Phase One adds to its premium selection of creative tools with the announcement of the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, the world’s first 101-megapixel achromatic digital back, featuring a new CMOS sensor and a top ISO of 51,200 for luminous black-and-white photography.
The medium-format digital back houses a sensor without a Bayer color filter, which allows for the capture of available light unaltered. And, since the IQ3 100MP Achromatic is produced without an infrared cut-off filter, it can capture light outside the visible spectrum. The back’s photographic applications range from fine art, landscapes and portraits to architecture to scientific uses.
Additional specs include an electronic shutter, exposures up to 60 minutes, HDMI output, WiFi compatibility, full IQ3 XF Camera System integration, plus compatibility with other camera bodies, a feature that’s standard with all IQ3 digital backs.
The IQ3 100MP Achromatic is available now; the digital back can be ordered through Phase One partners, where photographers can also arrange for a demo. Shipping is scheduled to begin in early August 2017.
MSRP for the IQ3 100MP Achromatic is set at $49,990 (US).
All Phase One XF IQ3 Camera Systems come with the photographer’s choice of a lens from the Schneider-Kreuznach Blue Ring prime lens series, valued up to $6,990 (US).
MSRP for the XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic—including XF body and free lens—is set at $54,990 (US).
See the press release below:
Phase One Announces the World’s First 100MP Achromatic Digital Back
Phenomenal Clarity in Black and White Photography
COPENHAGEN, May 10, 2017 – Phase One today announced the world’s first 101-megapixel achromatic digital back — the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, featuring a new CMOS sensor design and state-of-the-art focus on classic black and white photography. With a top ISO of 51,200, it stands out as the most light sensitive medium format digital back available today, and its unmatched resolution offers photographers a new way to explore and express their visions without compromise.
“A black and white picture has the ability to transport the viewer into a different time and place. It essentially creates the illusion of a timeless experience …a simple black and white portrait can sum up all aspects of photography for me.” —Mark Seliger, Portrait Photographer
The IQ3 100MP Achromatic’s 101-megapixel sensor is produced without a Bayer color filter, allowing all available light to be captured unaltered and unobstructed. With no color information to be interpreted, the sensor is free to focus solely on capturing the highest level of detail, nuance and luminance.
“The IQ3 100MP Achromatic enables photographers to capture a timeless expression,” said Stefan Sandor, Vice President Marketing and Product Management. “The detail, tonality and image quality must be experienced first-hand, as seeing is not only believing, but truly inspirational.”
Produced without an Infrared (IR) cut-off filter, the IQ3 100MP Achromatic can capture light outside the visible spectrum, benefitting artistic and infrared applications. These powerful imaging abilities open new opportunities for a multitude of photographic disciplines, from fine art, landscape, portrait, and architecture to scientific applications.
The new achromatic CMOS sensor provides instant Live View feedback, and the sensor’s ability to see IR light allows the Live View to display light that is normally invisible to the naked eye. Capturing in purely black and white means that even at high ISO, the details produced have an analog-like smoothness, similar to film grains on a black and white film. The absence of color makes it possible to stretch the images to the extreme and at the same time retain the pure black and white image quality demanded by the world´s best photographers.
The IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back also provides an Electronic Shutter, long exposure of up to 60 minutes, HDMI output, WiFi capabilities, full IQ3 XF Camera System integration, and compatibility with other camera bodies, as is standard with all IQ3 Digital Backs.
Availability and Pricing:
The IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back is available for order now through Phase One Partners: www.phaseone.com/partners. Contact your local Phase One Partner to arrange a demo.
The IQ3 100MP Achromatic is available for purchase now in a limited number. Shipping will begin in early August.
The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the IQ3 100MP Achromatic digital back is 49,990 USD.
All Phase One XF IQ3 Camera Systems are supplied with a free lens of choice from the Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring prime lens range, valued up to 6,990 USD.
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic, including XF Camera body and free lens choice is 54,990 USD.
Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lenses are available now through Phase One Partners: www.phaseone.com/partners
About Phase One
Phase One A/S is a provider of medium format digital photography systems and imaging solutions for professional photographers and industrial applications. Established in the early 1990s, Phase One has pioneered the field of digital camera systems and imaging software.
Phase One’s engineering and designs have produced imaging breakthroughs from high-resolution camera systems to advanced software for smooth photographic workflows and RAW file editing. Phase One’s understanding and ability to optimize hardware and software integration underscores their award-winning Capture One Pro software – widely preferred by professional photographers.
Phase One’s industrial division focuses on imaging accuracy for industrial applications ranging from aerial image acquisition to cultural heritage preservation – from mapping the globe, to protecting priceless works of art and documents.
Today, with control over all aspects of the medium format camera system supply chain, Phase One is uniquely positioned to help photographers and imaging experts everywhere stand out above the competition and realize their creative visions without compromise.
Based in Copenhagen Denmark, Phase One is dedicated to delivering the best image quality and user experience. With offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, and with its expert teams of global partners, Phase One is committed to serving and supporting its customers worldwide.
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