Phase One XC is the "go-anywhere" medium format camera for travel

Phase One XC
(Image credit: Phase One)

Phase One has announced the new Phase One XC Camera, which has been purpose-built for travel photographers who demand the finest in image quality. Designed with convenience in mind, the XC is Phase One’s most compact digitally integrated camera to come to market along with an integrated lens design. You can carry the camera anywhere to capture anything at any time, recording inspiration as it strikes.

Phase One, one of the leading names in providing the best medium format cameras dropped a teaser of this new camera just over 24 hours ago and I think this will be a big hit for landscape and travel photographers.

This was accompanied by a video that saw a photographer Thomas Biasotto go out on an adventure with a small tripod and travel bag, walking around the area and then observing prints of this work from that day, highlighting how this new camera will be easy to travel with or by spontaneous with.

Drew Altdoerffer, VP of Digitization, Phase One had this to say on the announcement:  “We’ve designed the XC camera to be a companion camera, 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.” 

The new XC Camera combines Phase One’s IQ4 150MP power and performance digital backs with a new and first-time fully integrated Rodenstock HR Digaron-S 23mm f/5.6 lens all as one package.

The XC prioritizes unparalleled image quality in a simplified and compact design that 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, and less on camera settings.

Phase One XC camera leak

(Image credit: Phase One)

Professional photographer Thomas Biasotto, says: “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".

On inspecting the image of the camera for myself, it looks to be aimed at being the direct competition to the Hasselblad 907X 50C based on its appearance. It will be 105mm hight, 160mm long, and will weigh 1,820g - which indicates that you have to buy this as a package deal, to include the new body, integrated lens along with a Phase One IQ4 digital back of your choosing, either the existing IQ4 150MP or the 150-megapixel Archromatic back.

Phase One XC image sample (Image credit: Thomas Biasotto)

The XC Camera is available now in limited quantities through Phase One Partners worldwide. The suggested retail price for the new Phase One XC Camera is US$62,490 (approximately £49,109 / AU$93,422). It is sold with a 5-year limited warranty, including unlimited lens actuations for the warranty period.

While this camera does look appealing, it will be interesting to soo how its loyal fanbase receiving this new camera, Phase One has been known to produce exceptional cameras, and quite frankly the market leader in high-resolution medium format cameras, but the cameras they produce are usually of a grand scale and are massive in the hard, and quite weighty. 

All of the above isn't an issue if you're a studio photographer, but weight becomes a slight problem when you're a landscape photographer transporting gear on location or you love to capture moments in life in an instant, but this new Phase One XC camera could be the camera that could allow more take up on Phase One systems for the compact design and high image output of such a camera. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.