Danish medium-format manufacturer Phase One has released a firmware update for its XF camera system that introduces an electronic shutter function to its IQ3 100MP digital back as well as a menu screen for controlling Profoto flash heads via the Air Remote TTL radio communication network.

This will be the third firmware update for the XF body since it was launched. The benefit of the electronic shutter is that it will be possible to record images with the 100MP sensor without involving any moving parts in the camera. Although previously the XF offered a mirror-up mode, the shutter unit still created some vibration during the exposure that could diminish the resolution of the final image. Phase One says that exposures of between one hour and 1/4000sec will be possible in electronic shutter mode.

The new firmware also adjusts the function of the Profoto Air radio trigger that is built into the XF body. While previously the trigger just controlled when wirelessly connected flashes fired, now users are also able to control output directly from the camera’s back using a TTL metering system. This allows users to control and monitor up to six groups of heads directly from the back’s own display. The update has also brought an information panel that demonstrates how the flash duration and output curve correspond to the camera’s shutter synchronization so photographers can ensure they are optimizing the timing of the shutter to make the most of the period during which the flash is lit.

The company has altered its 5-year warranty terms too, abolishing the limit on shutter actuations – presumably as the body no longer needs to trigger the mechanical shutter to make an exposure. Phase One has also officially introduced the vertical grip it had displayed ‘unofficially’ at Photokina. The V-Grip offers almost the same right hand control dials as the body’s own grip including, obviously, a shutter release button in the same place. The grip will be available from November at $1490, and the new firmware has been released today as a free download. For more information see the Phase One website and the firmware download page.

Press release:

Phase One Releases XF Camera System Feature Update #3

Adding new functionality, new hardware and improved warranty

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 3, 2016 – Phase One, the world’s leading medium format camera system provider, today released a major XF Camera System update. Available now and free to all XF Camera System owners, this update demonstrates Phase One’s commitment to the continuous upgrade and improvement of the XF camera platform.

Feature Update #3 greatly advances the features of the world’s first full frame medium format CMOS sensor. The IQ3 100MP system now includes complete Electronic Shutter integration -- the world’s first in medium format photography. With the ability to capture images without a single moving component, the IQ3 100MP is now even more versatile.

The update adds significant improvements for studio and flash photography applications such as advanced flash controls with the in-camera Profoto Air Remote enabling Profoto TTL metering. Further, a post capture Flash Analysis Tool has been added to ensure unparalleled control.

Phase One also today introduced the new XF V-Grip, providing advanced ergonomic capabilities and control options.

The world’s best warranty becomes even better
Phase One’s dedication to product quality, in combination with the maturity of the XF Camera System, provides professional photographers with the assurance they demand.

“All XF IQ3 Camera Systems come with a five-year warranty that now includes unlimited shutter actuations, a warranty unprecedented in our industry,” says Stefan Sandor, VP Marketing and Product Management, Phase One.

Phase One’s XF Camera System Feature Update #3 introduces

Advanced Studio Hardware, Controls and Workflow:

Flash Analysis and Rear Curtain Trim
Review all aspects of the flash output just after the capture, directly on the XF Camera System and offset the flash sync to meet your requirements;

Profoto Air
Full functionality of the Profoto Air for up to six groups, now built directly into the XF Camera System;

Profoto AirTTL
Integrated with the XF Camera System’s Auto Focus sensor to provide active feedback and deliver accurate exposures with every capture, no matter the variables.

V-Grip for the XF Camera System
Providing advanced ergonomic capabilities and control options, the XF Camera System V-Grip ensures simplicity as well as dynamic improvements to handheld workflow applications.

Advanced Technology, Tools and Customization:

Electronic Shutter for the IQ3 100MP 

The IQ3 100MP now includes complete Electronic Shutter integration. With the ability to capture images without a single moving component, the IQ3 100MP is even more versatile.

Additional New Customization and Workflow Options
With Feature Update #3, the XF Camera System now includes Icon Control, Create, Load & Save System Setup, Advanced Tool Options for sequence tools, as well as several other new improvements and features.

For all the details, please go to: www.phaseone.com/feature-update-3 or book a demo on: www.phaseone.com/demo

Availability and Pricing

Firmware for the XF Camera System Feature Update #3 is free and available for download here: www.phaseone.com/feature-update-3

New XF V-Grip will be shipping in November and is available through Phase One photography partners worldwide: www.phaseone.com/partners

Prices for Phase One XF V-Grip – 1,490 USD