IQ3 Digital Backs
Designed in tandem with the new XF Camera System, and compatible with a variety of camera platforms, the IQ3 Digital Backs come in 50MP, 60MP, 80MP & 100MP resolution (click here to learn more about the 100MP system).
With a new and exclusive 100 megapixel imaging sensor, all IQ3 Digital Backs can deliver extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across all configurations.
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Full Frame medium format.
The sensors in the IQ3 100MP IQ3 80MP, IQ3 60MP and IQ2 60MP Achromatic are exclusively found in Phase One products. Not only are they exclusive they are more than twice this size of a 35mm DSLR like Canon or Nikon. 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.
The Phase One IQ3 series is the latest generation of Digital Medium Format image sensors ranging up to 100 megapixel. The IQ3 was preceded by the IQ2 which introduced WiFi, long exposure and more.
Want to know the differences between the IQ3 and all other Phase One backs? Head down to the technical spec section to see more.
The new features of the IQ3
Phase One’s software and hardware teams have worked closer than ever, to optimize both the quality and the speed of data transfer and processing between XF Camera System and Capture One PRO. The result. Up to 30% faster tethered performance.
A histogram is a classic and powerful way to quickly inspect the capture across shadows, mid-tones and highlights. On the XF IQ3, the histogram is made available both on the back screen and on the XF Grip screen for easy viewing.
With full system integration, the XF Camera System and IQ3 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.
You can speed up the focus verification process by using the Focus Mask feature of the IQ3 Digital Back. This feature will display a colored, semi-transparent, mask over-top of the preview image to indicate which parts of the image are in focus. Further, to ensure it’s precision, mask color and behavior can be customized.
What makes a digital back a 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.
Medium Format advantage
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.
IQ3 resolution of 50MP, 60MP, 80MP or 100MP not only delivers incredible detail, but also provides creative flexibility, accommodating virtually any application requirement, be it print or digital.
Wireless communication is an integrated part of the IQ3 Digital Back range allowing you to connect an iPad or iPhone wirelessly and use Capture Pilot (downloadable in the app store) 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.
Modular design has always been a part of the Phase One philosophy. Whether you are looking for a back with fewer features to match your budget, or adding an extra back to your camera bag for the occasional application, the Phase One IQ1 range of Digital Backs, remains a current and supported member of the Phase One family.
But what if the IQ3 isn't for me?
Dedicated to the diversity and flexibility of an open-platform philosophy, Phase One is proud to continue to create digital solutions for alternative cameras. Maintaining the highest in build quality and image quality, the range of IQ2 Digital Back is still being produced to provide users with the optional use of Hasselblad H and Hasselblad V camera systems. Though some features are inherent to the integrated XF Camera System, the use of your older Medium Format equipment is always a possibility with Phase One.
Available in 40MP, 50MP, 60MP and 80MP, both new and existing IQ1 Digital Backs are compatible with the XF Camera System.
8k, 10k & 12k Time Lapse Resolution
Time-lapse photographers seeking to produce the highest quality imagery have long sought out Phase One hardware and Capture One software, because of their high quality and reliability. But these tools have lacked several of the specific features the most discerning time lapse photographers required. The DT Time Lapse Suite provides these features, and allow the realization of professional 12k time lapse.
IQ3 100MP Achromatic
|Resolution||101 Megapixel||101 Megapixel||101 Megapixel||80 Megapixel||60 Megapixel||50 Megapixel|
|Sensor Format / Size
|Long Exposure||60 min.||60 min.||60 min.||60 min.||60 min.||60 min.|
|16 bit Opticolor+||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||NO|
|Dynamic Range||15 f-stops||15 f-stops||15 f-stops||13 f-stops||13 f-stops||14 f-stops|
|Sensitivity (ISO)||35 – 12800||50 – 12800||200 – 51200||50-800||50-800||100-6400|
|Sensitivity (ISO) – Long Exp.||35 – 12800||50 – 12800||200 – 51200||200-3200||140-3200||100-6400|
|Sensor+ (ISO) – 1/4 of total res.||No Sensor+||No Sensor+||No Sensor+||200-3200||200-3200||No Sensor+|
|Active Pixels||11608 x 8708||11608 x 8708||11608 x 8708||10328 x 7760||8984 x 6732||8280 x 6208|
|Pixel Size (micron)||4.6 x 4.6||4.6 x 4.6||4.6 x 4.6||5.2 x 5.2||6.0 x 6.0||5.3 x 5.3|
|Output image dim. 300 DPI||98.3 x 73.2||98.3 x 73.2||98.3 x 73.2||87.4 x 65.6 cm||76.1 x 57 cm||70.1 x 52.6 cm|
|Output image dim. 600 DPI||49.1 x 36.9||49.1 x 36.9||49.1 x 36.9||43.7 x 32.8 cm||38 x 28.5 cm||35.0 x 26.3 cm|
|Mount Options||XF||XF/H||XF||XF/H/V||XF(IQ2 available for H/V)||XF(IQ2 available for H/V)|
|3.2″ Touch Display||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|High Bandwidth Ports||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|XF Body Powershare||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 n||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
Captures Per Second
|Focal Plane (Full res.)||1.4||1.4||1.4||0.8||0.9||1.8|
|Focal Plane (Sensor+)||N/A||N/A||N/A||1.1||1.2||N/A|
|Leaf Shutter (Full res.)||1.2||1.2||1.2||0.7||0.8||1.4|
|Leaf Shutter (Sensor+)||N/A||N/A||N/A||1||1.4||N/A|
XF IQ3 Camera System
XF IQ1 Camera System
|OneTouch UI including functionality from prev. generation systems||Yes w/ High-bandwidth DB integration||Yes w/ limited functionality|
|Custom Setups||3 configurations with 80+ settings||3 configurations with 80+ settings|
|Wireless remote control with Capture Pilot||YES||NO|
|Temperature Graph Tool||YES||NO|
|Exposure Zone Tool||YES||NO|
|Auto ISO & ISO Control||YES||NO|
|Histogram on XF||YES||NO|
|Virtual horizon on XF||YES||NO|
|Prepared for future feature upgrades||YES||NO|
|Camera Menu||YES, advanced||YES, basic|
|Vibration data in image file||YES||YES|
|Wake-up XF from Back||YES||YES|
|B&W Composition Display||YES||YES|
|Live View for instant focus||YES||YES|
|Tap, Ban & Browse||YES||YES|
|Tethered Capture in Capture One Pro||YES||YES|