Phase One has announced the impending arrival of its first Creative Control Enhancement update for its IQ4 Infinity Platform. The update offers new multi-frame Raw capture capabilities and other new features to improve photographer’s workflows.

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At the core of the Creative Control Package update for the IQ4 Infinity Platform is Automated Frame Averaging, a new Raw capture mode that combines multiple frames together to create a final image with better image quality. Similar to Sigma's Super Fine Detail mode, which shoots and averages seven images, Phase One’s new Automated Frame Averaging function ‘combines multiple sensor readouts during the capture process to reduce noise, strengthen dynamic range and protect highlights.’

Phase One has also updated Capture One Inside (version 12.1), adding new Clarity and HDR options, as well as the ability to create your own Capture One Styles and upload them directly to the IQ4 system. Direct Image Transfer is included in the update as well.

Phase One says the update will be available for download ‘next week’ on its Creative Control Enhancement webpage.

Press release:

Phase One Advances IQ4 Infinity Platform
– Enhances Photographers’ Creative Control

COPENHAGEN, June 25, 2019 – Phase One today announced its first IQ4 Infinity Platform enhancement – with powerfully redefined RAW capture functionality and new features that boost the photographer’s creative control.

With a focus on dynamically improving image quality, Phase One has innovated RAW image data creation with a new approach to reading, recording, and processing RAW captures. The new Automated Frame Averaging function of the IQ4 Camera System combines multiple sensor readouts during the capture process to reduce noise, strengthen dynamic range, and protect highlights. This process is expected to raise the bar by which image quality is measured, and open new creative opportunities.

“With Automated Frame Averaging, Phase One have adapted and further developed advances in technology, pushing the envelope of what’s possible to achieve in a camera system.” said Paul Reiffer, Professional Landscape Photographer. ”In doing so, yet again, they’ve pushed the industry forward while investing in our development as photographers along with the art of photography itself.”

Additionally, the Creative Control Enhancement for IQ4 Camera Systems offers many more features and functionality, to streamline and advance the photographers’ workflow. Capture One Inside now enables photographers to load their own custom styles into the IQ4, so captured images can reflect their own unique vision and style.

My style is central to my art. With the XF IQ4 Camera System and Capture One Inside, I am able to advance my creativity in the capture process,” said Gemmy Woud Binnendijk, Fine Art Photographer. “For me, the Phase One Camera System becomes central to my entire photographic process and not just a singular step.”

More information about the IQ4 Infinity Platform Creative Control Enhancement is available here:

Creative Control Package for the IQ4 Infinity Platform includes:

  • Automated Frame Averaging
    • Capturing and processing numerous consecutive images into one
  • Capture One Inside (v.12.1)
    • Introducing Clarity & HDR
    • Custom IQ Styles
  • Workflow and Storage Flexibility
    • Direct Image Transfer

Update (June 25, 2019): The original version of this article compared the technology to pixel-shift technology. It has been corrected to more accurate compare the averaging technology to Sigma's Super Fine Detail mode.