Phase One has revealed its A-series IQ3 100MP medium format camera system, which is designed (and priced) for fine art photographers. The US$56,000 setup is a specially calibrated, precision camera system featuring a 100-megapixel full-frame medium format CMOS sensor.
The A-series IQ3 100MP features a medium format back which appears to be similar the the XF 100MP we saw in January. As such, its sensor is a 100-megapixel CMOS offering, 2.5 times larger than those found in full frame 35-mm DSLRs. It boasts an ISO range of 50 to 12,800, 15 F-stops of dynamic range and full 16-bit color. Exposure times can also range from 1/500 sec to 60 minutes.
Indeed, the digital back can even be connected to the XF Camera System for those times you want a fully integrated auto focus medium format system. The 3.2-inch touchscreen benefits from the OneTouch user interface debuted on the XF system, and can display full frame Live View at 30 fps (frames per second) allowing users to compose through the back with almost no latency. The Live View can also be output through a separate HDMI port.
However, as an A-series system it's the ALPA designed body (based on the ALPA 12TC), with its rosewood hand grip which is also going to appeal to many fine art photographers. This combines precision mechanics, analog technology and integration with the ALPA platform. The system is also surprisingly small and light, weighing in at 1,900 g (67 oz.).
The A-series IQ3 100MP System comes with the 35-mm Rodenstock Alpar lens and optional lenses include the ultra-wide 23-mm, and the 70-mm, ALPA HR Alpagon. Importantly, the IQ3 100MP back features factory configured in-camera lens calibrations (FLC), allowing photographers to select the specific lens they intend to use and shoot with. This enables colorcast corrections of the optics to be applied instantly to the file upon capture rather than requiring users to create and apply Lens Cast Corrections.
The system makes use of Capture Pilot via a compatible iOS device over Wi-Fi to give Live View control, and comes with an ALPA smart device holder to attach your iPhone.
The A-series IQ3 100MP is available now priced at $56,000.
You can check out a promo video for the A-series IQ3 100MP below.
Product page: Phase One A-series IQ3 100MP