NEW from Phase One: the IQ2 digital back

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Phase One announced, today, the Phase One IQ2 series: three new full-frame 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and 13 f-stops of dynamic range, plus new options to meet specific photographic goals. Building on the IQ digital back platform, the technical advances in the Phase One IQ280, IQ260 and IQ260 Achromatic go beyond delivering ultra-high megapixel resolution to introduce greater mobility and workflow flexibility for professional photographers.

All IQ2 camera backs feature full-frame 645 format sensors designed collaboratively by Phase One and Teledyne Dalsa to deliver the world’s best image quality. In addition, Phase One IQ2 camera backs deliver a full 13 f-stops of dynamic range, which combined with meticulous calibration and careful hardware and software optimization ensures that the image quality is matched by no other camera.

The 80 megapixel IQ280 puts Wi-Fi in a new perspective, enabling remote image capture and viewing of huge 80 megapixel images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. It represents the pinnacle of image quality. With an ISO as low as 35, no other camera or digital back can get better silk-like images.

The 60 megapixel IQ260 offers unparalleled capture versatility, with exposure ranges from 1/10000s to one hour with virtually noise-free images. The 60 megapixel sensor at the heart of the IQ260 is a unique 645 format full-frame device found only in this digital back. It offers the widest exposure range opportunities on the market coupled with phenomenal image quality. And both the IQ280 and IQ260 capture raw images at 16-bitcolour depth per channel, enabling reproduction of scenes with ultra-smooth transitions.

The Phase One IQ260 Achromatic is a dedicated image capture device designed to deliver the highest-quality pure black and white images. It fully shares the IQ2 series’ unplugged assets. At the core of this system is a 60-megapixel sensor with no colour filter array mounted, which means that no interpolation is necessary. Each and every pixel of the sensor is focused purely on capturing the finest details of an image. This digital back comes with no mounted IR cut-off filter, and the IQ260 Achromatic is capable of capturing image in three light spectrums: infrared, visible and ultraviolet  – permitting photographers to experiment with a wide range of their choice of filters to create unique images for artistic and scientific purposes.

Whether you are into 80 megapixel captures, one hour long exposures or pure black and white imagery, there is an IQ2 for you. Each IQ2 model features a large 3.2 inch high-resolution touch screen display, fast wired and wireless connectivity and and an extremely durable aluminum design.


  • 80 megapixel captures
  • 13 f-stops dynamic range
  • Long exposures – up to one hour
  • Wireless remote control
  • Wirelessly check, and enrich images
  • Pure black and white sensor
  • Full-frame 645 format sensors
  • High resolution touch display
  • USB3 and FireWire 800 connections

>> Read the press release
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Available June 2013; MSRP starting at $39,990 USD


Fashion photographer, Frederico Martins, on Fuerteventura shooting an editorial for Elle with the new IQ2 digital back.

Landscape photographer, Joe Cornish, visits Iceland to give the new Phase One IQ260 digital back a test drive.

Fine art photographer, Bernd Radtke, visits the old olympic village in Berlin to shoot black and white images with the new Phase One IQ260 Achromatic digital back.