Introducing the new range of IQ3 Digital Backs

Imaging Sensors

The digital back is, in essence, an imaging sensor enclosed within a detachable magazine that includes all the electronic and processing power needed to capture amazing medium format images.

Full frame medium format

The sensors in the IQ3 100MP, IQ3 80MP, IQ3 60MP and IQ2 60MP Achromatic are exclusively found in Phase One products. Not only are they exclusive, they’re the biggest around! 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.

60 minute exposures

With our new and exclusive 100 megapixel imaging sensor, the IQ3 Digital Backs can deliver extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across 50MP, 60MP, 80MP and 100MP configurations.

Temperature graph tool

To ensure the best quality of long-exposure imaging it is important to operate the digital capture device at a relatively constant temperature. When turning on an IQ Digital Back the power consumption will lead to a temperature increase that stabilizes in time.


With our patented Sensor+ technology in the IQ3 Digital Backs you can easily switch from high-resolution and low ISO captures to lower resolution and higher ISO captures, without degrading the pixel level quality of the image.

Image Quality

Dynamic range

The extreme dynamic range of the IQ3 Digital Back range (up to 15 f-stops in the case of the IQ3 100MP) enables you to capture every scene no matter what the lighting conditions. Bring back virtually every detail, even if you didn't get the exposure perfect at capture.

Perfect color

The IQ3 Digital Backs are built to ensure you capture images with smooth and subtle transitions, reproducing the scene as perfect as possible. IQ3 Digital Backs make this possible by capturing images with up to 16-bit color depth per channel.

100 megapixel captures

IQ3 resolution of 50MP, 60MP, 80MP or 100MP not only delivers incredible detail, but also provides creative flexibility, accommodating virtually any application requirement, be it print or digital.

XF IQ3 Integration

Built for flexibility, the IQ3 range of digital backs is compatible with the leading technical cameras

Fast Interface with Powershare

With full system integration, the XF Camera System offers power sharing between each of it’s independently powered components. The ability to provide consistent power for the system, as a whole, allows for maximum usage without the necessity to change batteries. Further, tethered workflow allows the system to charge when not in use. The new power-sharing feature ensures consistent performance across all components.

OneTouch UI

Accessible directly from the back, the OneTouch UI allows for versatile workflow options fitting whatever challenges you may meet. Whether it’s cramped quarters, a high tripod or even just ease of use from a larger touch screen, the OneTouch UI seamlessly integrates all controls of the XF camera system at your fingertips.

Upgradeable Camera OS

The software running on range of IQ3 Digital Backs is designed as an upgradeable operating system. This allows for easy and fast upgrades, providing both new features and unique customization options. By using our new Camera OS, photographers will be able to upgrade their IQ3 Digital Backs at regular intervals in order to benefit from the new opportunities of technology.

Intuitive touch

High resolution touch display

All IQ3 Digital Backs feature a 3.2 inch display designed to work equally well indoors as outdoors. Images can easily be validated from most angles, thanks to its viewing angle of 170 degrees. The display delivers great color rendition that can reproduce tonal gradations of up to 16 million different shades.

Tap, pan and browse

The touch screen lets you tap to zoom, pan and browse through images fast and it is easy to navigate between different menus and features. The IQ3 Digital Backs are designed with contextual controls that appear only when needed.

Virtual Horizon

The IQ3 digital backs have an embedded accelerometer that helps you align images at the moment of capture. You're presented with a virtual horizon that gives you a precise visual indication of the roll and pitch of the image you're about to capture.

Integrated Wireless

Wireless built-in

You don't have to buy extra accessories or mount more gadgets on your camera. Wireless communication is an integrated part of the IQ3 Digital Back range. 

Compose & Control

In the range of IQ3 Digital Backs, Wi-Fi is built-in allowing you to connect an iPad or iPhone wirelessly and use Capture Pilot for Live View, exposure control, shutter release and instantly check focus or compose on a larger screen.

Delighted clients

The larger display of an iPad can make it easier to view composition and focus. Use it yourself or simply give it to the client when working on set; they can get involved, check and rate images from afar and you can make sure your clients get what they want and keep coming back.


GPS information is logged through Capture Pilot when your iPhone or iPad is wirelessly connected to an IQ3 Digital Back and automatically embedded into your IQ RAW files. A great feature for reviewing where images were captured which can be useful for location scouting purposes.

Open Platform philosophy

Value that last and the ability to use on technical cameras. There are many advantages of having an open and modular system.

Technical Cameras

There are a host of specialised camera manufacturers delivering speciality solutions for technical disciplines in reproduction imagery, architecture, landscape or industrial applications, and many more, all of which offer compatibility with the range of Phase One Digital Backs.

Trade-ins and Pre-owned

Because Phase One equipment holds its value, existing customers often choose to trade-in older equipment for the latest products at attractive upgrade prices. Most Phase One partners are able to offer pre-owned Phase One Systems to photographers that are just getting started in the Medium Format world. Offering pre-owned, quality equipment at a great price is healthy ecosystem where everybody wins.

Value that lasts

We know our customers and we know that Phase One products made more than 10 years ago are still used in high-end production environments. We are extremely proud to be making digital equipment that continues to work year after year in an industry that typically provides short technology cycles.

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