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Introducing the XF Camera System


A Future Proof Platform

We build camera platforms on which photographers can extend, build, exchange and grow throughout their career.

Upgradeable Camera OS

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

Upgradeable Autofocus

HAP-1 is designed with a brand a new custom processor, coupled with an independent 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 and release user-accessible software updates for years to come.

Modular Modern Hardware

The XF Camera System is founded on modern hardware and an open platform philosophy, allowing us to continuously add new upgrades in accordance with the changing pace of technology. Additionally, other manufacturers can interface with each individual component so we can offer photographers with a future proof platform.

Proven track-record

When we say that our product life cycles are long, it's a proven fact. Customers, who invested in Phase One P backs in 2004, have received additional functionality as late as in 2014, from both Firmware upgrades and Capture One processing software.

XF Feature Updates

XF Feature Updates is a free system update available to all Phase One XF Camera System users. The updates enables ongoing new functionality and features in addition to bug fixes and stability improvements.
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New Autofocus Platform

The XF Camera System marks an important milestone for Phase One. It is the introduction of a new patent pending and fully controlled in-house autofocus system. The Honeybee Autofocus Platform, or HAP-1.

User accessible updates

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.

Built for precision

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.

Hyperfocal Point Focusing

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.

New simple OneTouch user interface

Being the first to embrace new technology and integrate a touch based user interface to a digital back, we are proud to continue the tradition with the XF Camera System. We call it the OneTouch UI.

Minimal learning curve

The OneTouch UI on the XF Camera System 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.

Soft-configured controls

The XF Camera System 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.

Intuitive touch

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 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.

New Modular Viewfinders

As if the brightest full frame prism viewfinder wasn’t enough. Make room for a re-born classic!

Waist Level Finder

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 in Waist Level

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.

Updated Prism Viewfinder

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.

Hands on XF videos

Explore the capabilities of the XF Camera Systems. Learn how to easily set up and manage all the advanced tools like Automated Focus stacking, Time-lapse tool and the general functionalities of the OneTouch UI.

XF IQ3 - The Ultimate Camera System

The XF IQ3 Camera Systems provide the ultimate in professional delivery.  Every aspect of the XF IQ3 Camera System is geared toward the professional photographer, delivering a worry free experience straight out of the box.

XF IQ1 - The Essential Camera System

The XF IQ1 Camera Systems provide you the essentials of a professional camera system. The best lenses, the most advanced camera body, and exquisite digital sensors offer you the fundamental components that ensure success and efficiency.

High Resolution Lenses

With compatibility for more than 60 lenses, the XF Camera System offers high-resolution lenses for all types of professional applications.

German Design

Our Leaf Shutter lenses are designed together with world-renowned optics manufacturer, Schneider Kreuznach of Germany. Building on decades of experience in high-resolution optics and precision manufacturing, the Leaf Shutter lenses are some of the sharpest lenses in the world, built for todays systems as well as the future

Medium Format Bokeh

The XF Camera System is made to use lenses offering breath-taking bokeh and dramatically shallow depth of field. Not only that, but the perspective retention and visual impression of a medium format capture is head and shoulders above smaller sensor photography. When you see it, you know.

High Resolution Glass

Phase One lenses are designed to resolve well beyond the high-resolution medium format sensors of the XF Camera System. Using large sensors, large pixels and optics prepared to scale, the range of Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses is already capable of going beyond 100MP resolution.

Leaf Shutter Lenses

With an integrated Leaf Shutter, the Phase one Schneider Kreuznach lens range delivers industry leading flash synchronization speed of up to 1/1600th of a second. Photographers can overpower the sun and gain complete control over ambient light using flash, in order to perfectly freeze motion or create beautiful lighting effects

Focal Plane Lenses

The Phase One Focal plane lens range is designed to deliver clean optical performance together with fast apertures, at the lowest possible weight. For photographers needing outstanding image quality, easy portability, rugged design and fastest capture response of all available the lenses, the focal plane range is an ideal choice

Zoom & Specialty Lenses

In addition to our range of fixed-focal length prime lenses, the XF Camera System is compatible with both Focal Plane and Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter Zoom lenses, delivering optical performance that rivals equivalent focal length primes. For those photographers that require tilt or shift lens movement, the Schneider Kreuznach TS is a go-to choice.
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XF Camera System - Product Gallery

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Capture One Pro

We’ve built a new version of Capture One Pro for XF, offering deeper integration, better image quality and faster performance than ever before

RAW Image Quality

When it comes to image quality, Capture One Pro is an important ingredient that distinguishes Phase One Systems from the rest. Our 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 more natural and pleasing.

Fastest Tethered Workflow

Rendering images in Capture One Pro at the exact moment of capture, using a USB 3.0 tethered connection, is the preferred workflow for many industry-leading photographers. You instantly see your vision become a reality on screen. With the Phase One XF System and Capture One Pro, we are raising the bar for tethered workflow and camera communication.

Integrated Configuration

The new OneTouch UI on the XF Camera System can be configured directly from within Capture One Pro. This makes it easy to change, customize and configure controls for any type of photography, directly from your computer – a blessing for you and your digital assistant.

XF Camera System - Sample Gallery

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Mechanics & Electronics

Better. Faster. Stronger.

Aerial-grade mechanics

Phase One Systems have been used for decades in some of the most demanding professional and aerial applications. With the XF Camera System we have upgraded all moving parts and materials to match that level of professional demand, delivering the fastest, most robust and most reliable camera ever.

Cutting-edge electronics

The XF Camera System 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.

Faster than ever

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.

Modular freedom

Freedom of choice. Easy to upgrade. Value that lasts.

Modular by design

While most photographers are familiar with interchangeable lenses, the XF Camera System takes modularity a significant step further. Camera body, viewfinder and digital back are all interchangeable, providing options to match the particular needs of a photographer, shoot or workflow. 

Digital Backs

With the brand new range of IQ3 Digital Backs, together with the previous IQ range of Digital Backs, it is possible to find a XF Camera System that fits your exact needs. Click on “explore configurations” to find information on XF System configurations.


A benefit of modularity is photographer’s ability to easily upgrade a single component at a time. With a modular design there is no need to discard a perfectly good system only to gain features related to the camera body. The XF camera body is fully compatible with previous generation IQ Digital Backs, allowing existing IQ customers to easily access the new XF Camera System.

Backwards compatibility

The XF Camera System is compatible with all generations of IQ Digital Backs. We already prepared the IQ2 range of Digital Backs for the XF Camera System, so they get almost full access to the same features as the IQ3 range, simply by applying a firmware upgrade. The IQ1 range of Digital Backs gains access to the same level of functionality as they have on current systems, but with the many added benefits of the XF Camera Body, such as improved speed, reliability, sensors and autofocus.

Ultimate Service & Support

Phase One offers the best in-class support, promising our hardware users a response from the globally positioned support team within 8 hours, regardless of location and no matter what the concern. “We promise to respond within 8 hours. But typically, that is 7 hours more than we need” – Ulf Liljegren, Phase One Support Manager

5 Year Warranty

Offering an unprecedented and industry leading 5-year warranty, Phase One covers the entire system from top to bottom, lens to back. If your Phase One system should suffer a fault within 5 years, we will tackle repairs without hesitation.

5 Year Uptime Guarantee

Exclusive to Phase One, we provide you with a worry free 5-year uptime guarantee. This guarantee provides you access to loan equipment should you need to send us your system for any reason, as well as on site service should it be necessary.

Phase One Partners

Support for your Phase One system is available directly from Phase One as well as through a worldwide network of carefully selected partners. No matter where you are or what time you need us, there is always someone available to handle your concern or provide you with answers.