Phase One Breaks CMOS Megapixel Barrier with 100-Megapixel Back

By Greg Scoblete

Phase One has seen the industry standard 50-megapixel medium format image sensor, and raised it 50-megapixels. 

The company's newest member of its XF medium format camera system boasts a whopping 100-megapixel CMOS image sensor co-developed with Sony. The new sensor doubles the pixel performance of the earlier, 50-megapixel medium format CMOS imager, which made its way into all of the leading medium format bodies over the past several years.

The 100-megapixel IQ3-100MP back boasts a native ISO of 50-12,800 and also offers 16-bit color—the first for a CMOS sensor, the company said. The camera can also shoot in 14-bit color if a photographer wants to optimize for a faster workflow and smaller file size. The IQ3-100MP can deliver up to 15 stops of dynamic range, Phase One said.

Additional features include:

* 60 minute exposures

* electronic first curtain shutter to reduce vibration (this mode activates automatically when the back is set to Vibration Delay mode or when Mirror Up is activated)

* touch-screen display

* 30 fps live view

* HDMI output for live view via an external field monitor

The camera back will sell for $48,000. It will work with the existing XF system components announced last year. If you want to peep some pixels, Phase One has uploaded TIFF files from the new back here.

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