Phase One introduces the XF IQ4 150MP Camera System, which the company calls “a giant leap forward in photography.” The system is claimed to be the highest resolution full frame medium format sensor available, producing RAW images that are larger than life, for limitless printing and editing possibilities.

The trio of new digital backs includes dedicated mono and colour options: the 151-megapixel IQ4 150MP, the 151-megapixel IQ4 150MP Achromatic, and the 101-megapixel IQ4 100MP Trichromatic. Both of the 150MP backs feature a 151-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor, and up to 15 stops of dynamic range.

The full frame medium format sensor found in XF IQ4 Camera System is 1.5 times the size of crop sensor mirrorless medium format allows you to capture more data, and therefore more detail.

At the core of the IQ4 is Phase One’s new Infinity Platform that is described as “a flexible and customizable photographic solution designed to evolve and adapt over time” by Phase One, with image quality advancement, workflow optimization and feature development.

Storage-wise, the IQ4 supports both SD and XQD memory cards, and sports USB-C, Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. It also has an HDMI port so that you can transfer images directly to a larger monitor. This is great news for big shoots where clients want to see or approve the images while you shoot, allowing you to make the necessary tweaks.

This Workflow centric approach prompted Phase One to also move the core of their Capture One’s imaging processor into the IQ4 itself, giving you a finished-looking preview immediately. It also brings JPEG processing, IIQ Style integration, improved live view, faster frame rate, and new tools in camera. This means a more integrated capture and post-capture workflow.

Phase One’s modular design means that you can attach the IQ4 digital back to your XF camera body, and takes interchangeable lenses.

The price tag might make the Phase One XF IQ4 Camera System out of a lot of consumers and pros’ budget, but it is exciting to see the technological advances in sensors and cameras that are being developed beyond the consumer market, proving the endless potential in digital photography.