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The 10 Most Expensive Cameras in the World

Camera technology has come a long way in the past four decades. We have more ways to capture images and videos than ever before, thanks to the innovation of tech professionals who strive to constantly improve the user friendliness and image quality in the cameras produced. While some prefer to find a handy camera that is priced under $100, others understand that you get what you pay for. The median price for a high-quality camera often exceeds $1,000 or more. We took a look at some of the most expensive cameras in the world and we were shocked at how expensive some of them are. They make the $5500 camera seem a lot more affordable. In case you're wondering just how expensive cameras can be, we've put together a collection of the ten most expensive cameras for your consideration.

10. Canon EOS C700 - $33,000.00

Canon EOS C700

The tenth most expensive camera will set you back more than $33K. It's a full frame cinema camera with a locking EF mount. Key features include a 5.9K Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with DAF, dual pixel AF, and Triple Digic DV5 with high physical resolution and a dynamic range of 15 stops and much more.

9. Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Digital Back Kit - $33,595.00

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Digital Back Kit

The Mimaya Leaf Credo 50 Digital Back camera comes with everything you need to get started taking high quality photographs. It's equipped with a 44 x 33mm CMOS Sensor along with a 3.2 inch 1.15 megapixel Touchscreen LCD. Other features include revised sensor design, ISO 100-6400, and a 14-Stop Dynamic Range.

8. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic - $40,000

Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic

The eighth most expensive camera is the Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic. This camera was sold at auction for an incredible $40,000. It produces pictures with high quality and in addition to being a fine collectible, it's a very practical and usable camera. It would be a shame to leave it on a shelf.

7. Phase One P65 + Digital Back Medium Format with 645 DF - $40,000

Phase One P65 + Digital Back Medium Format with 645 DF

The seventh most expensive camera is the Phase One P65. This camera offers a digital back medium format for the most brilliant images. The resolution is 80 MP with a sensor of 53.7x 40.3 mm CCD. This ensures the highest quality images and as an additional feature, the capture speeds are 1.2 frames per second.

6. Flir Infrared Camera - $41,950.00

Flir is a brand that is used by the US military. This infrared camera is available for sale to the public for a price tag just below $42k. It offers a range of special features including a viewfinder that is suitable for both outdoor or bright conditions. It also is equipped with programmable buttons to quickly and easily access your favorite functions at the touch of a button. This camera is also capable of voice, text, sketch, annotation, CPS, compass data for adding this to the images and 8X continuous zoom. Other features include 20 mK sensitivity, auto/manual focus, articulating and interchangeable lenses.

5. Seitz 6×17 Panoramic - $43,000

The Seitz 6 x 17 is the fifth most expensive camera on our list coming in at $43,000. This is the brands most recent release and i is equipped with a sensor featuring a low pass filter that ensures the capturing of the optimum quality of images. It's one of the most highly functional panoramic cameras on the market today, although it's quite an investment for the price.

4. Hasselblad H6D-400c MS - $47,995.00

This is a DSLR camera and the MS stands for Multi Shot. It's a medium format camera featuring 100 MP with ultra high definition in the 4K platform. With this device you can adjust it for 4 or 6 shot modes with 15 stop dynamic range, 16 bit color depth and ISO 64 128,000 with automatic composition of multi-shot photos.

3. Sony HDC-2000 Multiformat Camera System - $96,250.00

The third most expensive camera in the world today is the Sony HDC 2000 Multiformat camera which comes iwth its own system. It's one of the most advanced studio cameras in the world today with the highest capacity for 3D production, dual camera transmission from a single hybrid fiber cable and a range of HD formats and more.

2. Hikvision DS-2TD8166180ZE2F - $98,998.59

The second most expensive camera in the world happens to be a security camera. This expensive Hikvision is just shy of 100K and it is a thermal and optical bi-spectrum type. It's one of the most high tech thermal imaging cameras on the market today, with smart function and the top image processing technology built in. It offers thermal and optical viewing with a smart tracking linkage, along with a behavioral analysis algorithm for detecting region entrance and exiting, intrusion and line crossing. It also features a temperature exception alarm with high sensitivity sensors and a variety of features for adjustment and detail enhancement of images.

1. 1923 Leica 0 Series no. 122 - $2.97 million

The most expensive camera in the world is the Leica 0 Series number 122 made in 1923. This highly collectible camera was purchased at auction by a private collector from Asia who preferred to remain anonymous. The auction was held in Vienna at the WestLicht auction house where the historic event for camera collectors took place.

Dana Hanson

Written by Dana Hanson

Dana has extensive professional writing experience including technical and report writing, informational articles, persuasive articles, contrast and comparison, grant applications, and advertisement. She also enjoys creative writing, content writing on nearly any topic (particularly business and lifestyle), because as a lifelong learner, she loves to do research and possess a high skill level in this area. Her academic degrees include AA social Sci/BA English/MEd Adult Ed & Community & Human Resource Development and ABD in PhD studies in Indust & Org Psychology.

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