Phase One announced today their new, first-of-its-kind 101-megapixel achromatic medium format digital back. The IQ3 100MP Achromatic, which is manufactured without a Bayer filter, does not record any color information which allows “all available light to be captured unaltered and unobstructed.”
The Phase One IQ3 100MP Achromatic has a new CMOS sensor design that has the capability to shoot up to ISO 51,200. This is unheard of for medium format digital backs. The previous ISO champion in the Phase One lineup was the regular IQ3 100MP with its ISO 12,800 top sensitivity. The previous achromatic medium format digital back, the IQ2 60MP Achromatic, only has a top ISO of 3,200. This will prove to be very interesting what new kinds of images will be possible when this gets into artists’ hands.
According to Phase One, having no recorded color information frees the sensor to “focus solely on capturing the highest level of detail, nuance, and luminance.” Further, Phase One Vice President of Marketing and Product Management Stefan Sandor said: “The IQ3 100MP Achromatic enables photographers to capture a timeless expression. The detail, tonality, and image quality must be experienced first-hand, as seeing is not only believing, but truly inspirational.”
While of course Phase One would put it that way, there’s added merit seeing as how the IQ3 100MP Achromatic is produced without an infrared cut-off filter which allows it to capture light outside of the visible spectrum. Having a sensor that can see infrared light allows the IQ3’s Live View to actually display the light that is normally invisible to the naked eye. Phase One suggests powerful new opportunities for fine artists working with landscapes, portraiture, and architecture using the IQ3 100MP Achromatic.
The price of the IQ3 100MP Achromatic is $49,990 for the digital back only, and $54,990 for the package deal that also includes the Phase One XF camera and a free Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring prime lens of your choice. It's available to purchase now in limited quantities and will begin shipping in early August.
If you’re interested in learning more about today’s announcement, head over to the Phase One website.