Phase One XF Camera Body

The XF Camera System is the ultimate creative companion for professional photographers looking to customize and streamline their workflow and deliver the best image quality. With a modular design that allows for a high degree of customization, integration with supporting systems and alternative camera systems, and a powerful connection with Capture One, every photographer can capture with their ideal workflow. Focused on the future, the XF Camera System and IQ digital backs are continuously updated, so that you change with technology, with the camera you already have.

©Andrei Duman; Phase One  XF IQ3 150 MP

The Total Package

  • Honeybee Autofocus System
  • Enhanced Tethering
  • Reduced shutter latency and shutter recycle time
  • One touch UI
  • Compatible with all generations of IQ Digital Backs

Why It Matters To Us…

The XF Camera represents a huge leap forward in technology and capability for Phase One owners. Complete integration and control with the IQ digital back. The reintroduction of the Waist Level Finder. Advanced integrated features like Focus Stacking, Time Lapse, and HDR (expanded bracketing). Customized Bulb. Built-in Profoto Air triggering. Flash performance analysis. Vibration detection modes.

The collaboration with Schneider-Kreuznach Germany completes the XF Camera by complementing it with the Blue Ring lenses. Elite, world-class optics designed to sync at up to 1/1600th of a second, these lenses are designed to resolve even the high resolution sensors of the Phase One digital backs.

©PaulReiffer 2018; Phase One IQ4 150 MP; LS 40-80 f/4.0-5.6

Waist Level Viewfinder
The waist-level finder is convenient for many styles of photography, be it in studio or on location. With the ability to retain the connection between photographer and model or simply to attain a more effective working position, the waist-level finder is a great addition to the creative toolbox.

Light metering is typically done through a cameras Prism viewfinder, a challenge that until now hasn’t been solved in a waist-level finder. The XF Camera System can measure the light on the newly designed HAP-1 autofocus platform. Using this ability, light metering is now available with the waist-level finder. You can purchase the Waist Level Viewfinder here.



Integrated Battery System
Use the same battery for camera and back.


Legendary Lens Lineup

Take advantage of the new Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses, digital focal plane lenses from Phase One or use your Mamiya 645 AF/AFD or Hasselblad V lenses for a broader choice and easy upgrade path. Combined with some of the world’s best digital backs, the Phase One XF camera offers the most versatile shutter speeds in the market, ranging from 1/4000s to 60 minutes. Combined with the new Phase One leaf shutter lenses the Phase One XF camera supports an unprecedented high flash sync speed of up to 1/1600s opening new creative windows for photographers.


Bright and Extensive Viewfinder Options

The mirror and viewfinder of the Phase One XF camera are almost three times larger than those of 35mm cameras, providing much greater control of focus and composition. While hosting a complete list of features and custom functions, the Phase One XF camera is extremely easy to use. All settings important to the exposure are easily controlled by manual dials and buttons.

As if the brightest full frame prism viewfinder wasn’t enough, make room for the new modular waist level finder. Light metering is typically done through a cameras Prism viewfinder, a challenge that until now hasn’t been solved in a waist-level finder. The XF Camera System can measure the light on the newly designed HAP-1 autofocus platform. Using this ability, light metering is now available with our waist-level finder. Issue solved.

With a solid glass prism, the 90° viewfinder is the brightest of its kind and has virtually no loss of light. Together with nearly 100% frame coverage, the prism viewfinder displays a perfect view of the scene and comes standard on all XF Camera Systems.


Completely Revamped Autofocus System

With XF they have introduced a new patent pending, and fully Phase One developed, autofocus system; The Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1). Using a unique floating-point architecture and a fully programmable interface, HAP-1 is the most precise Phase One system ever built. HAP-1 is designed with a brand new custom processor, coupled with a high-resolution CMOS AF sensor. Combining a unique floating-point architecture and a fully programmable interface, HAP-1 is easy to expand and will allow us to continuously tailor the autofocus system to meet your needs, providing user-accessible software updates for years to come.

The initial configuration of HAP-1 is built for precision in typical professional environments. Using a new white spectrum focus assist light and Phase One developed focusing patterns; Auto Focus is more accurate than ever, right out of the gate.

When photographers require the maximum allowable depth of field, the optimal technique used is to apply a hyperfocal distance measurement. Depending on aperture and lens used, the optimal Focus Point is typically a few steps under infinity. With the new Hyperfocal Point Focusing, it is now possible to set the ideal Hyperfocal Point for each lens and have HAP-1 automatically return to that specific point on demand.


Enhanced Tethering Experience
Phase One’s hardware and software teams have worked closer than ever to perfectly develop the IIQ RAW file, allowing all elements to play in perfect harmony. Images have never looked better. Capture One PRO is 30% faster for tethered use, and features a slew of new XF tethered controls,

The XF camera can be operated either from the camera itself or from a tethered computer. To achieve this, we have removed all hard-coded button functionality including any physical markings on the camera. This allows complete freedom to configure the systems controls to best fit your individual needs. 3 customizable dials and 6 customizable controls allow you to set your camera to whatever you want it to do.


New Construction and Built-in Options
The XF introduces an all-new electronic architecture. Designed in-house by Phase One, the XF is built using faster processors, newly designed sensor advancements, including gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers, and an integrated wireless Profoto flash trigger.

One of the most important elements of great photography is timing. With the latest iteration on mechanics introduced with the XF Camera System, we have significantly reduced shutter latency and shutter recycle time, making it our most responsive camera ever.


Enhanced Display and Controls

Two separate, yet fully integrated, touch displays are now available on the XF Camera System. The 1.6” grip screen is designed for clear visibility in any lighting condition using a transflective capacitive touch display. The digital back screen is a retina touch screen designed to show high-quality image previews, providing the ability to zoom to 100% with a simple tap. With 3.2” inch there is ample space to compose and review, as well as operate advanced tools.

The OneTouch UI on the XF camera is a seamless combination of intuitive dials, keys and touch screen interactions. Each operation is used only where it makes sense and where you want it. OneTouch UI is designed with the goal of making controls so simple that photographers will feel at home within moments of getting started.

Size & Weight

XF Camera System w/ 90° Prism Viewfinder (No Lens)152 x 135 x 160 mm1390g
XF Camera System w/ Waist Level Finder (No Lens)152 x 173 x 160 mm1020g
XF Camera Body w/o Battery152 x 108 x 85 mm790g
IQ3 Digital Back98.5 x 88.5 x 62.3 mm695g
90° Prism Viewfinder68 x 52 x 152 mm500g
Waist Level Finder67 x 17 x 57mm (closed)
67 x 65 x 57 (open)



BatteryBP-911/914/915 3400 mAh
PowershareIQ3 only
Battery ChargerIntegrated
Support for USB3 Charging Hub (1.5A)IQ3 only
High Capacity Back InterfaceIQ3 only



Flash TriggerIntegrated Profoto Wireless
Wireless Trigger Range20m (outside)
Back Flash SyncYes
Flash Sync Speed Focal Plane Shutters (Max)1/125s
Flash Sync Speed Leaf Shutters (Max)1/1600s



Imaging Sensors
Digital Back OptionsIQ3 50-80MP & IQ1 40-80MP with XF mounts
(See Specifications for Digital Backs)
Backwards CompatibilityIQ1 & IQ2 with P/M Mounts



90°Waist Level
Modular ViewfindersYesYes
Exchangeable Diopter3 Options7 Options
Frame Coverage97%97%
Diopter RangeRange from -5 to +3Range from -3 to +2
Default Diopter Magnification-2.5 to +2.50
Collapsable DiopterNoYes
Visible Exposure InfoYesNo


Lens Range:

Lens Range35mm Equivalent
Phase OneFocal Plane Lenses8 lenses
Focal Length Range28mm - 150mm17mm - 93mm
Schneider KreuznachLeaf Shutter Lenses12 lenses
Focal Length Range28mm - 240mm17mm - 149mm
Legacy Lens Support60+ lenses



Integrated Focal PlaneYes
Support for Leaf ShuttersYes
Shutter Priority SelectionLS or FPS
Longest Shutter Time (Recommended)60 Minutes
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000s
Flash Sync Speed Focal Plane Shutters (Max)1/125th
Flash Sync Speed Leaf Shutters (Max)1/1600th


Focus & Autofocus:

Autofocus SensorHAP-1 1M CMOS Sensor
Autofocus ProcessorHAP-1 Processor with Floating Point Architecture
Autofocus Assist lightHAP-1 Precision White Light
Hyperfocal Point FocusingYes
Upgradeable Autofocus Configurations & PatternsYes
Autofocus ModesSpot, Average, HyperFocal
Interchangeable Focusing ScreensMatte (default,) Split, Center Prism


Capture & Light Metering:

Frames per SecondVariable following digital back
Capture Drive ModesSingle, Continuous, Low Vibration, Exposure Bracketing (2-5 Frames)
Toggle Mirror-upYes
Capture From LiveviewYes
TTL Light MeteringAverage, Spot, Auto
HAP-1 Light MeteringUsed with Waist Level Finder
Viewfinder Black-out Time150ms (FPS,) 400ms (LS)
AE LockYes
Exposure Compensation+/- 5 EV

What’s in the box

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

©PaulReiffer Courtesy of Phase One with CI Edits

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