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Phase One Announces the World's First 100MP Achromatic Digital Back

Press release   •   May 10, 2017 13:00 CEST

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 Seligner, 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 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: 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:

For more details, please go to: or book a demo

About Phase One and Capture One

Capture One is the award-winning professional choice in image editing software. With native support for more than 500 camera models, Capture One software offers fast and powerful RAW conversion, image editing and asset management. Capture One features a highly responsive processing engine, unmatched color handling, precision-editing tools, and seamless tethered support.

Capture One is developed by Phase One A/S, the world’s leading manufacturer of medium format digital photography systems and imaging solutions for professional photographers, and cultural heritage and industrial solutions. Established in 1993, Phase One has pioneered the field of digital camera systems and imaging software, including multiple breakthroughs – from the world’s first 100MP camera systems to advanced imaging workflows in Capture One.

By controlling all aspects of the medium format camera system supply chain, Phase One is uniquely positioned to help photographers and imaging experts everywhere stand out from the competition and realize their creative visions without compromise.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with offices in New York, Tokyo, Cologne, Shanghai and Tel Aviv, Phase One is committed to delivering an unmatched level of service and support to every customer through this expert team of global partners.

Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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