The World's Most Expensive Cameras

Written by Arpan Ghosh

A picture is worth a thousand words, and the tools that help you take the perfect picture are priceless. In the age of point-and-click photography, where everyone can snap pictures from their cellphones with the tap of a finger, there is still no true comparison to the crispness and clarity of an image produced by a high-quality camera. Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional, you will find that it is worth saving up for one of the most expensive cameras in the world and taking your photography to the next level.

Mamiya Leaf Credo 80MP Digital Back - $36,000

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Headquartered in Tokyo, Mamiya has been producing high-end photographic equipment for more than 70 years. Just over a decade ago, the company merged with Leaf Imaging, a leading producer of digital camera backs, to create Mamiya Leaf. The digital back is what gives a camera its main processing power for digital images and the Mamiya Leaf Credo has become a flagship line for the brand, providing superior image quality and high level of functionality for a variety of cameras. The Credo 80MP Digital Back is the most powerful of the lot, and is accordingly priced.

Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic - $40,000

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This is one of the world’s most unique cameras, able to capture a full 360-degree image in one shot (in just 8 seconds), without the need to composite different images together. It can also capture flat panoramas that can be used as backgrounds for virtual reality players. Military personnel and crime scene investigators use this camera as well, to create detailed images and mapping that aids in their work.

Hasselblad H6D-400C MS - $47,995

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One of the world’s finest camera makers has pushed the boundaries of photography yet again with the H6D-400 C, which has the highest image quality and the best colour accuracy of any Hasselblad model. It is one of a handful of high-end brands that produce multi-shot cameras, which are able to capture a broader spectrum of colour. As a result, this particular model is very popular amongst art historians, who use it to document artwork and for art reproduction.

Phase One XF IQ4 - $50,000

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The world’s first 151-megapixel camera, the XF IQ4 has the excellence in quality and the superior performance that Phase One is known for, but takes it to new heights. It is built on the new and innovative Infinity Platform, which not only helps in bringing out the best image quality, but provides a wide range of features and functions that result in a smoother workflow and ensure that the camera will continue to be a major player in the market for years to come.

Leica 0-series no.122 - $2.97 million

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We have been looking at newer camera models and the future of photography in this list but when it comes to the most expensive camera ever sold, we have to take a step back to 1923. Leica, widely considered to be the best camera brand in the world, produced a limited series of 25 cameras that year. Now, over eight decades later, one of those ultra rare cameras was sold to a private collector for a jaw-dropping $2.97 million. It is far from the most advanced Leica model and is one that is extremely quaint by modern photography standards. However, it does highlight the quality and durability of the Leica brand, no matter what the year.