The XT camera
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The XT camera

Although Phase One likes to use 'back-to-basics' as a phrase to describe the entire XT camera system, it's the impressively slim XT camera itself that is perhaps most representative of this philosophy. The IQ4 digital backs mount to the rear of the camera, and a series of new Rodenstock lenses (which are attached to the company's new 'X-Shutter' mechanism - more on that in a bit) mount to the front, using a standard Cambo mount. You can see the electrical contacts here that control that shutter, and also communicate shooting data between the lens and the camera.

The XT camera also allows users to quickly switch from landscape to portrait orientation, thanks to a tripod plate mounted on a grooved track (visible here on the right of the camera) that allows the whole system to rotate 90 degrees without leaving the tripod. If you like, you can remove the tripod foot altogether.

There are only three control points on the XT camera - one which you can easily see here, is that bright blue shutter button at the top left. The others are...