Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic shoots only black and white

Yes, only black and white photos. Yes it costs 100x more than your smartphone.

When you want to shoot in fine artsy black and white, you’d probably add an Instragram filter, or shoot in monochrome on the Huawei P10 Plus.

But for fine art photographers, Phase One has just the tool for you - the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, the first medium format digital camera that shoots only in black and white. 

What’s in the box?

The Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic shoots high resolution images using its 101MP CMOS sensor, with a maximum 51200 ISO for really low light photography. There’s LiveView, 60-minute long exposures, HDMI output and Wi-Fi connectivity as well.  


Why make a camera that only shoots in black and white?

By skipping a Bayer colour filter, Phase One says the camera is “free to focus solely on capturing the highest level of detail, nuance and luminance.” To translate, more light reaches the sensor, meaning the camera captures extremely precise detail in each photo.

The IQ3 also lacks an infrared cut-off filter, so it can capture light outside of what you can normally see - it’s the ultimate medium format option for fine art, portrait, landscape and architecture photographers. For the rest of us, we’ll probably stick to Instagram.

Don’t lump me in with you guys, I want one as well

The IQ3 100MP Achromatic costs US$49,990 (RM218,000 approx), with a free lens from the Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring prime lens series worth up to US$6,990 (RM30,000 approx). Or get the XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic bundle, which includes an XF Camera Body and free lens for US$54,990 (RM239,000 approx).