The Most Expensive Camera in the World

atkins bookshelf triviaSmartphones are the digital Swiss army knives of the modern world — phone, computer, internet portal, recorders, and cameras all bundled into one device. One of its chief functions is as a camera as evidenced by the estimated 93 million selfies that are taken each day. Although professional photographer appreciate the utility of the smartphone they turn to high-quality professional DSLR cameras manufactured by the most respected names in the industry, like Canon, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, and Phase One.

The most expensive camera in the world is the Hasselblad H4D 200MS with a suggested retail price of $45,000. The H4D has stunning resolution: 200 million pixels to shoot pictures and films with dazzling detail and color. The camera’s sensor, mounted into a symmetrical multi shot frame, allows it to be precisely positioned using very precise piezo-electrical actuators. By moving this sensor 1.5 pixels at a time, the sensor captures six shots that are combined into a single 200-megapixel image file with unsurpassed quality.

The most expensive camera ever sold at auction is the Leica 0-Series from 1923 that was sold for $1.9 million in May 2012.

In the world of film, the Phantom HD Gold that can capture 1,000 frames per second at full 1920×1080 HD resolution has a suggested price of $118,000.

The most expensive lens in the world is the Leica APO-TELYT-R 1:5.6/1600mm lens. There are only two in the world. The cost of this massive lens is $2,064,500.

Not on the same level as the Leica lens are two extraordinary lenses: the Canon 5200 mm f/14 lens, weighing 100kg that can take a photo of an object from a distance of 30-52 km. The Canon lens costs $45,000. Next is the Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 lens that comes with a high end case and battery, that sells for $32,000.

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