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Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

£20,945.00 Excl. VAT

Introducing the new range of IQ3 Digital Backs. One digital back is all that is necessary to provide access to a multitude of cameras. Designed in tandem with the new XF Camera System and compatible with a host of 3rd party camera platforms, the IQ3 come in 50MP, 60MP and 80MP resolution using new and exclusive Phase One sensors.


Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Built for Quality. Engineered for the XF.

Introducing the new range of IQ3 Digital Backs

One digital back is all that is necessary to provide access to a multitude of cameras. Designed in tandem with the new XF Camera System and compatible with a host of 3rd party camera platforms, the IQ3 come in 50MP, 60MP and 80MP resolution using new and exclusive Phase One sensors.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Imaging Sensors

The digital back is, in essence, an imaging sensor enclosed within a detachable magazine that includes all the electronic and processing power needed to capture amazing medium format images.

Full frame medium format

The sensors in the IQ3 80MP, IQ3 60MP and IQ2 60MP Achromatic are exclusively found in Phase One products. Not only are they exclusive, they’re the biggest around! Their size allows you to realise the full potential of your lenses. Whether it’s a tight interior space or scenic vista, the full frame sensors mean you’ll get more out of every scene.

60-Minute exposures

With the new and Phase One exclusive 80 megapixel imaging sensor, the IQ3 Digital Backs can deliver extreme long exposures of up to 60 minutes across 50MP, 60MP and 80MP configurations.

Temperature graph tool

To ensure the best quality of long-exposure imaging it is important to operate the digital capture device at a relatively constant temperature. When turning on an IQ Digital Back the power consumption will lead to a temperature increase that stabilises in time.

The Temperature Graph Tool displays the sensor temperature change when in use, giving you an easy overview of when the sensor is ideally suited for long exposures.


With Phase One’s patented Sensor+ technology in the IQ3 Digital Backs you can easily switch from high-resolution and low ISO captures to lower resolution and higher ISO captures, without degrading the pixel level quality of the image.

Capturing with Sensor+ is especially well suited for low light conditions. With Sensor+ there are no crop or lens factors so you get the maximum wide-angle performance with your lenses.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Image Quality

Dynamic range

The extreme dynamic range of the IQ3 Digital Back range (up to 14 f-stops in the case of the IQ3 50MP) enables you to capture every scene no matter what the lighting conditions. Bring back virtually every detail, even if you didn’t get the exposure perfect at capture.

Perfect colour

The IQ3 Digital Backs are built to ensure you capture images with smooth and subtle transitions, reproducing the scene as perfect as possible. IQ3 Digital Backs make this possible by capturing images with up to 16-bit colour depth per channel.

XF IQ3 Integration

Fast Interface with Powershare

With full system integration, the Phase One XF Camera System offers power sharing between each of it’s independently powered components. The ability to provide consistent power for the system, as a whole, allows for maximum usage without the necessity to change batteries. Further, tethered workflow allows the system to charge when not in use. The new powersharing feature ensures consistent performance across all components.

OneTouch UI

Accessible directly from the back, the OneTouch UI allows for versatile workflow options fitting whatever challenges you may meet. Whether it’s cramped quarters, a high tripod or even just ease of use from a larger touch screen, the OneTouch UI seamlessly integrates all controls of the XF camera system at your fingertips.

Upgradeable Camera OS

The software running on range of Phase One IQ3 Digital Backs is designed as an upgradeable operating system. This allows for easy and fast upgrades, providing both new features and unique customisation options. By using the new Camera OS, photographers will be able to upgrade their IQ3 Digital Backs at regular intervals in order to benefit from the new opportunities of technology.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Intuitive touch

High resolution touch display

All Phase One IQ3 Digital Backs feature a 3.2-inch touch display designed to work indoors and outdoors. Images can be validated easily from all angles, thanks to its viewing angle of 170 degrees. The display delivers great colour rendition that can reproduce tonal gradations of up to 16 million different shades.

Tap, Pan and Browse

The touch screen lets you tap to zoom, pan and browse through images quickly and is easy to navigate between different menus or features. The Phase One IQ3 Digital Back range is designed with contextual controls that appear only when needed. Providing full screen previews of your image, 100% detail and everything in between.

Virtual Horizon

The Phase One IQ3 Digital Back range has an embedded accelerometer that helps you align images at the moment of capture. Within the preview display you can choose the virtual horizon, giving you a precise visual indication of the roll and pitch in the scene you’re about to capture.

Roll and pitch data is also stored within the IQ RAW file so Capture One can automatically correct and compensate for any image captured at even the slightest angle.

Focus Mask

You can speed up the focus verification process by using the Focus Mask feature of the Phase One IQ3 Digital Back. This feature will display a coloured, semi-transparent, mask over-top of the preview image to indicate which parts of the image are in focus. Further, to ensure it’s precision, mask colour and behaviour can be customised.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Integrated Wi-Fi

  • You don’t have to buy extra accessories or mount more gadgets on your camera. Wireless communication is an integrated part of the Phase One IQ3 Digital Back range.
  • Despite it being one of the fastest wireless solutions on the market, with its two built-in antennas, Phase One have managed to retain the original form factor of the IQ Digital Back.
  • You can expand the reach of the wireless functionality with any IQ3 by adding a wireless access point as a hub between your IQ3 and the devices you want connect.
  • Security of the wireless access to your camera is a priority. You can set up access controls easily and effectively, so you are in command of who has access to your images.
Compose & Control
  • In the range of IQ3 Digital Backs, Wi-Fi is built-in allowing you to connect an iPad or iPhone wirelessly and use Capture Pilot for Live View, exposure control, shutter release and instantly check focus or compose on a larger screen.
  • Whether the camera is inaccessible during capture or you simply want to avoid tripping on wires, you can control the back and trigger captures with the powerful wireless connectivity of the IQ3 Digital Back.
  • Sharing images is easier and smarter with the Wi-Fi function of the IQ3 Digital Back range and Capture Pilot in Capture One Pro. You can have your art director view image previews on their iPad, away from the set or even in another city.
Delighted Clients

The larger display of an iPad can make it easier to view composition and focus. Use it yourself or simply give it to the client when working on set; they can get involved, check and rate images from afar and you can make sure your clients get what they want and keep coming back.


GPS information is logged through Capture Pilot when your iPhone or iPad is wirelessly connected to an IQ3 Digital Back and automatically embedded into your IQ RAW files. A great feature for reviewing where images were captured which can be useful for location scouting purposes.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Open Platform philosophy

Value that lasts and the ability to use on technical cameras. There are many advantages of having an open and modular system.

Technical Cameras

There are a host of specialised camera manufacturers delivering speciality solutions for technical disciplines in reproduction imagery, architecture, landscape or industrial applications, and many more, all of which offer compatibility with the range of Phase One Digital Backs.

Trade-in and Pre-owned

Because Phase One equipment holds its value, existing customers often choose to trade-in older equipment for the latest products at attractive upgrade prices. At Teamwork Digital, we are able to offer pre-owned Phase One Systems to photographers that are just getting started in the Medium Format world. Offering pre-owned, quality equipment at a great price is healthy ecosystem where everybody wins.

Phase One IQ3 50MP Digital Back

Additional information

Phase One XF Camera System



Phase One Digital Backs


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