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The 101mp CMOS sensor and the Phase One IQ3 Platform created the perfect combination of precision, features, and quality to become the best selling digital camera system in the history of medium format photography.  Still today, it is the second highest quality imaging system ever created, only behind the Phase One IQ4 151mp camera system.

©Alexia Sinclair, Phase One XF 100 MP Camera System

Key Benefits

  • Full Frame Medium Format
  • 101 Megapixel Resolution
  • 15 Stop Dynamic Range
  • Pure Live View focusing
  • Built in Electronic Shutter system
  • XF and Open Platform Integration

Why It Matters To Us…

The IQ3 100 was the first ultra resolution, full frame 645mm medium format digital capture system that provided extended ISO, effective live view, and a built-in Electronic Shutter. The IQ3 100 changed the medium format landscape and continues to be a great value years later with dramatically reduced pricing.

As a result, today the IQ3 101mp is still the camera of choice in the high end commercial photo segment. Incredible versatility and workflow when combined with the XF or XT cameras contribute to this position.

Additionally, for the very best in accurate color reproduction, the IQ3 100 Trichomratic features a modified bayer filter set that increases color fidelity for extremely critical color applications.

©BellaKotak; Phase One XF IQ3 100 MP

Meet The Phase One IQ3 Family

  • Sony CMOS 645 full frame RGBG sensor
  • 101 megapixels
  • 645 full frame
  • ISO Range 50 – 12,800
  • 60 Minute Exposures
  • Sony CMOS 645 full frame RGBG Trichromatic sensor
  • 101 megapixels
  • 645 full frame
  • ISO Range 35 – 12,800
  • 60 Minute Exposures
  • Sony CMOS 645 full frame Achromatic sensor
  • 101 megapixels
  • 645 full frame
  • ISO Range 200 – 51,200
  • 60 Minute Exposures

Full Frame Platform 

The full frame medium format sensor found in the XF IQ3 100MP Camera System, 1.5x the size of crop sensor mirrorless medium format, allows you to capture more data, providing more detail and impressive results so that you can achieve your creative vision straight out of the camera. With the expanded output flexibility provided by the high resolution and up to 15 stops of dynamic range, your workflow options grow exponentially.

101-Mega Pixel Resolution

The high resolution, 101-megapixel CMOS sensor found in the XF IQ3 100MP Camera System was co-created with Sony with a singular focus on achieving the pinnacle in professional image quality.

15 Stop Dynamic Range

The Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Camera System delivers a remarkable 15 stops of dynamic range, retaining breathtaking 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, essential for the world’s most demanding photographers.

Electronic Shutter

The Electronic Shutter (ES) allows you to capture images without a single moving component. A first for medium format when introduced with Feature Update #3, the rolling shutter technology gives full capture control from the digital back, extending control and applications.

XF Integration & Local Platform

The IQ3 delivers a solution which is both modular and future-proof. The IQ3 gains tremendous functionality and workflow benefits when used as part of an XF Camera System but can also be used with a variety of other cameras for creative flexibility and project-specific need.The flexible modularity of the XF Camera System, and its seamless, feature-rich, and customizable workflow, helps professionals realize their most demanding creative visions. The XF Camera System allows for a wide selection of high resolution Schneider Kreuznach lenses and purpose-built IQ digital backs to be combined, and capture settings customized, for efficient and high quality RAW output.

Regardless of system choice, since 2015, the IQ3 has periodically delivered innovative feature improvements aimed at improving professional workflows. We listen to the needs of our photographers to guide our development in creating workflow innovations that continually provide the highest professional standard.

Phase One IQ3 SpecsIQ3 100IQ3 100 TrichromaticIQ3 100 Achromatic
Full- Frame 645 SensorYesYesYes
Lens Shift LatitudeGoodGoodGood
Sensor TechnologyCMOSCMOSCMOS
Megapixel Count101MP101MP101MP
Pixel Size4.6 Microns4.6 Microns4.6 Microns
ISO Range50 - 12,80035 - 12,800200 - 51,200
Dynamic Range15 Stops15 Stops15 Stops
Electronic Shutter Sync Speed (16 bit)0.6 sec0.6 sec1.3 sec
Electronic Shutter Sync Speed (14 bit)0.3 sec0.3 sec0.6 sec
Captures Per Second (16 Bit)0.7 fps0.7 fps0.7 fps
Captures Per Second (14 Bit)1.0 fps1.0 fps1.0 fps
Tethering InterfaceUSB 3 & Firewire 800USB 3 & Firewire 800USB 3 & Firewire 800
LCD Display3.0" Touch, 1.1 Million DPI3.0" Touch, 1.1 Million DPI3.0" Touch, 1.1 Million DPI

XF IQ3 Camera SystemXF IQ1 Camera System
Phase One XF Camera with Prism ViewfinderYesYes
IQ Digital BackChoice of 50MP, 60MP, or 80MPChoice of 40MP, 50MP, 60MP, 80MP
Waist Level Viewfinderoptionaloptional
Schneider Kreuznach 80mm LS f/2.8YesYes
Capture One Pro 8YesYes
Pelican Storm Carry on CaseYesNo
F-stop Phase One Flexible ICUYesNo
F-stop Phase One Laptop SunshadeYesNo
Charger for IQ3 & XFYesYes
3400 mAh Batteries42
16 GB CF-Card & ReaderYesNo
Gray Cards & LCC Calibration KitYesYes
Sensor Cleaning KitYesYes
FW & USB CableYesYes
Focusing ScreenYesYes

©Drew Altdoerffer; Phase One XF 100 MP Camera System

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