IQ3 50MP Digital Back
The digital back is, in essence, an imaging sensor enclosed within a detachable magazine that includes all the electronic and processing power needed to capture amazing medium format images.
Full Frame Medium Format
The sensors in the IQ3 80MP, IQ3 60MP and IQ2 60MP Achromatic are exclusively found in Phase One products. Not only are they exclusive, they’re the biggest around! Their size allows you to realize the full potential of your lenses. Whether it's a tight interior space or scenic vista, the full frame sensors mean you'll get more out of every scene.
60 Minute Exposures
With Phase One's new and exclusive 80 megapixel imaging sensor, the IQ3 Digital Backs can deliver extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across 50MP, 60MP and 80MP configurations.
Temperature Graph Tool
To ensure the best quality of long-exposure imaging it is important to operate the digital capture device at a relatively constant temperature. When turning on an IQ Digital Back the power consumption will lead to a temperature increase that stabilizes in time.
With Phase One's patented Sensor+ technology in the IQ3 Digital Backs you can easily switch from high-resolution and low ISO captures to lower resolution and higher ISO captures, without degrading the pixel level quality of the image.
The extreme dynamic range of the IQ3 Digital Back range (up to 14 f-stops in the case of the IQ3 50MP) enables you to capture every scene no matter what the lighting conditions. Bring back virtually every detail, even if you didn't get the exposure perfect at capture.
The IQ3 Digital Backs are built to ensure you capture images with smooth and subtle transitions, reproducing the scene as perfect as possible. IQ3 Digital Backs make this possible by capturing images with up to 16-bit color depth per channel.
Up to 80 Mega Pixel Captures
IQ3 resolution of 50MP, 60MP or 80MP not only delivers incredible detail, but also provides creative flexibility, accommodating virtually any application requirement, be it print or digital.
XF IQ3 Integration
Built for flexibility, the IQ3 range of digital backs is compatible with the leading technical cameras.
Fast Interface with Powershare
With full system integration, the XF Camera System offers power sharing between each of it’s independently powered components. The ability to provide consistent power for the system, as a whole, allows for maximum usage without the necessity to change batteries. Further, tethered workflow allows the system to charge when not in use. The new power-sharing feature ensures consistent performance across all components.
Accessible directly from the back, the OneTouch UI allows for versatile workflow options fitting whatever challenges you may meet. Whether it’s cramped quarters, a high tripod or even just ease of use from a larger touch screen, the OneTouch UI seamlessly integrates all controls of the XF camera system at your fingertips.
Upgradeable Camera OS
The software running on range of IQ3 Digital Backs is designed as an upgradeable operating system. This allows for easy and fast upgrades, providing both new features and unique customization options. By using our new Camera OS, photographers will be able to upgrade their IQ3 Digital Backs at regular intervals in order to benefit from the new opportunities of technology.
High Resolution touch display
All IQ3 Digital Backs feature a 3.2 inch display designed to work equally well indoors as outdoors. Images can easily be validated from most angles, thanks to its viewing angle of 170 degrees. The display delivers great color rendition that can reproduce tonal gradations of up to 16 million different shades.
Tap, pan, and browse
The touch screen lets you tap to zoom, pan and browse through images fast and it is easy to navigate between different menus and features. The IQ3 Digital Backs are designed with contextual controls that appear only when needed.
The IQ3 digital backs have an embedded accelerometer that helps you align images at the moment of capture. You're presented with a virtual horizon that gives you a precise visual indication of the roll and pitch of the image you're about to capture.
You don't have to buy extra accessories or mount more gadgets on your camera. Wireless communication is an integrated part of the IQ3 Digital Back range.
Compose and Control
In the range of IQ3 Digital Backs, Wi-Fi is built-in allowing you to connect an iPad or iPhone wirelessly and use Capture Pilot for Live View, exposure control, shutter release and instantly check focus or compose on a larger screen.
The larger display of an iPad can make it easier to view composition and focus. Use it yourself or simply give it to the client when working on set; they can get involved, check and rate images from afar and you can make sure your clients get what they want and keep coming back.
GPS information is logged through Capture Pilot when your iPhone or iPad is wirelessly connected to an IQ3 Digital Back and automatically embedded into your IQ RAW files. A great feature for reviewing where images were captured which can be useful for location scouting purposes.
Stand out in a big way! Introducing the XF Camera System
Extraordinary Image Quality
“I use Phase One because it’s the best. I just can’t afford not to." - David LaChapelle
Bigger is Better
The XF Camera System is built using full-frame Medium Format sensors 2.5 times larger than the ones found in high-end DSLRs. Sensors this large deliver a powerful combination of the highest possible resolution together with large, high dynamic range pixels and exceptional wide angular response. The XF is quite literally the best of all worlds when it comes to digital image quality.
The XF Camera System is available in multiple configurations, up to 80MP. Resolution this high not only delivers incredible detail but also provides creative flexibility, accommodating virtually any application requirement, be it print or digital.
Perfect 16 bit colour
Balancing colors is equal parts art and science. Phase One have been working for over two decades to achieve perfection in colors across hardware and software, and the XF System is a direct reflection of that. You won’t find better color depth or rendering than with an XF Camera System.
14 stop dynamic range
Using large sensor technology, the XF Camera System delivers unparalleled dynamic range, retaining unmatched detail in both highlights and shadows.
Up to 60 min. exposure
With Phase One's new and exclusive 80 megapixel imaging sensor, the XF Camera System delivers extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across 50MP, 60MP and 80MP configurations. An amazing creative tool, used by many of the world’s leading photographers.
New simple OneTouch user interface
Being the first to embrace new technology and integrate a touch based user interface to a digital back, Phase One is proud to continue the tradition with the XF Camera System. They call it the OneTouch UI.
Minimal learning curve
The OneTouch UI on the XF camera is a seamless combination of intuitive dials, keys and touch screen interactions. Each operation is used only where it makes sense and where you want it. OneTouch UI is designed with the goal of making controls so simple that photographers will feel at home within moments of getting started.
The XF camera can be operated either from the camera itself or from a tethered computer. To achieve this, we have removed all hard-coded button functionality including any physical markings on the camera. This allows complete freedom to configure the systems controls to best fit your individual needs.
Two separate, yet fully integrated, touch displays are now available on the XF Camera System. The 1.6” grip screen is designed for clear visibility in any lighting condition using a transflective capacitive touch display. The back screen is a retina touch screen designed to show high-quality image previews, providing the ability to zoom to 100% with a simple tap. With 3.2” inch there is ample space to compose and review, as well as operate advanced tools.
New Autofocus Platform
The XF Camera System marks an important milestone for Phase One. It is the introduction of a new patent pending and fully controlled in-house autofocus system. The Honeybee Autofocus Platform, or HAP-1.
User accessible updates
HAP-1 is designed with a brand new custom processor, coupled with a high-resolution CMOS AF sensor. Combining a unique floating-point architecture and a fully programmable interface, HAP-1 is easy to expand and will allow us to continuously tailor the autofocus system to meet your needs, providing user-accessible software updates for years to come.
Built for precision
The initial configuration of HAP-1 is built for precision in typical professional environments. Using a new white spectrum focus assist light and Phase One developed focusing patterns; Auto Focus is more accurate than ever, right out of the gate.
Hyperfocal Point Focusing
When photographers require the maximum allowable depth of field, the optimal technique used is to apply a hyperfocal distance measurement. Depending on aperture and lens used, the optimal Focus Point is typically a few steps under infinity. With the new Hyperfocal Point Focusing, it is now possible to set the ideal Hyperfocal Point for each lens and have HAP-1 automatically return to that specific point on demand.
Capture One PRO
Phase One has built a new version of Capture One PRO for XF, offering deeper integration, better image quality and faster performance than ever before.
RAW Image Quality
When it comes to image quality, Capture One PRO is an important ingredient that distinguishes Phase One Systems from the rest. Our hardware and software teams have worked closer than ever to perfectly develop the IIQ RAW file, allowing all elements to play in perfect harmony. Images have never looked more natural and pleasing.
Fastest Tethered Workflow
Rendering images in Capture One PRO at the exact moment of capture, using a USB 3.0 tethered connection, is the preferred workflow for many industry-leading photographers. You instantly see your vision become a reality on screen. With the Phase One XF System and Capture One PRO 8.3, we are raising the bar for tethered workflow and camera communication.
The new OneTouch UI on the XF Camera System can be configured directly from within Capture One PRO. This makes it easy to change, customize and configure controls for any type of photography, directly from your computer – a blessing for you and your digital assistant.
Mechanics & Electronics
Better. Faster. Stronger.
Phase One Systems have been used for decades in some of the most demanding professional and aerial applications. With the XF Camera System we have upgraded all moving parts and materials to match that level of professional demand, delivering the fastest, most robust and most reliable camera ever.
The XF introduces an all-new electronic architecture. Designed in-house by Phase One, the XF is built using faster processors, newly designed sensor advancements, including gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers, and an integrated wireless Profoto flash trigger.
Faster then ever
One of the most important elements of great photography is timing. With the latest iteration on mechanics introduced with the XF Camera System, we have significantly reduced shutter latency and shutter recycle time, making it our most responsive camera ever.
A Future Proof Platform
Contrary to most camera systems, Phase One do not design their systems as short-lived disposables. They build camera platforms on which photographers can extend, build, exchange and grow throughout their career.
Upgradeable Camera OS
The software running on the XF is designed as an independent and upgradeable operating system. This allows for easy and fast upgrades, providing both new features and unique customization. By using our new Camera OS, photographers will be able to upgrade their XF System at regular intervals in order to benefit from the new opportunities of technology.
HAP-1 is designed with a brand a new custom processor, coupled with an independent high-resolution CMOS AF sensor. Combining a unique floating-point architecture and a fully programmable interface, HAP-1 is easy to expand and will allow us to continuously tailor the autofocus system and release user-accessible software updates for years to come.
Modular Modern Hardware
The XF Camera System is founded on modern hardware and an open platform philosophy, allowing us to continuously add new upgrades in accordance with the changing pace of technology. Additionally, other manufacturers can interface with each individual component so we can offer photographers with a future proof platform.
When Phase One say that their product life cycles are long, it's a proven fact. Customers, who invested in Phase One P backs in 2004, have received additional functionality as late as 2014, from both Firmware upgrades and Capture One processing software.
Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8
This is the standard focal length lens offering the greatest versatility. Flash sync up to 1/1600th of a second. A preferred choice for location fashion photographers using fill flash. - Flash synchronization up to 1/1600th - Fast aperture allowing shallow depth of field - Extreme optical performance - Edge-to-edge sharpness
|Digital Back Options||IQ3 50-80MP & IQ1 40-80MP with XF mounts|
|Backwards Compatibility||IQ1 & IQ2 with P mounts|
|User Interface||OneTouch UI|
|Screen layouts||2 standard layouts|
|Custom modes||3 configurations|
|Custom settings||80+ settings|
|User upgradeable via Back||Yes|
|Autofocus Sensor||HAP-1 1MP CMOS Sensor|
|Autofocus Processor||HAP-1 Processor with Floating Point Architecture|
|Autofocus Assist light||HAP-1 Precision White light|
|Hyperfocal Point Focusing||Yes|
|Upgradeable Autofocus configurations & Patterns||Yes|
|Autofocus modes||Spot, Average, Hyperfocal|
|Interchangeable focusing screens||Matte (default), Split, Center prism|
|RAW converter||Capture One PRO 8.3 or newer|
|Workflow options||Sessions and Catalogues|
|Lens Corrections||Phase One Focal Plane lenses & Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses|
|Local adjustments||Adjustment & Clone Layers|
|Batch output||yes, using recipes and multiple destinations|
|Output formats||8 & 16 bit TIFF-RGB, TIFF-CMYK, JPEG incl. XR/2000/QuickProof tm, DNG, PNG, PSD|
|Frames per second||Variable following digital back|
|Capture Drive Modes||Single: Yes
Low Vibration: yes
Exposure bracketing: 2-5 frames
|Capture from liveview||Yes|
|TTL Light metering||Average, spot and auto|
|HAP-1||Light Metering used with waist level finder|
|Viewfinder black-out time||150ms (FPS), 400ms (LS)|
|Exposure compensation||+/- 5 EV|
|Size and Weight|
|XF Camera Body||152 x 108 x 85 (mm) 790g|
|Battery||BP-911/914/915 3400 mAh|
|Support for USB 3||IQ3 only|
|High capacity back interface||IQ3 only|
|Flash trigger||Integrated Profoto wireless|
|Wireless trigger range||20m (outside)|
|Back flash sync||Yes|
|Flash sync speed focal plane shutters (max)||1/125s|
|Flash sync speed leaf shutters (max)||1/1600s|
80mm lens Specifications Optical Construction 6 elements , 5 groups Angle of view 47° Aperture range f/2.8 – f/22 Diaphragm Automatic Focusing System Auto Focus /Manual Minimum Focusing Distance 70cm / 2.3 ft. Maximum Magnification Ratio 0.15x Area Covered 279 x 377 / 11 x 14.8" Equivalent 35mm Focal Length 50mm Filter 72mm Lens Hood Bayonet Dimension 64.4 x 86.5 / 2.5 x 3.4" Weight 500g / 1.1 lbs. / 17.6 oz. IQ3 50MP Digital Back Specifications Resolution 50 Megapixel Long Exposure 60 Minutes 16 bit Opticolour+ No Dynamic Range 14 f-Stops Sensitivity (ISO) 100-6400 Sensitivity (ISO) Long Exp. 100-6400 Sensor (ISO) 1/2 res. No Lens factor 1.3 Sensor Type CMOS Sensor Size 44 x 33 Active Pixels 8280 x 6208 Pixel Size (micron) 5.3 x 5.3 Output image dim. 300 DPI 70.1 x 52.6 cm Output image dim. 600 DPI 35.0 x 26.3 cm Mount Options XF (IQ2 Available for H/V) 3.2" Touch Display Yes High Bandwidth Port Yes XF Powershare Yes Wi-Fi 802.11n Yes Captures Per Second Focal Plane (Full Res) 1.8 Focal Plane (Sensor+) n/a Leaf Shutter (Full Res) 1.4 Leaf Shutter (Sensor+) n/a
Questions & Answers
Phase One XF IQ3 50MP Bundle with XF Body, IQ Back, 80mm LS 5 Year Uptime Warranty
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