Phase One’s new 100-megapixel IQ3 Achromatic camera – priced $50,000 – is now shipping, the company has announced.

The Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic is the world’s first 101-megapixel black and white digital back, the company says.

It boasts a new CMOS sensor design, which is produced without a Bayer colour filter, which lets the sensor capture all available light.

The Phase One IQ3 Achromatic can capture light outside the visible spectrum, thanks to its design not having an IR cut-off filter.

What’s more, because the Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic sensor can see this infrared light, its live view function can then display this light which is normally invisible to the naked eye.

Other features of the Phase One IQ3 include a top ISO of 51,200, an Electronic Shutter, long exposure of up to 60 minutes, an HDMI output, built-in WiFi capabilities, as well as full IQ3 XF Camera System integration and compatibility with other camera bodies.

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