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The IQ4 – optimising workflows for infinite possibilities

The IQ4 – optimising workflows for infinite possibilities
28th August 2018 Harry Norman

As a photographer, your unique perspective and creative use of tools empowers you to stand out from the billions of images captured daily. To effectively deliver a distinctive vision in this fast-paced industry demands an innovative and future-forward camera that becomes an extension of your creativity – transforming your creative vision into your creative achievement. Create with the camera system that weathers the changing world while emboldening creativity from its core.

Introducing Phase One’s XF IQ4 Camera Systems – built to achieve infinite possibilities.

The IQ4 is built on the powerful and flexible new Infinity Platform to change with you and adapt to new technology, removing the limitations in your creative workflow. The cutting-edge RAW editing core of Capture One has been integrated into the camera itself for control, quality and integration – even when you are away from your computer. Three tethering options, dual storage capabilities and adherence to the Phase One Open Platform Philosophy provide future-proof flexibility and functionality in a modular design. The large, full frame medium format sensors capture the greatest amount of light with the least amount of interpretation, providing unmatched image quality and unparalleled photographic flexibility. Available in 150MP, 100MP Trichromatic and 150MP Achromatic variants, you are sure to find the XF IQ4 Camera System that will take your creative workflow to the next level.

Key Benefits

The Infinity Platform

At the core of the IQ4 is the Infinity Platform, which lays a new foundation for image quality advancement performance, workflow optimization and feature development. The Infinity Platform is built to grow, expand and adapt, allowing Phase One engineers to explore new possibilities in digital imaging and deliver a steady stream of new innovations to ensure you are able to perform at the highest professional level now and well into the future.

Capture One Inside

The cutting-edge RAW editing core of Capture One has been directly integrated in the Infinity Platform, providing advanced control within preview and image settings, and opening the door for future customization of the RAW file at the time of capture. Capture One Inside ensures the most efficient and controlled capture workflow, bringing the capture and post-capture workflows closer together than ever before.

Future-Proof Tethering Options

The IQ4 has multiple tethering options to handle the bandwidth and dynamic workflow needs of the most demanding photographers. Wireless, USB-C and Ethernet connectivity are all standard, eliminating concerns of insufficient cable length or compatibility.

Power Management

The IQ4 gets an extra power boost thanks to Power over Ethernet (PoE) and USB-C tethering options which are able to provide power directly to the camera system. Ethernet tethering and PoE provides an uninterrupted workflow when shooting in the studio, while external power banks can be utilized to extend uptime in the field.

Dual Storage

With both XQD and SD card support, the IQ4 gives you the flexibility to capture RAW images to your primary card while processing a copy RAW or JPEG to a second storage option, or simply expand your total storage so that you can focus on getting every shot.

XF Integration and the Open Platform Philosophy

The IQ4 gains tremendous functionality and workflow benefits when used as part of an XF Camera System but can also be used with technical cameras for creative flexibility and project-specific need. Regardless of camera choice, the IQ4 is primed for future development aimed at delivering the creative and workflow innovations needed to continually create at the highest level.

Full Frame Medium Format

The full frame medium format sensors found in XF IQ4 Camera Systems, 1.5x the size of crop sensor mirrorless medium format, allow you to capture more data, providing more detail and impressive results so that you can achieve your creative vision straight out of the camera. With the expanded output flexibility provided by the high resolution and up to 15 stops of dynamic range, your workflow options grow exponentially.

Professional Workflow Flexibility

Whether you shoot in a studio or in the field, the IQ4 is primed to complement your shooting style with modularity, capture customization, purpose-built tools, and features to assist every photographer. The result of this flexibility is a customized workflow that transforms the camera into an integral extension of your creative process.

IQ4 Technology – The Platform

Technology Introduction

The IQ4 was built from the inside out with the aim of elevating the professional workflow by removing limitations, enabling seemingly endless technical and creative possibilities. Built on the powerful and flexible new Infinity Platform, the IQ4 allows Phase One engineers to explore new possibilities in digital imaging and challenge conventional methods. A continuation of the promise of open platform development, the IQ4 is primed to grow with you, with professional workflow demands and with technological improvements. Coupled with significant speed and flexibility improvements thanks to the Infinity Platform, the IQ4 is well-prepared for whatever the future holds.

The Infinity Platform

At the core of the IQ4 is the powerful and flexible Infinity Platform, which lays a new foundation for image quality advancement, workflow optimization and feature development well into the future. The Infinity Platform is built to grow, expand and adapt, allowing Phase One engineers to explore new possibilities in digital imaging and approach conventional photographic methods from new perspectives. The Infinity Platform is able to dynamically expand and adapt to market demands and technological changes, providing you with a steady stream of new features and innovations aimed at ensuring that your investment allows you to continuously create at the highest professional level for years to come.

Capture One Inside

We’ve integrated the cutting-edge RAW editing core of Capture One directly into your camera to reflect your personal aesthetic in the RAW file itself. The utilization of key Capture One image quality components directly in-camera was made possible thanks to the ample processing power of the IQ4. Capture One Inside provides greater control over your RAW capture when you are away from your computer and immersed in your subject; instant feedback and verification provides confirmation that you got the shot. With the core of Capture One inside every IQ4, we’ve only just scratched the surface of the countless features Capture One Inside makes possible.

Today, Capture One Inside delivers:
• IIQ RAW file “Style” integration
• JPEG processing in-camera
• Improved image quality and preview performance
• Improved Live View, faster frame rates, new tools

Expanded Tethering Options

Attuned to the professional workflow, multiple tethering options capable of handling the high bandwidth are included in the IQ4 – Ethernet, USB-C and Wireless. All tethering and local storage options can be combined and customized to address your specific workflow needs. Wireless tethering can be used to transfer RAW files to Capture One in addition to storing them in- camera. This solution can be used as a backup or as part of a custom workflow.

Ethernet grants the potential for a fully customized, integrated and dynamic workflow, providing the potential to capture into or through any Ethernet supported device. In addition, the long cable lengths and power provided via Ethernet eliminates workflow concerns surrounding battery power or cable length.

USB-C provides a standard port type for convenient tethering on a wide variety of common devices. USB-C also delivers multiple power integration options.

Ethernet and USB-C allow data transfer and system integration with no additional accessories necessary – transfer from local storage to any host without removing the card. And with a variety of cable lengths available, both Ethernet and USB-C can be exactly configured to suit your workflow needs.

Dual Storage

With both XQD and SD card support, the IQ4 gives you the flexibility to store captured files in a way that suits your workflow – save a backup RAW or process a JPEG to a second storage option, or simply expand your total storage so that you can focus on getting every shot.

XQD facilitates a faster capture and data transfer rate, ensuring that your workflow remains smooth and efficient, even when shooting 16-bit RAW images. The IQ4 is prepared for CFexpress support.

SD facilitates a more flexible workflow with a widely-used card type. You can use the SD storage as a second card to expand your total storage (Just a bunch of disks – “JBOD”), as a mirrored backup of your primary storage, or as JPEG storage alongside primary RAW capture. SD is a widely-used, and easily found, card type that has become a standard within photography. You can easily transfer images to a supported device in the field without the use of additional accessories or cables, for faster edits, client proofs or backup.

Continuing the Open Platform Philosophy

The IQ4 continues the Phase One Open Platform Philosophy, delivering a solution which is both modular and future-proof. The IQ4 gains tremendous functionality and workflow benefits when used as part of an XF Camera System but can also be used with a variety of other cameras for creative flexibility and project-specific need.

The flexible modularity of the XF Camera System, and its seamless, feature-rich, and customizable workflow, helps professionals realize their most demanding creative visions. The XF Camera System allows for a wide selection of high resolution Schneider Kreuznach lenses and purpose-built IQ digital backs to be combined, and capture settings customized, for efficient and high quality RAW output.

Regardless of system choice, the IQ4 is primed for future development in the form of periodic firmware updates aimed at improving experience and functionality. We listen to the needs of our photographers to guide our development in creating workflow innovations that continually provide the highest professional standard.

Full Frame Medium Format Sensors

Every IQ4 digital back is dedicated to full frame medium format photography. Sensors found in the IQ4 are 2.5x larger than that of full frame DSLR cameras, and 1.5x larger than cropped sensor mirrorless medium format. The use of a larger sensor means more light, and therefore more information, is available when converting captured light into a digital file. The availability of more data allows us to honor the quality of that data, and this translates to a more efficient use of information with less interpolation. With full frame medium format sensors, the quality of your RAW image more closely reflects your creative vision straight out of the camera. Output flexibility also increases exponentially thanks to the quality of detail, extreme resolutions and up to 15 stops of dynamic range.

Improved Live View

Thanks to Capture One Inside, the IQ4 improves the overall performance of Live View with a faster frame rate and higher quality, and more tools. Live View in the IQ4 enhances your workflow with tools such as the new exposure simulation, live histogram, clip warning reference, and many more to help you achieve your creative vision more efficiently.

Flexible Sequencing Tools

With the IQ4, the Time-lapse and Bracketing tools are made available directly from the digital back and operate independently of the camera body, advancing open platform support and sequencing possibilities on alternative camera bodies for creative flexibility.

Improved Black Calibration

The IQ4 improves the process of capturing the black reference data necessary for providing the absolute best image quality. This improvement streamlines workflow efficiency, especially for long exposures, offering incredible time savings.

Additional Features and Improvements

Additional features and improvements included in the IQ4 include:
• IIQ file format optimization – full resolution RAW files as small as 50mb
• Improved power management – extended battery life and charging options
• Pinch to zoom gesture – IQ4 screen workflow improvements

Application Benefits

Studio photography benefits

As a studio photographer, an XF IQ4 Camera System increases the speed and efficiency at which you can set-up, frame, and capture your creative vision. The system is packed with new features that offer unmatched flexibility when defining an in-studio workflow, integrating seamlessly with innumerable supporting systems, and providing infinite possibilities for workflow customization. The XF IQ4 Camera System lets studio photographers get in the zone, and stay there, with innovative features and a simple, distraction-free workflow.

• Speed/Efficiency – Faster capture speed. Image transfer options. A file type to fit your storage, post-processing and speed needs.
• Flexibility/Customization – Numerous tethering options and combinations.
• Simplicity/ Distraction-free – Capture One Inside. JPEG processing. Tethered Power. Cable Length.

Field photography benefits

The XF IQ4 Camera System greatly improves the efficiency and workflow for photographers working in the field, away from a supporting computer and studio. Capture One Inside provides a complete set of innovative in-camera tools and features, saving you time while adding to the creative process – all backed by the reliability and quality that you’ve come to expect from Phase One’s open platform system.

• All-in-one/ Feature rich – Image control via the IQ4 and Capture One Inside “Styles”. Wireless integration. IQ4 screen gestures. Future accessory integration (tethering and power).
• Reliability/Quality – Improved Live View tools and performance. Storage security and flexibility. Full Frame Medium Format.
• Open Platform – Sequencing from the IQ4 for any camera integration. Black Reference optimization.

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