Phase One XF 100MP Camera Systems

The Phase One XF Camera System stands alone as the state-of-the-art in medium format camera design. When compared against its closest competitor, the XF’s touch screen operation, elegant menu systems, Blue Ring lenses, Vertical grip, and Capture One workflow are light years ahead. There are two Phase One 100mp backs:

The flagship Phase One IQ3 100mp comes fully loaded with cutting edge features like built in wireless remote control/review/editing, customizable clipping indicator, long exposure calculator, and comes with a five year warranty that includes a loaner during any service.

The Phase One IQ1 100mp has the same great sensor and image quality as the IQ3 100mp, but eschews some features and package inclusions (e.g. no rolling hard case) in pursuit of a lower cost of entry, and widening the range of our 100mp offerings.

Full Frame CMOS.
Full Color.

Professional color management has always been an essential part of ensuring Phase One shooters get the ultimate image quality they demand. Phase One’s own Image Professor, Niels V. Knudsen and his team have worked for decades perfecting the color response of Phase One hardware, ensuring accurate colors are delivered while maintaining customized, pleasing and dynamic file render is emphasized. The Phase One Color is not just a science but a passion that runs deep at Phase One and a essential part of what makes a Phase One shooter stand out.

Phase One XF Camera System with IQ3 100mp

Say hello to 100 megapixel CMOS

Here is what we love about the new 100mp camera system

For quite some time Digital Photography has surpassed analog films in terms of resolution, ISO and Dynamic Range, but often at the sacrifice of one feature for another. Manufactures and engineers continue to strive towards reproducing the textures and tonal feel inherent to analog photography while maintaining all possible benefits of digital photography. At Phase One this pursuit has always been central to what defines ultimate image quality. With the introduction of 16-bit Color Depth, coupled with CMOS ISO flexibility, the XF 100MP delivers a natural texture and tonal feel never before seen in digital camera system. For photographers striving for perfection, 16-bit Color is an essential addition to the versatility and resolution of the XF 100MP Camera System.

By combining new sensor technology and years of experience in noise suppression through Capture One software, the Phase One XF 100MP ISO range delivers unparalleled creative freedom and performance in all shooting conditions. With a previously unthinkable base ISO of 50, the Phase One XF 100MP delivers the flexibility of longer exposures and unrestricted use of fast lenses, all while providing the cleanest possible results. Expanding on CMOS technology, the XF 100MP can offer higher ISO versatility and, with Capture One software, retain excellent noise suppression and file rendering.

The XF 100MP system is a terrific camera for producing fine art photography. The combination of a full 100MP image, plus 60 minutes of exposure time, and the low noise and wide dynamic range inherent in our CMOS sensor creates images that are simply stunning.

Leaf Shutter lenses are designed together with world-renowned optics manufacturer, Schneider Kreuznach of Germany. Building on decades of experience in high-resolution optics and precision manufacturing, the Leaf Shutter Lenses are some of the sharpest lenses in the world and ready to compliment the new Phase One XF 100MP Camera System.

Family view of the Phase One XF Camera system and IQ3 100mp including the 35mm LS, 150mm LS, 120mm LS, 80mm LS and 120mm Tilt-Shift

Precision. Period.

The most precise Sensors, Lenses and Shutters

The addition of “Electronic First Curtain Shutter” to the XF 100MP Camera System means a further reduction in adverse vibration effects on high-resolution images. The benefit of EFCS is a significant reduction in camera vibration as it allows less mechanical dependency, which greatly improves sharpness when using shutter speeds that demand the steadiest conditions. The EFCS is worry free as it automatically activates when using Vibration Delay or activating Mirror Up.

Phase One and Sony have been development partners for years, the 50MP sensor being the first milestone of our cooperation, now found in the XF IQ3 50MP. Creating the full frame sibling to the 50MP CMOS system has been a top priority of Phase One for years. Phase One sensor experts have been working hard to optimize the complete use of the 100MP sensor for the worlds most demanding photographers.

HAP-1 is designed from the ground up with a custom processor coupled with a dedicated high-resolution CMOS sensor. This combination creates a unique floating-point architecture and a fully programmable interface, HAP-1 is easy to expand, update and customize. HAP-1 was engineered and designed with resolution advancements, and future technology growth, in mind.

Vibration reduction is certainly important for sharp images, but increases in importance at an exponential rate when resolution increases and pixel size decreases. The XF 100MP Camera System benefits from advanced Vibration Reduction Communication throughout the entire system to ensure that the right tools are used at the right time, ensuring crisp, clean and detail rich images with each capture. The entire XF Camera System is key to ensure the full potential of your 100MP resolution is met.

With the large, high-resolution touch screen of the XF 100MP Camera System, Live View can be displayed in all its beauty directly on the system. Double-tap on the display to zoom to 100% and adjust focus with immediate visual feedback. With the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System it is easy to achieve perfect focus, even in the most demanding conditions.

Output via Wi-fi, USB and now HDMI

One distinct advantage of the 100MP camera system is the improvement in live view capabilities associated with the CMOS image sensor. Both Phase One IQ backs feature USB for tethering and HDMI for attaching an external HD video monitor. The IQ3 series also features built-in Wi-Fi allowing the user to monitor wirelessly directly to an IOS device using our Capture Pilot software. Capture Pilot also works with the IQ1 series, but only when tethering and broadcasting the Wi-Fi from the tethered computer.

HDMI out with the Phase One IQ3 100MP

15 stops of Dynamic Range

The 100MP Advantage

The Phase One XF 100MP Camera System delivers an unparalleled 15 stops of dynamic range, retaining unmatched detail in both highlights and shadows. This is the highest performing system in terms of dynamic range that the Medium Format world has to offer. The Phase One XF 100MP Camera System is engineered to provide the detail and unmatched quality, demanded by the worlds leading photographers.

IQ3 and IQ1 resolutions of 50MP, 60MP, 80MP and now the new 100MP not only deliver 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.

The IQ1 series lacks the built-in Wi-Fi to connect directly to an IOS device via a wireless link. However, a tethered IQ1 series back can still be monitored with Capture Pilot by broadcasting the Wi-Fi signal from the tethered computer.


CMOS sensor technology allows for an unmatched Live View experience. With the IQ3 50MP, and now the IQ3 and IQ1 100MP, Live View is greatly improved with the ability to capture during Live View operation. Whether you are using Live View on the digital back itself or through Capture One Pro, a simple click of the shutter will capture your image at full resolution just as you are seeing it in real-time. Once the image is captured, you’ll seamlessly return to live view to continue your required workflow.

Technical Specs

IQ3  IQ1  Features
Yes No Electronic Shutter on 100mp model
Yes No Capture from Live View
Yes No Exposure Calculator
Yes Yes XF Camera Controls from Home Screen
Yes No XF Camera Controls from Tool view
Yes No XF Camera Controls from Camera Menu
Yes No XF Camera Menu with settings for XF
Yes No Exposure Zone Tool
Yes No Clip Warning Tool
Yes No Auto ISO and ISO control
IQ3 IQ1 Storage
Yes No Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11n
Yes Yes USB 3
Yes Yes Firewire 800
Yes No High capacity back interface
 IQ3 IQ1  Power
Yes No Power Share with hot pluggable batteries
Yes No Full system power via XF Power Supply
Yes No Advanced Battery Status Indicators
Yes No USB3 Charging from Hub(1500mA)
 IQ3 IQ1  Warranty
1 Year 1 Year Warranty
No No 5 Year Uptime Guarantee (loaner)
 IQ3  IQ1 Packaging
Yes No Free lens choice upon purchase
Yes No Pelican Storm Case (w/ handle & wheels)
Yes No Modular F-stop ICU for camera system
Yes No Laptop Compartment, Built-in Tether Shade
Yes No Card Reader and CF card
Yes No Lens Calibration plate
Yes No 2 batteries
Yes No Tech camera sync cable


IQ3 100MP

IQ1 100MP

IQ3 80MP

IQ3 60MP

IQ3 50MP

Resolution 101 Megapixel  101 Megapixel 80 Megapixel 60 Megapixel 50 Megapixel
Sensor Format / Size
IQ3 100mp 100 megapixel sensor size  IQ3 100mp 100 megapixel sensor size IQ3 80mp 80 megapixel sensor size IQ3 60mp 60 megapixel sensor size IQ3 50mp 50 megapixel CMOS sensor size
Electronic Shutter Yes No No No No
Long Exposure  60 min.   60 min. 60 min. 60 min. 60 min.
16 bit Opticolor+  YES   YES YES YES NO
Dynamic Range  15 f-stops   15 f-stops 13 f-stops 13 f-stops 14 f-stops
Sensitivity (ISO)  50 – 12800   50 – 12800 50-800 50-800 100-6400
Sensitivity (ISO) – Long Exp.  50 – 12800   50 – 12800 200-3200 140-3200 100-6400
Sensor+ (ISO) – 1/4 of total res.  No Sensor+   No Sensor+ 200-3200 200-3200 No Sensor+
Lens Factor  1  1 1 1 1.3
Active Pixels  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 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 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 43.7 x 32.8 cm 38 x 28.5 cm 35.0 x 26.3 cm
Mount Options  XF/DF+/H  XF/DF+/H XF/H/V XF(IQ2 available
for H/V)
XF(IQ2 available
for H/V)
3.2″ Touch Display YES  YES YES YES YES
High Bandwidth Ports YES  YES YES YES YES
XF Body Powershare YES  YES YES YES YES
Wi-Fi 802.11 n YES  YES YES YES YES

Captures Per Second

Focal Plane (Full res.)  1.4   1.4 0.8 0.9 1.8
Focal Plane (Sensor+)  N/A   N/A 1.1 1.2 N/A
Leaf Shutter (Full res.)  1.2  1.2 0.7 0.8 1.4
Leaf Shutter (Sensor+)  N/A N/A 1 1.4 N/A

Phase One XF and IQ Camera System Technical Specification PDF



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