Photokina 2000: A few weeks ago Kodak announced a range of new
sensors including a 4096 x 4096 16 megapixel beast. Well, now they've
implemented it. Presenting the all new Kodak DCS Pro Back, a 16 megapixel
medium-format camera back which can be used untethered (or tethered),
dual PC Card slots, has a flip-out multi-angle LCD, Zoom and Pan image
inspection (up to 1:1), FireWire (IEEE1394) connectivity and compatible
with Hasselblad 555 ELD and Mamiya RZ film cameras. One additional big
feature of the DCS Pro Back is Kodak's all new DCS Capture Studio 1.5
for acquisition and editting. No price yet announced.
At 16 Megapixels, Kodak Introduces World's Highest Resolution in a Digital
Camera Back; Adds Exceptional Workflow, Untethered Freedom
DCS Pro Back Raises Bar for Studio, Location and Portrait Applications
COLOGNE, Germany, September 19, Kodak Professional today makes a dramatic
addition to its industry-leading digital camera line by presenting the
Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back - a Kodak-designed and manufactured medium-format
camera back that features unprecedented 16-megapixel resolution and creates
large, versatile 48-megabyte image files.
Providing untethered freedom of operation, a fully featured LCD with
histogram, new-generation software for exceptional workflow and a host
of other capabilities, the DCS Pro Back is designed for commercial location
and tabletop photography and high-end portraiture applications. It will
be especially welcomed by advertising and catalog photographers, table-top
studios, and in-house and independent portrait studios.
Complementing the DCS Pro Back is Kodak Professional DCS Capture Studio
Software, Version 1.5, a powerful stand-alone application for capturing
and editing digital images. This robust but simple-to-use software delivers
exceptional workflow and optimized image quality, using an open systems
approach to color management that maintains the integrity of captured
images for virtually all monitors and printers, computer platforms and
"The DCS Pro Back represents everything Kodak Professional has
learned about digital image capture and workflow, studio and portraiture
applications, and what photographers want after more than a decade of
developing the world's best-selling professional digital cameras,"
said Jerry Magee, Worldwide Product Line Manager, DCS Capture Systems,
"This digital camera back marries Kodak's image science and color
management expertise with important new photographic features and our
own 4K-by-4K ITO sensor, representing the highest standard of image quality
and light detection on the market," Magee said. "The result
is large, precise, quality image files that are remarkably easy to capture,
evaluate and process in a professional workflow."
The DCS Pro Back is a single-shot unit that is designed to afford photographers
as much freedom as possible. Currently compatible with Hasselblad 555
ELD and Mamiya RZ film cameras, the camera back will in time have interfaces
for a wide range of medium- and large-format camera systems. And the DCS
Pro Back operates untethered, making it suitable for high-end location
photography as well as studio work.
The fully featured LCD gives photographers critical real-time control
over the images they take. The LCD screen has a full 90 degrees of movement
for waist-level operation and can be controlled one-handed. In addition
to acting as a viewfinder, the LCD provides instant review, a histogram
for precise exposure control, focus check, and a built-in spot meter.
The DCS Pro Back can also perform 1:1 zoom and pan functions for precise
images, and offers video review capability for high-angle or other out-of-reach
More Than Twice the Resolution
The camera back's full-frame CCD delivers more than twice the resolution
of any single-shot, medium-format camera back currently available. This
sensor - measuring 36.86mm by 36.86mm - produces 48mb files with very
low noise. A removable anti-aliasing filter, digital anti-aliasing solutions
and a non-reflecting IR cutoff filter help ensure the highest image quality.
The DCS Pro Back captures images at the equivalent of ISO 100. It can
capture an image every two seconds, and store up to eight images before
writing to either internal PC cards or a host computer via an IEEE 1394
The hardware advances of the DCS Pro Back are complemented by new software
that uses standard photographic terms. It includes familiar imaging tools
such as masking/feathering, as well as sharpening tools and an eyedropper-style
The camera back's new-generation software understands how photographers
work with images and greatly simplifies workflow. DCS Capture Studio Software,
Version 1.5, gets the best possible quality out of the DCS Pro Back's
pictures with time-saving intuitive features that let professional photographers
concentrate on taking pictures. The software is initially available for
Macintosh computer systems, with a Windows-compatible version planned
for the future.
The back ships with ICC-enabled color management tools and other software
specifically designed for photographic workflows. It can be powered either
by internal rechargeable batteries or via a "firewire" cable
attached to a host computer.
Service and support are provided by a highly trained team of world-class
Kodak Professional digital imaging specialists.
The Kodak Professional DCS Pro Back will be available in the first quarter
of 2001 from authorized dealers of Kodak Professional products. Pricing
information is not yet available.