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13 September 2017

Phase One has announced its Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, featuring an innovative CMOS sensor designed to capture color "as perceived by the human eye," according to the company. In addition to a new level of color fidelity, the sensor has a base ISO of 35 for "super clean color," according to the Phase One's Lau Nørgaard.

Trichromatic Digital Back. ISO 35, more accurate color.

The new sensor technology is the result of a longstanding collaboration between Sony and Phase One. The sensor design, incorporating "incorporates new Bayer Filter color technology," is exclusive to Phase One through an agreement with Sony Semiconductor.

The company also announced XF Camera System Feature Update #4 today.

TECH NOTES

Phase One has published The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Release Note to explain some of the details behind the new sensor.

That includes the diagram below, illustrating the difference between the new sensor (left) and a typical Bayer filter sensor:

The point is that the new design is capable of "cleaner color separation of the red, green and blue pixels, particularly at lower wavelengths" which allows for "richness and control that otherwise cannot be achieved."

Further on in the document, Phase One discloses that the Bayer pattern itself is the same as it's always been:

The filter array of the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic remains as a standard RGBG Bayer filter mosaic. As this sensor is customized specifically for color, the filtering material that defines the color response of each individual pixel has been customized to produce cleaner R, G and B values.

It's what the sensor is doing with that filtered luminance data that is different. Richly colored scenes will show the difference more clearly "as there is less contamination (and therefore improved additive color control) from neighboring hues."

In the clip below Nørgaard introduces the new back's color properties as well as the XF Camera System Feature Update #4:

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications for the new back include:

IQ3 100MP TRICHROMATIC SPECIFICATIONS
Sensor 101-megapixel CMOS sensor
11,608 x 8, 709 pixels
4.6 x 4.6 micron pixel size
Mount XF mount
Bit Depth 14 and 16 bits
Long Exposure 60 minutes
16-bit Opticolor Yes
ISO 35 to 12,800
Lens Factor 1
Display 3.2-inch touch display
Interface High bandwidth
Connectivity WiFi (802.11n)
XF Powershare Yes

Phase One provided a comparison table of its digital backs as well.

SAMPLE IMAGES

Phase One also provided a few sample images captured with the new sensor.

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Sample Images. Click on the image to see a slide show.

The images were provided after processing that stripped the original exposure information.

PRICE, AVAILABILITY

The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is available now through Phase One Partners for $44,990. The XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System, including XF Camera Body, free Prime Lens choice and a five-year warranty is $49,990.

For more information see the news release below.

Introducing the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back

The art of expression. The science of color.

COPENHAGEN -- Phase One has announced the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, based on a new CMOS sensor designed to capture color as perceived by the human eye. The new sensor technology in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is the brainchild of a longstanding collaboration between Sony and Phase One. The result is astonishing color definition -- with which champions of photography are able to create and express their artistic visions more accurately than ever before.

In this way, Phase One's latest product brings unsurpassed color quality to the hands of the finest photographers across the globe.

The 100-megapixel CMOS sensor in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back incorporates new Bayer Filter color technology, the result of Phase One's close working relationship with Sony. Available exclusively through Phase One, this new technology transforms digital color capabilities to render color more authentically than ever, giving the world's foremost photographers 101-megapixels of unprecedented creativity.

To learn more about the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, visit http://www.phaseone.com/trichromatic.

"As a photographer, one of the things that excites me the most is having the opportunity to use color to evoke emotion. The Trichromatic Camera System itself becomes a true extension of my vision and what my eye sees and what my eye wants to express -- the camera delivers," said Tony Hewitt, fine art photographer.

This pioneering sensor design has also established the lowest and therefore cleanest base ISO of any medium format CMOS sensor. At an impressive ISO 35, the results of the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic are crisp and clean, providing the absolute lowest digital noise for any CMOS system of its size.

"The ability to capture an image that reflects exactly what you see the moment you press the shutter button, with little interpretation or conjecture, is a fantastic leap for photography and more importantly, for the integrity of image quality," said Niels Knudsen, Phase One Image Quality Professor.

Availability and Pricing

The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is available now through Phase One Partners. Contact your local Phase One Partner to arrange a demo.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is $44,990.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System, including XF Camera Body, free Prime Lens choice and a 5-year warranty is $49,990.

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.

For more details, visit http://www.phaseone.com or book a demo at http://www.phaseone.com/DemoSignup.


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