Digital Backs

We use the best digital backs and sensors for our imaging systems. We have partnered with Phase One and Mamiya Leaf to bring the best quality with the highest resolution to our systems and to you. You won’t find a better quality image producer anywhere.
We are also proud to announce the first ever 100 megapixel digital back from Phase One, read on for more.

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Introducing the IQ3 100mp – The first 100 megapixel sensor

Phase One has always strived to offer our customers the ultimate photographic flexibility. They were the first to offer Full Frame Medium Format CCD systems and now the first to offer a Full Frame Medium Format CMOS solution. The Phase One XF 100MP Camera System offers the same great advantages of full frame usability with the added benefits of CMOS. No lens crop factors, no focus screen masks, just uncompromised image quality from edge to edge.

Color Built for Cultural Heritage

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. The Phase One Color is not just a science but a passion that runs deep at Phase One.

Electronic Shutter

The IQ3 100MP has a sensor based electronic shutter which allows vibration free capture with infinite durability. This is especially helpful in high-volume digitization (where durability and reliability are paramount) and the digitization of film (which is sensitive to vibration).

Shoot clean with ISO 50 - 12800

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.

A Joint Sensor Partnership
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.
Output via Wi-fi, USB and now HDMI

With the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System delivering a consistent high-quality Live View feed, it is possible to output the feed through Wi-Fi, USB or the newly added HDMI output port. Whether you are shooting tethered to a computer, connected to Capture Pilot via Wi-Fi, or attach a field monitor using the new HDMI port, you can use Live View to efficiently elevate the precision of your focus and composition. HDMI output creates substantial opportunities for your workflow, be it onset to an external display or in the field for a more robust Live View experience, the HDMI output provides you with composition tools and a workflow that works for you.

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One shot from the IQ3 100MP, red square shows the 100% zoom portion. FADGI 4 Verified.
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The sensors in the IQ3 100MP, 80MP, IQ3 60MP, IQ3 50MP and IQ2 60MP Achromatic are exclusively found in Phase One products. Not only are they exclusive they are more than twice this size of a 35mm DSLR like Canon or Nikon. Their size allows you to realize the full potential of your lenses. Whether it’s a tight interior space or scenic vista, the full frame sensors mean you’ll get more out of every scene.


IQ3 100MP

IQ3 80MP

IQ3 60MP

IQ3 50MP

Resolution101 Megapixel80 Megapixel60 Megapixel50 Megapixel
Sensor Format and Size Upload-Grid-Images_13 Upload-Grid-Images_13Upload-Grid-Images_19iq250-sensor-size
Long Exposure 60 min.60 min.60 min.60 min.
16 bit Opticolor+ YESYESYESNO
Dynamic Range 15 f-stops13 f-stops13 f-stops14 f-stops
Sensitivity (ISO) 50 – 1280050-80050-800100-6400
Sensitivity (ISO) – Long Exp. 50 – 12800200-3200140-3200100-6400
Sensor+ (ISO) – 1/4 of total res. No Sensor+200-3200200-3200No Sensor+
Lens Factor 1111.3
Active Pixels 11608 x 870810328 x 77608984 x 67328280 x 6208
Pixel Size (micron)4.6 x 4.65.2 x 5.26.0 x 6.05.3 x 5.3
Output image dim. 300 DPI 98.3 x 73.287.4 x 65.6 cm76.1 x 57 cm70.1 x 52.6 cm
Output image dim. 600 DPI 49.1 x 36.943.7 x 32.8 cm38 x 28.5 cm35.0 x 26.3 cm
Mount Options XF/DF+/HasselbladXF/H/VXF(IQ2 available for H/V)XF(IQ2 available for H/V)
3.2″ Touch Display YESYESYESYES
High Bandwidth Ports YESYESYESYES

Captures Per Second

Focal Plane (Full res.)
Focal Plane (Sensor+) N/A1.11.2N/A
Leaf Shutter (Full res.)
Leaf Shutter (Sensor+) N/A11.4N/A

Pushing image quality beyond megapixels IQ2 digital backs offer stunning image quality with up to 80 megapixel captures. At the heart of these digital backs sit the largest cutting-edge sensors on the market; up to 2.5 times larger than the sensors found in full-frame 35mm DSLR cameras.






IQ260 Achromatic

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Sensor Format and Size   
Lens Factor1.
Sensor Size (mm)44.0 x 33.053.7 x 40.453.9 x 40.453.9 x 40.4
Active Pixels, Full Resolution

8280 x 6208

10,328 x 77608,984 x 6,7328,984 x 6,732
Active Pixels, Sensor*N/A5,162 x 3,8784,490 x 3,364N/A
Pixel size (micron)5.3 x 5.3Full Res: 5.2 x 5.2 Sensor*: 10.4 x 10.4Full Res: 6 x 6 Sensor*: 12 x 12Full Res: 6 x 6 Sensor*: 12 x 12
Resolution (megapixels)5080 (20 with Sensor+)60.5 (15 with Sensor+)60.5
Light Sensitivity (ISO)100-6400 ISO35-800 (140-3200 in Sensor+) 50-800 (200-3200 in Sensor+) 200-3200
Exposure Time1/10,000 sec – 1 hour1/10,000 sec – 2 minutes1/10,000 sec – 1 hour (@ISO140)1/10,000 sec – 2 minutes
Image Quality 14 f-stops16 bit-Opticolor, 12.5 f-stops, Lens+ technology
Capture Time (frames per sec*)1.20.7 (0.9 in Sensor+)1.0 (1.4 in Sensor+)1.0
Image Buffer2 GB1 GB
Display3.2″ Touch screen with 1.15 megapixels 290 ppi (dpi) 16 million colors, 170° viewing angle

*Max expected performance. The actual performance will be dependent on the camera model and on the camera and digital back capture modes.