10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021

Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by PixelPluck

DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras are becoming progressively affordable. Before 2010, only professionals or people with deep pockets were able to afford a DSLR Camera or a Mirrorless owing to their expensive price tag. The DSLR and Mirrorless camera technology evolved rapidly in the last two decades and this led to more quality at lower prices. In this article, you will find the 10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021.

Technological advances in optics and processors have made professional cameras more affordable than ever. Serious photography enthusiasts are directly upgrading to a Mirrorless or a Mid Level DSLR. The compact camera has become obsolete with smartphones replacing them. Check out the table below for the most expensive cameras in 2021.

10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021

1Phase One XF IQ4 150MP Camera System$49000
2Hasselblad H6D-400C MULTI-SHOT$47995
3Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic DSLR$40,000
4Seitz 6×17 Panoramic Camera$34000
5Fujifilm GFX 100$9999
6Nikon D6$6499
7Canon EOS-1D X Mark III$6497
8Sony Alpha 9 II Mirrorless$4498
9Nikon D850$2996
10Canon 5D Mark IV$2499
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10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021 – Detailed List

The list also includes special-purpose cameras. We have excluded the collector’s items and antique cameras which may cost millions of dollars. Most of these cameras are used by professionals on day to day basis for their photography work.

10. Canon 5D Mark IV

Canon 5D Mark IV is one of the most popular professional cameras in the world. It is relatively affordable and used by a lot of fashion and wedding photographers. Canon DSLR camera models tend to produce richer colors while the Nikon counterparts produce real colors. It is a matter of preference and you can not go wrong with either of them as retouching is an essential part of professional photography. Canon 5D Mark IV is an upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark III which itself was one of the wildly popular cameras among both hobbyists as well as professional photographers community. Canon 5D Mark III was one of the most sold professional cameras in the history of Canon. With a newer model due for 2021, are we going to see a Canon 5D Mark V? Check Updated Price: Canon 5D Mark IV
Price: US $2500

9. Nikon D850

Nikon D850 takes the number ten spot in the list of popular expensive cameras. The D850 belongs to the 800 series (check best lenses for 800 series) which was launched way back in early 2012. The D800, At the time of its release, became the DxOmark image sensor leader, replacing the Nikon D4 in the top position. Nikon D850 is due to be replaced by Nikon D860 in 2021. It is one of the most popular DSLR among the pro photographer community. Nikon D850 boasts a 45.7 million megapixels CMOS sensor. The camera is equipped with professional video and audio capabilities including 30fps 4k video recording. Check Updated Price: Nikon D850
Price: US $2996

10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2020 - Nikon D850
Nikon D850

8. Sony Alpha 9 II Mirrorless

Sony α9 II is a recently launched professional 24.2MP Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with Continuous AF/AE & 4K Video capability. It is able to shoot UHD 4k videos. The α9 II delivers the next level in significantly swift high-precision AF, faster continuous shooting SONY ALPHA A9 II is a compact professional camera dedicated to sports photography and photojournalism. Check Updated Price: Sony α9 II
Price: US $4498

7. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR Camera features a 20.1 MP Full-Frame CMOS Image Sensor with a super-fast DIGIC X Image Processor. It can shoot 4K Video and sports dual CFexpress Card Slots. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera is the best that is available from Canon. Canon EOS-1D X Mark III is the Canon flagship DSLR model and obviously the most expensive Canon camera.
Price at Launch: US $6497

6. Nikon D6

Nikon D6 is the flagship Nikon DSLR camera and it the most expensive professional camera from Nikon. It boasts the most powerful AF in Nikon’s history. Triple density, 105-point fully selectable, all cross-type sensor AF system, allows photographers to set focus almost anywhere in the frame without recomposing. This beast can shoot up to 14fps. This is the ultimate Nikon camera that money can buy.
Check Updated Price: Nikon D6
Price: US $6499

5. Fujifilm GFX 100

Fujifilm GFX 100 is a medium format camera with a sensor size of 43.8mm x 32.9mm, 51.4 MP CMOS type sensor, boasting approx. 1.7x the area of full-frame sensors. Fujifilm GFX 100 pairs a newly-developed back-illuminated 102MP imaging sensor with x processor Pro. The viewfinder in this model is detachable.
Price: US $9999

Most Expensive Cameras - Fujifilm GFX 100
Fujifilm GFX 100

4. Seitz 6×17 Panoramic Camera

Seitz is 160 million pixels of beauty – the only digital 6×17 camera available in the market. Its design is truly out of this world.

10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2020 - Seitz Panoramic camera
Seitz 6×17 Panoramic Camera

Seitz 6×17 has the ability of super-fast image capture – 300 MB of data per second! It shoots ultra high resolution 6×17 digital images with mind-boggling 160 million pixels. Seitz is easy to use with camera control software and image preview. Seitz 16×7 is an ideal choice for high-resolution landscapes, group photography, fine-art, and architecture photography where the photograph needs to have a lot of detail. It is Switzerland’s product. Hand grips on this camera are definitely the best among all cameras that we have seen so far, quite literally. Must hold it with both hands to shoot the photo.
Price: US $34,000

3. Panoscan MK-3 Panoramic DSLR

It is a specialized DSLR camera for panorama photography. Panoscan MK-3 takes full-resolution spherical scans in 54 seconds which is up to 8 times faster than any other panoramic photography equipment.

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The Panoscan MK-3 is a third-generation panoramic camera. The MK-3 can scan a full 360-degree image in less than 8 seconds. MK-3 images can be presented as flat panoramic images or in most virtual reality players such as QuickTime VR, Flash VR, or JAVA based players. The MK-3 system is designed for rugged field use. The MK-3 system is ideal for applications including Forensic crime scene photography, tactical mapping, and many security applications. The system is ideal for commercial panoramic photography as well. MK3 can also shoot in low light conditions with it’s increased ISO sensitivity of ISO 3200.
Price: US $40,000

2. Hasselblad H6D-400C MULTI-SHOT

The H6D-400C is the ultimate when it comes to still photography. Hasselblad H6D-400C MULTI-SHOT is a compact, powerful A 400 Megapixel MULTI-SHOT Camera. With outstanding color definition, dynamic range, and Hasselblad Natural Color Solution technology integrated into the camera’s system, the H6D delivers superb, true-to-life tones that match what the human eye sees.

10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2020 H6D-400c
Hasselblad H6D-400C MULTI-SHOT

“In 400MP Multi-Shot mode, 6 images are captured; the first 4 involve moving the sensor by one pixel at a time to achieve real color data. This cycle then returns the sensor to its starting point. A further two exposures are made by moving the sensor by ½ a pixel horizontally and then ½ a pixel vertically (see 6 shot diagram on next page). These 6 captures are then merged to give the equivalent of a single 400MP image, delivered as a 2.4GB 16-bit TIFF (23200 x 17400 pixels), for those seeking the utmost in image quality and resolving power.” – Hasselblad H6D-400c
Price: US $47,995

1. Phase One XF IQ4 150MP Camera System

The Phase One XF IQ4 150MP camera system made it to the top spot in the list of the most expensive cameras in 2021 and is officially the most expensive camera that you can buy in the year 2021. 

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Phase One XF 150MP – Most Expensive Camera

This camera sets a new benchmark in the field of photography. It replaces the XF100MP at the top of the most expensive cameras in 2021. For the same amount of money that you are thinking of spending on this Phase One XF 150MP Camera System, you can get yourself an Audi A4 to drive. However, a professional photographer will choose this camera over anything on any given day. One can buy a dozen such Audi and BMWs by working for clients who need this most expensive camera for their project. The XF Camera System is modular, giving you the freedom to choose the high-resolution lenses, viewfinder, and digital back combination that fits your shooting style best. Phase One XF Hero IQ4 150 camera system officially tops the list of 10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021.
Price: US $49,000

Which one would you like to have in your bag from this list of 10 Most Expensive Cameras in 2021? Let us know in the comments below. Know a camera that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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