Phase One (company)

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Phase One A/S.
Aktieselskab
Industry Digital Imaging
Founded Denmark (1993)
Headquarters Copenhagen, Denmark
Key people
Samir Léhaff, Founder
Henrik O. Håkonsson, CEO
Products Cameras, Digital backs, Lenses, RAW Processing Software, Photo management software, Camera control software
Revenue Increase DKK 413 million (2015)[1]
Increase DKK 168 million (2015)[1]
Increase DKK 22 million (2015)[1]
Number of employees
300
Parent Silverfleet Capital (60%)
Subsidiaries Phase One U.S
Phase One Germany
Phase One China
Phase One Japan
Leaf Imaging
Mamiya Digital Imaging
Website phaseone.com
help.phaseone.com
industrial.phaseone.com
blog.phaseone.com
mamiyaleaf.com
Phase One on Facebook
Phase One on Twitter
Phase One on Google+
Phase One on YouTube
Footnotes / references
Company is partially an employee owned organization.

Phase One is a Danish company specializing in high-end digital photography equipment and software. They manufacture open platform based medium format camera systems and solutions. Their own RAW processing software, Capture One, supports many DSLRs besides their backs.

PODAS workshops (Phase One Digital Artist Series) is a series of worldwide photography workshops designed for digital photographers interested in working with medium format, high-resolution cameras. PODAS is a part of the Phase One educational division. Each attendee receives a Phase One digital camera system for the duration of the workshop.[2]

On 18 February 2014, it was announced that UK-based private equity firm Silverfleet Capital would acquire a 60% majority stake in the company.[3]

Products[edit]

Cameras[edit]

In 2009, Phase One purchased a major stake in Japanese Mamiya and the two companies develop products together. The following cameras are currently produced and sold by Phase One:

  • Phase One 645XF
  • Phase One 645DF+ (discontinued)
  • Phase One 645DF (discontinued)
  • Phase One 645AF (discontinued)
  • Phase One iXM (aerial, surveillance and UAV operations)
  • Phase One iXA (Aerial)
  • Phase One iXG (Reproduction)
  • Phase One iXR (Reproduction)
  • Phase One iXU (aerial, surveillance and UAV operations)
  • Phase One iXU-RS (aerial, surveillance and UAV operations)
  • Phase One iXU-RS1900 (Fully self contained dual camera solution)


The Phase One 645DF+ and 645DF cameras are medium format cameras which support both focal plane and leaf shutter lenses with shutter speeds ranging from 1/4000s to 60 minutes and flash synchronization up to 1/1600 sec.[4][5] Among the new features on the 645DF+ are:[4]

  • Fast and accurate auto focus especially in low contrast environments
  • Custom focus fine-tuning adjustment
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery with up to 10,000 captures on one charge
  • Rugged construction for high volume production use

The Phase One V-Grip Air vertical grip is compatible with the 645DF+/645DF. The V-Grip Air supports a Profoto Air flash trigger for wireless flash synchronization.[6]

The 645DF+/645DF supports digital back interfaces including the IQ and P+ series digital backs as well as 3rd party digital backs from Hasselblad, Leaf and others.

In 2012, Phase One released two specialty cameras: iXR[7] which is made specifically for reproduction and iXA[8] which is made specifically for aerial photography. Both uses the 645 lenses as the normal 645 cameras. Main difference on this camera is they have no viewfinder and very few mechanical moving parts.

In 2013, Phase One signed a collaborative distribution agreement with Digital Transitions (DT) to deliver advanced digitization solutions for cultural heritage preservation imaging projects worldwide (Repro camera solutions). The range of Digital Transitions digitization equipment includes a multitude of reprographic benches, purpose-built reprographic cameras, specialized book copy stations, film scanning kits, and accessories that are designed to host the line of Phase One digital capture hardware and Capture One software.

In 2014, Phase One launched a medium format digital back with a CMOS/active pixel sensor: The IQ250. All Phase One digital backs launched prior to the IQ250 have sensors based on the CCD (Charge-coupled device) technology.

In 2015, Phase One introduced the XF camera system. It is a new digital camera platform, medium format system built with the intention to upgrade it over a series of updates throughout the product lifetime. At the same time, the IQ3 series digital backs were introduced. This included the IQ3 50MP based on the previous IQ250, the IQ3 60MP based on the previous IQ260 and the newly introduced IQ3 80MP which includes a new CCD (Charge-coupled device) sensor exclusive to Phase One.

Lenses[edit]

The 645DF / DF+ / XF is compatible with the following lenses:

  • Phase One Digital focal plane lenses
  • Schneider Kreuznach leaf shutter lenses
  • Mamiya 645 AF lenses
  • Mamiya 645 manual lenses
  • Compatible with Hasselblad V and Pentacon 6 (via multimount adaptor)[9]

The following lenses are Phase One branded and produced by Mamiya:

  • AF 28mm f/4.5 aspherical
  • AF 35mm f/3.5
  • AF 45mm f/2.8
  • AF 80mm f/2.8
  • MF 120mm f/4 macro
  • AF 120mm f/4 macro
  • AF 150mm f/2.8
  • AF 75-150mm f/4.5

Schneider Kreuznach[edit]

Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8
Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8 rear
  • LS 28mm f/4.5 aspherical
  • LS 35mm f/3.5
  • LS 40-80mm f/4-5.6
  • LS 45mm f/3.5
  • LS 55mm f/2.8
  • LS 80mm f/2.8
  • LS 110mm f/2.8
  • MF 120mm f/5.6 T/S
  • LS 120mm f/4.0
  • LS 150mm f/2.8
  • LS 150mm f/3.5
  • LS 240mm f/4.5 IF
  • LS 75-150mm f/4.0-5.6

Digital backs[edit]

IQ4 series[edit]

Model Sensor size Sensor type Resolution Active pixels ISO range Dynamic range Frames per Second: 16bit Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
IQ4 150MP 53.4 × 40 mm CMOS 151 MP 16-bit 14204 × 10652 50–25600 TBA TBA 1.0 3.2-inch 1.5-megapixel Retina-type multi touchscreen XQD and SD Card USB-C,

Ethernet and WiFi

2018
IQ4 150MP Achromatic 53.4 × 40 mm CMOS 151 MP 16-bit 14204 × 10652 200–102400 TBA TBA 1.0 2018
IQ4 100MP Trichromatic 53.7 × 40.4 mm CMOS 101 MP, 16-bit 11608 × 8708 35–12800 15 f-stops TBA 1.0 2018

IQ3 series[edit]

Model Sensor size Sensor type Resolution (Sensor+ mode) Active pixels ISO range (Sensor+ mode) Dynamic range Frames per Second (Sensor+ mode) Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
IQ3 100MP Trichromatic 53.7 × 40.4 mm CMOS 101 MP (N/A), 16-bit 11608 × 8708 35–12800 (N/A) 15 f-stops 0.7 / 1.4 / N/A 1.0 3.2-inch 1.5-megapixel Retina-type touchscreen CF up to UDMA 7 IEE1394b Firewire800, USB3 / USB2 and WiFi 2017
IQ3 100MP

Achromatic

53.7 × 40.4 mm CMOS 101 MP (N/A), 16-bit 11608 × 8708 200–51200 (N/A) 15 f-stops 0.6 / 1.1 / N/A 1.0 2017
IQ3 100MP 53.7 × 40.4 mm CMOS 101 MP (N/A), 16-bit 11608 × 8708 50–12800 (N/A) 15 f-stops 0.7 / 1.4 / N/A 1.0 2016
IQ3 80MP 53.7 × 40.4 mm CCD 80 MP (20 MP), 16-bit 10328 × 7760 50–800 (140 - 3200) 13 f-stops 0.8 / N/A / 1.1 1.0 2015
IQ3 60MP 53.9 × 40.4 mm CCD 60.5 MP (15 MP), 16-bit 8984 × 6732 50–800 (200 - 3200) 13 f-stops 1.0 / N/A / 1.4 1.0 2015
IQ3 50MP 44.0 × 33.0 mm CMOS 51 MP (N/A), 14-bit 8280 × 6208 100 - 6400 14 f-stops N/A / 1.8 / N/A 1.3 2015

IQ2 series[edit]

Model Sensor size Sensor type Resolution (Sensor+ mode) Active pixels ISO range (Sensor+ mode) Dynamic range Frames per Second (Sensor+ mode) Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
IQ280 53.7 × 40.4 mm CCD 80 MP (20 MP), 16-bit 10328 × 7760 35–800 (140 - 3200) 13 f-stops 0.7 / (0.9) 1.0 3.2-inch 1.5-megapixel Retina-type touchscreen CF up to UDMA 6 IEE1394b Firewire800, USB3 / USB2 and WiFi 2013
IQ260 53.9 × 40.4 mm CCD 60.5 MP (15 MP), 16-bit 8984 × 6732 50–800 (200 - 3200) 13 f-stops 1.0 / (1.4) 1.0 2013
IQ260 Achromatic 53.9 × 40.4 mm CCD 60.5 MP (N/A), 16-bit 8984 × 6732 50–800 (200 - 3200) 13 f-stops 1.0 / (1.4) 1.0 2013
IQ250 44.0 × 33.0 mm CMOS 50.0 MP (N/A), 14-bit 8280 × 6208 100 - 6400 14 f-stops 1.2 1.3 2014

IQ1 series[edit]

An 80 MP photo taken with an IQ180 digital back (color-profile not handled correctly by some browsers)

The IQ series Phase One backs included many industry-first innovations. It was the first camera series to utilize a USB 3 connection. At the time of the release, this was not very widespread, but did allow for backwards compatibility with USB 2.0. It was also the first camera series to include a high resolution multi-touch display, similar to the "Retina" screen used in the iPhone 4.[10]

Model Sensor size Sensor type Resolution (Sensor+ mode) Active pixels ISO range (Sensor+ mode) Dynamic range Frames per Second (Sensor+ mode) Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
IQ1 100MP 53.7 × 40.4 mm CMOS 101 MP (N/A), 16-bit 11608 × 8708 50–12800 (N/A) 15 f-stops 0.7 / (N/A) 1.0 3.2-inch 1.5-megapixel Retina-type touchscreen CF up to UDMA 6 IEE1394b Firewire800, USB3 / USB2 2016
IQ180 53.7 × 40.4 mm CCD 80 MP (20 MP), 16-bit 10328 × 7760 35–800 (140 - 3200) 12.5 f-stops 0.7 / (0.9) 1.0 2011
IQ160 53.9 × 40.4 mm CCD 60.5 MP (15 MP), 16-bit 8984 × 6732 50–800 (200 - 3200) 12.5 f-stops 1.0 / (1.4) 1.0 2011
IQ150 44.0 × 33.0 mm CMOS 50.0 MP (N/A), 14-bit 8280 × 6208 100 - 6400 14 f-stops 1.2 1.3 2014
IQ140 43.9 × 32.9 mm CCD 40 MP (10 MP), 16-bit 7320 × 5484 50–800 (200 - 3200) 12 f-stops 1.2 / (1.8) 1.3 2011

P+ series[edit]

The P+ series are similar to the normal P series but have higher capture speeds, better response to long exposure times, and add Live Preview, which allows the user to focus and compose on a monitor while tethered. Also, a new high resolution LCD screen was implemented with better resolution and luminance.

Model Sensor size Resolution (Sensor+ mode) Active pixels ISO range (Sensor+ mode) Dynamic range Frames per Second (Sensor+ mode) Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
P65+ 53.9 × 40.4mm 60.5 MP (15 MP), 16-bit 8984 × 6732 50–800 (200-3200) 12.5 f-stops 1.0 / (1.4) 1.0 2.2-inch 230,000 px TFT CF IEE1394 Firewire 2008
P45+ 49.1 × 36.8 mm 39 MP, 16-bit 7216 × 5412 50–800 12 f-stops 0.67 1.15 2007
P40+ 43.9 × 32.9 mm 40 MP (10 MP), 16-bit 7320 × 5484 50–800 (200 - 3200) 12 f-stops 1.2 / (1.8) 1.25 2009
P30+ 44.2 × 33.1 mm 31.6 MP, 16-bit 6496 × 4872 100–1600 12 f-stops 0.8 1.25 2007
P25+ 48.9 × 36.7 mm 22 MP, 16-bit 5436 × 4080 50–800 12 f-stops 0.67 1.15 2007
P21+ 44.2 × 33.1 mm 18 MP, 16-bit 4904 × 3678 100–800 12 f-stops 1.25 1.25 2007
P20+ 36.9 × 36.9 mm 16 MP, 16-bit 4080 × 4080 50–800 12 f-stops 0.87 1.5 2007

P series[edit]

H 101 for H1 white back.jpg

The P series are fully untethered backs available for many different camera mounts.

Model Sensor size Resolution Active pixels ISO range Dynamic range Frames per Second Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
P45 49.1 × 36.8 mm 39 MP, 16-bit 7216 × 5412 50–400 12 f-stops 0,58 1.15 2.2-inch 116,000 px TFT CF IEE1394 Firewire 2005
P30 44.2 × 33.1 mm 31.6 MP, 16-bit 6496 × 4872 100–800 12 f-stops 0,67 1.25 2005
P25 48.9 × 36.7 mm 22 MP, 16-bit 5436 × 4080 50–800 12 f-stops 0,58 1.15 2004
P21 44.2 × 33.1 mm 18 MP, 16-bit 4904 × 3678 100–800 12 f-stops 1,0 1.25 2005
P20 36.9 × 36.9 mm 16 MP, 16-bit 4080 × 4080 50–800 12 f-stops 0,7 1.5 2004

H series[edit]

Mamiya645afd.jpg

The H series are tethered backs available for many different camera mounts. Camera back connects through standard 6pin IEEE 1394. Originally this type of camera back was released as the "Lightphase", a continuation of Phase One's previous tradition of using the name "phase" in the name of the product. This changed with the release of the "H20", which was originally called "Lightphase H20" but the name was changed to "Phase One H20" for better brand recognition.

Model Sensor size Resolution Active pixels ISO range Dynamic range Frames per Second Lens conversion factor Display Storage Host connection Released
H25 48.9 × 36.7 mm 22 MP, 16-bit 5436 × 4080 50–400 12 f-stops 0,5 1.15 N/A N/A IEE1394 Firewire 2003
H20 36.9 × 36.9 mm 16 MP, 16-bit 4080 × 4080 50–100 12 f-stops 0,33 1.5 2001
H101 / H10 36.9 × 24.6 mm 11 MP, 16-bit 3992 × 2656 50–400 1.65 2002
H5/H10 36 × 24 mm 6 MP, 16-bit 3056 × 2032 50–100 1.65 2002
Lightphase 36 × 24 mm 6 MP, 16-bit 3056 × 2032 50–100 1.65 1998

Scan backs[edit]

The Scan backs are tethered digital scan backs. All use SCSI connection except for PowerPhase FX, which uses IEEE1394 "Firewire". The very early models, which were known as the CB6x (StudioKit) and FC70 (PhotoPhase), were made in plastic and had an external control unit that connected to a computer through NuBus.

Model Sensor size Resolution ISO range Host connection Released
PowerPhase FX/FX+ 12,600 steps × 10,500 pixels 132 MP, 14-bit 100–1600 IEE1394 Firewire 2000
PowerPhase 7,000 steps × 7,000 pixels 36 MP, 12-bit N/A SCSI 1997
PhotoPhase 7,200 steps × 5,000 pixels 36 MP, 10-bit N/A 1996
StudioKit 3,600 steps × 2,500 pixels 9 MP, 10-bit N/A 1996

XF Camera System feature updates[edit]

The XF Camera System is upgradable and received various planned new features and functionality over its product lifetime.

  • Feature Update #1 - October 2015
    • Vibration Delay, Bullseye Level Tool, Hyperfocal Point Tool, Capture One Focus Step
  • Feature Update #2 - March 2016
    • Focus Stacking Tool, Timelapse Tool, HAP-1 Update, OneTouch UI
  • Feature Update #3 - October 2016
    • Profoto Air Tool, Electronic Shutter, Flash Analysis, Icon Control
  • Feature Update #4 - September 2017
    • Autofocus & Recompose, Automatic Focus Stack Calculator, Focus Trim Tool, Vibration Analysis

Repro camera solutions[edit]

Phase One reprographic camera systems and book capture / scanners are purpose-built to provide preservation-level rapid capture of rare books, circulation materials, manuscripts, documents, photographic slides, photographic negatives and photographic glass-plates.

Phase One repro camera solutions include the following products:

  • Phase One IXG camera System
  • Phase One IXR camera System (Discontinued)

The above camera systems are purpose built for the following solutions but compatible with standard Reproduction systems.

  • RG3040 reprographic system
  • RGC180 capture cradle
  • BC100 Book capture system
  • Film scanning kit

Imaging software[edit]

The Capture One software comes in several flavors but is still a single binary. License key and option selected determine which version is active:

  • PRO, this is the full features version which supports all cameras which Capture One lists as supported.
  • PRO (for Sony), full featured but only supports Sony branded cameras.
  • CH, specialized version for cultural heritage, has some features which PRO does not, like resolution ruler, auto-crop etc, support only Phase One IIQ RAW files.
  • DB, free version, full featured like PRO but works only with Phase One IIQ RAW files.
  • Express (for Sony) limited featured version, works only with Sony branded camera.
  • Capture One – Various editions of the software have been available: Capture One, Capture One PRO, Capture One DB, Capture One CH, Capture One Express, Capture One SE, Capture One LE, and Capture One REBEL. As of Capture One version 11 the editions are Capture One PRO, Capture One PRO (for Sony), Capture One CH, Capture One DB, and Capture One Express (for Sony)
  • Lightphase Capture 2.x (discontinued, changed name to "Capture One" from version 2.7)

Capture One companion software:

  • Capture Pilot (available on the Apple App Store)

DAM software[edit]

Studio management software[edit]

  • Portrait One (discontinued)
    • Portrait One Executive
    • Portrait One Lite
    • Portrait One Sales

Product releases (in chronological order)[edit]

  • CB6x and FC70 - 1993
  • PhotoPhase (+) - 1995/1996
  • StudioKit - 1996
  • PowerPhase - 1997
  • LightPhase (BB00) - 1998
  • LightPhase (BB01) - 1998/1999
  • LightPhase (BB02) - 1999
  • LightPhase (645 versions and BB03) - 1999
  • PowerPhase FX - 2000
  • H20 - 2001
  • PowerPhase FX+ - 2002
  • H5 and H10 6 MP (re-branded Lightphase) - 2002
  • H10 (11 MP) - 2002
  • H101 (H10 11 MP, Hasselblad H1 design) - 2002
  • H25 - 2003
  • P20 and P25 - 2004
  • P21, P30, and P45 - 2005
  • P20+, P21+, P25+, P30+, and P45+ - 2007
  • Phase One 645AF - 2008
  • P65+ - 2008
  • Phase One 645DF - 2009
  • P40+ - 2009
  • IQ180, IQ160, IQ140 - 2011
  • Phase One iXR, Phase One iXA - 2012
  • Phase One 645DF+ - 2012
  • IQ280, IQ260, IQ260 achromatic - 2013
  • IQ250 - 2014
  • Phase One iXU - 2014
  • IQ150 - 2014
  • Phase One XF May 2015 (645 camera body)
  • IQ3 50MP, IQ3 60MP, IQ3 80MP - May 2015
  • IQ3 100MP - January 2016
  • IQ3 100MP Achromatic - April 2017
  • Phase One iXG - August 2017
  • IQ3 100MP Trichromatic - September 2017
  • Phase One iXM - April 2018
  • IQ4 150, IQ4 150 Achromatic, IQ4 100 Trichromatic - August 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Public accounts". Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ "PODAS at Phase One". Phaseone.com. Retrieved 2012-01-18.
  3. ^ "Silverfleet Capital to invest in Phase One A/S". silverfleetcapital.com. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Phase One 645DF+". specular.com.au. Archived from the original on 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-01-07.
  5. ^ "Phase One DF Medium Format Body". Captureintegration.com. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  6. ^ "V-Grip Air". Phaseone.com. Archived from the original on 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  7. ^ "iXR". Phaseone.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  8. ^ "iXA". Phaseone.com. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  9. ^ "Phase One DF tech specs". Phaseone.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  10. ^ "80 Megapixels and The Beginning of a New Era in Medium Format". Luminous-landscape.com. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
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