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September 20, 2010

New 80-megapixel Aptus-II 12 digital back with 53.7x40.3 sensor

Leaf Imaging has turned a new ...leaf in the digital camera history books by announcing a brand new 80-megapixel (eighty megapixel) digital camera back, the Aptus-II 12, with a "reasonable" starting price of $32,000 for the digital back, and $36,000 for a "take pictures with" kit that includes a camera and 80mm lens. The sensor is a CCD with 53.7mm x 40.3mm, compared to 36mm x 24mm of the "35mm full-frame".

These eighty megapixels are 10,320 by 7,752 pixels, and to visualize that, it's like having a grid of 35 1080p LCD HDTVs glued together in a 5x7 formation :)

It even has a "burst mode" of 1.5 seconds per frame, which translates to 0.66 fps, which is no small feat considering it is a MF camera hauling 80-megapixels. It certainly looks better if you say 1.5 seconds per frame, as opposed to 0.66 fps :-)

The spec-sheet dynamic range is 12 stops, with ISO range of 80-800, and file sizes ranging from 107MB MOS compressed to 480MB 16-bit TIFF. It has a 3.5-inch LCD display, 16-bit color depth, 16 profiles including factory profiles (color management workflow), CompactFlash and Firewire storage, 2350mah battery, and things like that.

The digital back will be available in the standard configuration (Aptus-II 12) and one with a rotating sensor (Aptus-II 12R) that lets you change orientation without rotating the camera itself.

It is compatible with a number of medium format cameras, including select models from Phase One, Mamiya, Hasselblad, Contax, Fuji, Bronica, and a number of View cameras using the appropriate adapters. The complete list is at the Leaf website and/or compatibility list (PDF file).

PS: Leaf is now owned by Phase One.

Read all about it
+ British Diario du Photographie
+ dpreview
+ Capture Integration
+ Leaf Imaging
+ PDF file with the Leaf Aptus digital back family

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