We are all photographers here; we all know too well how cameras just see things differently than we do with our eyes. Some of that is lens choice, sure, but some of it goes back to just how the sensor captures the light information it is exposed to. Phase One has just announced their new 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, the brainchild of their collaboration with Sony, and the interesting thing about this sensor is that they are claiming it has been designed to capture color as it is perceived by the human eye.
This is being touted as bringing unsurpassed color quality and definition to the market, something we will love to test. There was not even a lot of information available about how it works, but the technology is exclusive to Phase One and they are claiming that it will render color more authentically than other technologies on the market. However, one aspect of this new digital back that they did talk about was its ISO performance.
According to the release, the new Trichromatic Digital Back comes with a crazy low base ISO of 35. This is the lowest base ISO of any camera on the medium format market, and that means this Digital Back will be capable of producing the lowest digital noise of any other CMOS sensor of its size. In the medium format realm, where noise (even at somewhat standard ISOs) can be an issue, this is a nice feather in the cap of the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back in addition to it’s touted color capabilities.
The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic is actually available starting today through Phase One partners. Those of you interested can call your local partner to schedule a demo. The Digital Back itself will be available for $44,990 and that can be paired with current XF camera bodies. If you want to buy into the system and are not already invested at all you can pick up the new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, an XF Camera Body, and a free Schnider Kreuznach Blue Ring Prime Lens (your choice out of that entire series).
You can get more information about the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic over on the PhaseOne Website, here.