Phase One announces three new digital cameras that have been outfitted with image sensors of high-resolution. These latest Phase One cameras have been named Phase One Q140, IIQ160 and Q180 which includes sensor
capacities of 40, 60.5 and 80-megapixels respectively.
The trio of Phase One cameras additionally includes the same retina-type display that’s featured on the iPhone 4, and features in 3.2 inch size which includes a 1.15 megapixel high resolution sporting 16 million colors, a viewing angle of 170-degree and 290 ppi.
Phaseone IQ180 Medium Format Digital Camera Back
The IQ180 ISO sensor range on the is from 50 and 800 including a Sensor+ mode sensitivity as high as ISO 3200. This IQ180 provides a huge 1GB ram capacity . All three cameras are also included with a new USB 3.0 FireWire 800 connector allowing you facilitate super high speed photo transfers to your computer
The cameras sensors also automatically reveal if the camera is level from side to side. or front to back These feature allow you to level the camera easily when on a shoot
particularly while it’s set up with CaptureOne software, permitting automatic
leveling of the photo in any direction
The IQ180 Phase One will begin arriving near the last part of April 2011 and will include a whopping $44K price tag. The other two lower-level models, IQ140 and IQ160 will ship at a later time in May. The prices are currently unknown.
Copenhagen, January 24, 2011
Phase One, the world’s leading pro photography
equipment provider, today announced a bold new
generation of medium format digital camera backs.
The Phase One IQ180, IQ160 and IQ140 digital camera
backs feature maximum resolutions of 80, 60.5 and 40
high quality megapixels respectively. This series
sets new standards for medium format camera system
handling and performance.
The Phase One IQ180
captures at full-frame 80 megapixel resolution, with
a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. It is the first
product of its kind to feature a USB3 connection,
facilitating faster image transfers in the future.
The IQ180 also features a FireWire 800 connection,
ensuring the fastest tethered capture speeds
possible today. For untethered shooting, the IQ180
digital back’s new memory card interface is so fast
that it eliminates buffering delays, supporting
continuous shooting until a card is filled.
“I am amazed by the image quality I’ve gotten
‘out of the box’ with the Phase One IQ180 on the
Phase One 645DF camera. I can create images with
more detail and unique looks than with any other
camera out there. It helps me develop styles unique
to me,” said lifestyle photographer Jens Honoré.
A newly-designed 3.2 inch retina type, multi
touch screen features 1.15 megapixel resolution,
providing the highest resolution and largest display
of any SLR type camera available today. This means
that very fine details can be checked instantly
during a photo shoot -- for instance using Phase
One’s unique Focus Mask and the instant zoom
function. The automatic adjustment of brightness and
contrast ensures that the display is visible under
various light conditions.
Context-sensitive controls, such as the instant
zoom function, allow a photographer to zoom into an
image using one finger only. Small histograms and
highlight warnings can be enlarged to full screen
view by a simple touch. The new Focus Mask available
during preview helps validate depth-of-field and
image focus. The wide format display allows for a
full 4:3 aspect ratio VGA resolution image next to
histogram, highlight warning, focus mask, EXIF data,
and touch controls. This touch screen display is
complemented by Phase One’s intuitive 4-button
“The new high-resolution multi touch screen with its
intuitive controls is a perfect tool for checking
image quality right at the moment of capture. With
this display quality, I can leave my laptop at home,
and ultimately this makes my work easier,” said
architectural photographer, Eugeni Pons. (website:
Phase One’s patent-pending Sensor+ technology,
built into the Phase One IQ180, supports a variety
of shooting conditions. One can capture images with
full 80 megapixels resolution or, using Sensor+
mode, switch instantly to capture images with 20
megapixels resolution at 4 times higher sensitivity,
up to ISO 3200. This flexibility is very useful
under low light conditions; there is no need to slow
down to change cameras, and there’s no crop or lens
factor. One gets the maximum wide-angle performance
from the existing lens, higher ISO levels, and a
According to fashion photographer Stefan Kapfer,
“The new IQ180 suits my work very well. I can use
the full 80 megapixel resolution for my high end
fashion shots, and the 20 megapixel images I get
from the Sensor+ technology give me a faster
workflow when I do work for catalogue production.
It’s really two perfect solutions in one system.”
Compatibility is improved between the IQ digital
backs and the Phase One 645DF camera body. The power
state of the digital back can now be controlled
directly from the 645DF camera. An integrated
battery charger ensures that the battery is charged
while one is shooting tethered, offering more
Capture One 6
Capture One 6 has been optimized for shooting with
Phase One IQ digital backs. Together with the IQ
series backs this professional RAW converter and
image editing software will deliver the world’s
highest image quality with excellent color and
detail. The software comprises all the tools
required to capture, organize, edit, share and print
images for an efficient workflow.
Reliability and Service
Pro photographers can rely on Phase One IQ digital
backs to get their jobs done. Their highly durable
build quality is designed and tested to work in the
toughest environments, including extreme heat, cold
All Phase One products represent long-term
investment value with superior service. For
professionals, this protection is priceless,
especially when shooting in unfamiliar situations
and locations around the world.
Various service levels are available for Phase
One IQ digital backs. For example, a value-added
option includes a life-time (5 year) warranty, a
free loaner unit during repair and other options.
Phase One offers 365 days round the clock support
delivered on-line and backed up by dedicated
partners and a global support team.
For a complete list of all the new Phase One IQ
digital back features, including supported camera
bodies, please see www.phaseone.com/iq
Availability and Pricing
The Phase One IQ180 is expected to be available end
of April 2011. The Phase One IQ160 and IQ140 are
expected to be available end of May 2011. The
products may be ordered now through Phase One
professional photography partners worldwide:
Prices for new digital backs start at 16.990 EUR
/ 21.990 USD. Attractive upgrade offers are
available for all existing Phase One photographers.