Most of us love to take photographs and share them with our friends. It is a very enjoyable hobby that helps us save memories of the precious moments in our lives. While amateur photography is fun, many people consider it a serious art and strive to capture the best photographs possible. With the advent in technology, the most advanced kinds of cameras are available in the market today that can help you capture the most difficult shots beautifully. A good quality camera can be the perfect investment for those who are serious about photography. In fact, there are a variety of cameras available that range from single-lens reflex to panoramic view.
Some of these cameras are collector’s items while others are the best quality cameras available in the market today. Given here are some of the most expensive cameras available. Some of them are so expensive that the cost will make your head spin. Let’s learn what’s so special about these cameras that they are so highly priced.
10 Most Expensive Cameras Available
Believed to be the most expensive camera in the world, Leica Series-Nr.107 is an original from a batch of 25 cameras made in the year 1923. According to experts, this camera was the first one to be exported to USA allegedly for a patent application inspection. What’s so special about this camera is that it is believed to be the only existing camera that has the word “Germany” engraved on its top plate. A wealthy collector from Asia bought this camera for an amount of $1.9 million at an auction.
Susse Frères Daguerreotype Camera
Built in the year 1839, this is the world’s oldest commercially produced camera, and its estimated value is $9,78,000. It was found in an attic in Germany and is made of soft wood. This camera weighs between 11 and 13 pounds. There is an oval lithographic stamp on this camera that has the signature of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre.
This camera happens to be one of the first two commercial cameras ever made for the Daguerreotype photographic process. You can see this special camera at Westlicht in Vienna, Austria.
Hasselblad H4D-200MS Digital Camera
Priced at $45,000, Hasselblad H4D-200MS Digital Camera is designed for studio photographers as it can produce 200 MP high resolution images based on shifting its 50MP sensor. It captures extremely fine details and provides the exact color information, thus producing the best quality images that are required for commercial purposes.
It has single-shot, multi-shot and extended multi-shot capabilities. One gets all the benefits of the H4D family of cameras with features such as Digital lens Correction, True Focus and Ultra focus.
Seitz 6×17” Digital Panoramic Camera
Priced at $43,000, the Seitz 6×17” Digital Panoramic Camera happens to be the only camera in the world that can create high resolution 6×17” images with its capability of up to 160 million pixels. The scan back for this camera is extremely fast and the image results are comparable to a one-shot digital or film back due to its very high read-out speed of 300 MB.
The fastest exposure speed is almost 1/2’000 per pixel. This camera is ideal for taking pictures of landscapes, architecture, group shots, etc. where very high resolution is required.
Phase One P65+ Back with 645DF Body
Phase One is among the world leaders in open platform, medium format camera systems. The Phase One P65+ Back with 645DF Body is the most versatile camera platform for high-end photography. Priced at $40,000, this camera provides photographers with the best quality images.
It has a full frame sensor and the technology used helps you to capture the best quality images. It has easily programmable custom functions that allow you to take pictures in three custom shooting modes.
Panoscan MK3 Digital 360 Degree Panoramic Camera
Priced at $40,000, this camera is designed for rugged field use. The Panoscan MK-3 is a third generation panoramic camera and is capable of scanning a full 360 degree image in less than 8 seconds. The images can be presented as flat panoramic images or in most virtual reality players such as Flash VR, QuickTime VR, or JAVA based players.
This camera is ideal for commercial panoramic photography and can be used in applications such as tactical mapping, forensic crime scene photography, and security applications.
Leica S2-P Camera
Priced at about $30,000, Leica S2-P Camera is ideal for medium-format photography. The complete Leica S-System was developed with the help of professional photographers with the aim of producing the highest quality pictures. This digital SLR camera, with the size and handling of a 35 mm model, is most suitable for roadside photography. It gives extra sharp images as it has a sensor of 30 by 40 mm with 37.5 Megapixel.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR Digital Camera
Priced at $12,000, this is a digital SLR camera with 10.1 megapixels and is designed for professional photographers. It was announced in the year 2007, and features a full-frame 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor with 14 bit A/D converters for a total colour depth of 16,384 tones per pixel. You can have a live view through its three-inch LCD screen. It allows you to shoot up to five frames per second and provides very high quality images.
Pentax 645D 40MP Digital SLR Camera
This is Pentax’s first medium-format digital SLR camera which provides super high-resolution images. Priced at $10,000, it produces images of 40 megapixels. It is ideal for landscape and outdoors photographers as it produces ultra high resolution images for larger views. It provides excellent flexibility and reliability for outdoor shooting. You can crop an image effectively as it has a 44 x 33 mm CCD sensor and a top resolution of 7264 x 5440. Its lightweight but solidly built body is weather resistant.
Nikon D4 Digital SLR Camera
This is a professional-grade full frame camera launched by Nikon Corporation in January, 2012. Priced at $6,000, the Nikon D4 camera is considered one of the fastest professional cameras. It features an FX-format 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. With its EXPEED3 processor, this camera can capture up to 11 frames per second. This camera can also handle 1080p HD video and is especially suitable for action or sports photography where you need to capture fast moving frames. It is also ideal for multimedia artists as it provides multiple connectivity.