Phase One IQ Digital Backs

The new Phase One IQ Series of digital backs is available in three models. The Phase One IQ180 and Phase One IQ160 are full frame sensors at 80 and 60 megapixels respectively. The Phase One IQ140 is a 1.3x crop sensor at 40 megapixels. All three backs share the same great LCD, user interface, tethering interfaces, and optional 5-year Value Added Warranty.

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  • LCD
  • Interface
  • Live View
  • ISO & Sensor+
  • Warranty
  • USB and Firewire

The Best LCD of Any Camera

The LCD used on the Phase One IQ Digital Backs is the best LCD ever used on any SLR camera of any brand, and is light years ahead of any other medium format digital back. All Phase One IQ Digital Backs come with a 3.2″ Retina-type LCD. The term “retina” refers to displays where the pixel density is so high that, at standard viewing distances the pixels are imperceptible. The resolution, brightness, clarity, and color rendition of the Phase One IQ LCD is comparable to the iPhone 4, providing a view of the image on par with viewing medium format slide film on a light box. In addition the viewing angle of 170 degrees allows the image to be viewed by several people at once. Seeing is believing – sign up for a Demo (bottom of this page) or attend one of our upcoming roadshows across the country. 

Technical note: The “total pixels” chart above reflects the way LCD manufacturers talk about resolution. This is different (by a factor of 3) than the way photographers define resolution. Read more on our blog “LCD Resolutions Explained“.

Intuitive & Fast Multi-Touch Interface

The best way to understand a touch interface is to see it in action. Please watch the video above. Phase One designed their own custom multi-touch user interface  for the Phase One IQ Series of digital backs. An 8-image thumbnail browser can be swiped through with a single finger, a single tap can zoom the image to 100%, and two finger gestures such as pinch-to-zoom are also possible. Phase One knows that some users will use these backs in extreme environments, and provided four physical buttons that allow a photographer to access most functionality of the back (including ISO, WB, and reviewing images) with gloved hands.

Live Preview: Zoom up 400% and Adjustable Framerate and Brightness

Live View on the Back’s LCD Without a Computer

The Phase One IQ will be the first digital back to allow live view on the digital back without a computer. By building in a total of 9 cores worth of processing, including custom designed dedicated processors, and by working closely with DALSA, Phase One has been able to do what was previously thought to be impossible. For anyone who has used Digital Back Live View tethered to a computer, the experience should be very similar. The refresh rate should be sufficient (assuming light levels are optimal) to allow still life, interior, architectural, and landscape photographers the ability to check focus in real-time without the need to lug a laptop along (it will not be possible to use this feature off of a tripod due to the limitations of CCD sensors – expectations are for 1fps to 3fps). In addition to the new Focus Mask and fast 100% zoom views (or 200-400% zoom views for critical applications) Live View on the back will make the Phase One IQ the best back in the world for users of technical and view cameras.

Up to ISO3200 and 1.8 fps via Sensor+

All the backs in the Phase One IQ series feature the same Sensor+ technology found in the Phase One P65+ and Phase One P40+. The Phase One IQ140 in sensor+ mode is capable of shooting at ISO3200 and at 1.8 frames per second. Because of a large 1.5 gigabyte buffer, a total of 9 cores of processing power, and UDMA6 compact flash write speeds (or FW800/USB3 tethering) the Phase One IQ140 can sustain that speed for a very high number of frames, unlike many dSLRs and competitive medium format systems which slow down drastically after an initial burst of speed. Because of the flexibility of Sensor+ the Phase One IQ Backs have the flexibility of two cameras in one. For instance the Phase One IQ180:

  • In full resolution mode it produces 80 megapixel files allowing prints of up to an A1 poster size at true photographic resolution (300dpi) or far larger with only moderate interpolation, the highest resolution available today
  • In Sensor+ mode the Phase One IQ180 produces highly details 20 megapixel images, more than enough for a double-page magazine spread.

You can read the technical explanation of Sensor+, including the patented non-rectangular binning pattern. Note: The firmware enabling the USB port on the IQ is not yet released. So for the moment USB tethering is not possible. This firmware update is expected reasonably soon; if USB is critical to your usage please contact us for the most up to date estimate of when it will be enabled via free firmware update.

Durability, Reliability, and Warranty

Phase One has long had the reputation for making the most durable and reliable digital backs in the industry. The Phase One P+ backs have been baked in an oven, frozen in dry ice, dropped onto concrete and used to hold up a two-ton truck. The IQ series of digital backs are even stronger. The Phase One IQ series is milled from a single block of Aerospace Grade Aluminum. The battery compartment has been moved into an internal housing to reduce it’s exposure to the elements, and the black coloring has been accomplished by anodization rather than painting to ensure it will never chip or crack. Phase One is ready to stand behind it’s lofty claims that the Phase One IQ series of backs will be even more durable and reliable than the P+ series, widely regarded as the (previously) most reliable backs in the world.

The standard manufacturer warranty (no additional cost) on the Phase One IQ series is a one year warranty. In addition, a $4,000 Value Added Warranty extends the warranty an additional four years for a total of five years of Value Added Warranty, and includes a free loaner digital back shipped within 24-hours to anywhere in the world during the duration of any repairs, as well as adding a variety of accessories.

USB2 / USB3 / FW800 / FW400

The Phase One H, P and P+ backs all used only Firewire 400, while most dSLRs use USB. , but it’s also less universal. Many computers, including the ultra portable but still very powerful MacBook Air as well as ultra portable PC laptops, do not include a firewire port. The Phase One IQ Series of digital backs ends that compromise by providing four tethering options on every back.

  • FW800: Twice as fast as the FW400 used in the H/P/P+ series.   FW800 provides very fast tethering.
  • FW400: Because firewire 800 is backwards compatible to firewire 400 any computer with FW400 can be used for tethering
  • USB3: The Phase One IQ series are the only digital backs with USB3 tethering, providing, by far, the fastest throughput for tethering of any digital camera system made.
  • USB2: because USB3 is backwards compatible to USB2, any computer with USB2 can also be used to tether to a Phase One IQ digital back.  This includes the MacBook Air and PC laptops.

In addition, all Phase One IQ digital backs feature a built-in battery charger. When tethered by FW400 or FW800 the Phase One IQ will charge a battery (if present) in the battery bay. Note: The firmware enabling the USB port on the IQ is not yet released. So for the moment USB tethering is not possible. This firmware update is expected reasonably soon; if USB is critical to your usage please contact us for the most up to date estimate of when it will be enabled via free firmware update.


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State of the art in digital photography – combining 80 megapixels resolution and unprecedented dynamic range captured in full frame. The IQ 180 delivers absolutely stunning image quality.

  • 80 megapixel resolution
  • Sensor+
  • High Resolution Display
  • Touch control
  • Integrated battery charger
  • In-Camera Focus Mask
  • Fast tethered capture
  • Rugged design

IQ 180 Sensor Size

  • CCD – Full frame CCD
  • Lens Factor – 1.0 / Full frame
  • Resolution – 80 megapixel
  • Active Pixels – 10320 x 7752 pixels
  • CCD Size Effective – 53.9 mm x 40.4 mm
  • Pixel Size – 5.2 x 5.2 micron
  • Image Ratio – 4:3
  • Dynamic Range – 12.5 f-stops

     LCD screen

  • Size – 3.2″
  • Resolution – 1.15 megapixel
  • Retina Type Multi-touch Screen
  • Viewing angle – 170º

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Full frame 645 format captures with amazing 60 megapixel resolution and a wide dynamic range makes the IQ160 a perfect choice for demanding photographers.

  • 60 megapixel resolution
  • Sensor+
  • High Resolution Display
  • Touch control
  • Integrated battery charger
  • In-Camera Focus Mask
  • Fast tethered capture
  • Rugged design

 

IQ160 Sensor

  • CCD – Full frame CCD
  • Lens Factor – 1.0 / Full frame
  • Resolution – 60.5 megapixel
  • Active pixels – 8984 x 6732 pixels
  • CCD size effective – 53.9 mm x 40.4 mm
  • Pixel size – 6 x 6 micron
  • Image ratio – 4:3
  • Dynamic range – 12.5 f-stops
  • Resolution 60.5 megapixel
  • Pixel size: 6 x 6 micron
  • RAW file compression
  • IIQ large: 60 MB
  • IIQ small: 40 MB
  • ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800

LCD screen

  • Size – 3.2″
  • Resolution – 1.15 megapixel
  • Retina Type Multi-touch Screen
  • Viewing angle – 170º

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Created to satisfy the individual workflow and creativity of professional photographers, the new IQ150 digital back captures at impressive 50 megapixel resolution and provides the finest detail, color rendition and sharpness possible.

  • 50 megapixel resolution
  • High Resolution Display
  • Touch control
  • Integrated battery charger
  • In-Camera Focus Mask
  • Fast tethered capture
  • Rugged design

IQ150 Sensor

  • Sensor: CMOS
  • Lens Factor – 1.3 / Full frame
  • Resolution – 50 megapixel
  • Active pixels – 8280 x 6208
  • CCD size effective – 44 mm x 33 mm
  • Pixel size – 5.3 x 5.3 micron
  • Image ratio – 4:3
  • Dynamic range – 14 f-stops
  • Resolution 50 megapixel
  • Pixel size: 5.3 x 5.3 micron
  • RAW file compression
  • IIQ large: 50 MB
  • IIQ small: 33 MB
  • ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400

LCD screen

  • Size – 3.2″
  • Resolution – 1.15 megapixel
  • Retina Type Multi-touch Screen
  • Viewing angle – 170º

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Beauty and speed in one package – the IQ140 offers images with stunning 40 megapixel resolution and can capture up to 1.4 images per second, making it an ideal tool for fashion and editorial work.

  • 40 megapixel resolution
  • Sensor+
  • High Resolution Display
  • Touch control
  • Integrated battery charger
  • In-Camera Focus Mask
  • Fast tethered capture
  • Rugged design

IQ140 Sensor

  • CCD – Full frame CCD
  • Lens Factor – 1.3 / Full frame
  • Resolution – 40 megapixel
  • Active pixels – 7320 x 5484
  • CCD size effective – 44 mm x 33 mm
  • Pixel size – 6 x 6 micron
  • Image ratio – 4:3
  • Dynamic range – 12.5 f-stops
  • Resolution 40 megapixel
  • Pixel size: 6 x 6 micron
  • RAW file compression
  • IIQ large: 40 MB
  • IIQ small: 26 MB
  • ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800

LCD screen

  • Size – 3.2″
  • Resolution – 1.15 megapixel
  • Retina Type Multi-touch Screen
  • Viewing angle – 170º

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