EOS 1D Mark III is a digital single lens reflex camera with 10.1 megapixels. It has a 28.1 x 18.7 mm CMOS sensor with maximum resolution of 3,888 x 2,592. This dedicated sensor has a 45-point AF. It has an ISO range of 100 and 3,200, expandable to 50 and 6,400 when used with the custom function. It is considered a favorite because of its ability to shoot fast while delivering high quality images.
5. Leica S2-P – $30,000
While Leica has always been one of the favorite brands among professional photographers, the Leica S2-P model is particularly popular for those who engage in a lot of outdoor photography. The camera produces 37.5 megapixel images, backed up by a sensor with 30 x 45 mm. It is water-resistant and the battery has an extremely long life. What’s more, the auto focus features have a wide range of options from the ultra wide to the super telephoto. Along with the usual Leica outputs of sharp and clear color in the pictures, this model has indeed become the camera of choice for those on the road.
4. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic – $40,000
The Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic camera delivers just that, a panoramic and full 360-degree view that can be done in just eight seconds. The flat and panoramic images that it captures are compatible with practically all the major virtual reality players, like Quicktime VR, Flash VR and even most players based on the Java platform. The camera makes use of a specially dedicated digital signal process that allows it to create the panoramic image. It has found a special use in the police and military engaged in forensic crime scene investigation and tactical mapping, respectively.
3. Phase One P65+ Digital Back Medium Format with 645 DF – $40,000
The Phase One P65+ is a medium format digital camera that has a full frame sensor. This sensor technology allows you to easily capture images of extremely high quality. Even at an ISO of 3200, the camera can produce a picture of up to 15 megapixels. The camera can be attached to the 645 DF body that was developed by Phase One in collaboration with Mamiya. Both companies sell the body under their own name.
2. Seitz 6×17 Panoramic – $43,000
The Seitz 6×17 Panoramic camera is capable of up to 160 million pixels. It can capture 300 megabytes of data every second, allowing you to capture the image quickly. The camera is easy to control and you can even preview and store the image via a connected tablet or any personal or Macintosh computer. The camera is ideal for landscapes, group shots, fine art, architecture and any photography subject that require a high resolution.
1. Hasselblad H4D 200MS – $45,000
The Hasselblad H4D 200 MS is a top of the line camera from one of the best camera makers in the world. It has an astounding resolution of 200 million pixels that allows for amazing detail unprecedented in photography. The camera has a sensor mounted into a symmetrical multi shot frame. This allows the sensor to be precisely positioned, using what the company calls piezo-electrical actuators. Moving the sensor one and a half pixel at a time then captures six shots; this makes for a 200-megapixel image. Color rendering issues are eliminated as a result.
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