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Phase One introduces P40+, fast medium-format camera system

Phase One introduces P40+, fast medium-format camera system

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New digital back fits on variety of medium-format film cameras

By Adorama News Writer

May 1, 2009

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Claiming a sensor with the "fastest capture rate of any high-end medium format camea system on the market today," Phase One has announced the P40+, a 40MP camera that can be switched to 10 MP for a gain in light sensitivity (to ISO 3200) and a faster 1.8 fps burst rate for handheld photography. Phase One claims the modular system can deliver a 12.5-stop dynamic range. The Phase One P40+ joins the P65+, which was introduced last year, and has camera back mounts for a variety of Phase One, Mamiya, and Hasselblad cameras.

For details, read the Phase One press release:


Phase One Launches P 40+ with Sensor+

Medium format camera quality plus hand-held flexibility in one system

Phase One, the leader in open-platform based medium format camera systems and solutions, today announced immediate availability of the Phase One P 40+ -- the company's second Sensor+ enabled digital camera back/camera system.

Like the P 65+ introduced last year, this new system offers two separate image-capture modes. In normal mode, the P 40+ delivers full 40 megapixel captures for high-quality image details. And when shooting conditions demand, a photographer can push a button and instantly switch from 40 megapixels to 10 megapixels, gaining a four-fold increase in light sensitivity (ISO to 3200), and a capture rate of up to 1.8 frames per second --an ideal performance for hand-held and/or low-light conditions.

“Our second Sensor+ enabled system has been designed to deliver the fastest capture rate of any high-end medium format camera system on the market today,” said Jan H. Christiansen, marketing director for Phase One. “Our relentless innovation is inspired by the needs of quality-conscious professional photographers who seek flexible and reliable camera systems that can work as hard as they do.”

The versatility of the P 40+ system is important for those who seek quality mediumformat 16-bit capture under a variety of working conditions. Both modes feature a 12.5 f-stop dynamic range. From high-end wedding, fashion and fine-art photographers to photojournalists, the choice of capture modes in a single camera system frees photographers to focus on the job at hand rather than worry over equipment.

Best results of Sensor+ technology are available by processing images using Phase One Capture One software version 4.8 or higher.

Technical specifications:

• P 40+ full resolution capture mode:
• Resolution: 40 megapixels
• Pixel size: 6 x 6 micron
• RAW file compression:
• IIQ large: 40 MB
• IIQ small: 26 MB
• ISO: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800
• Capture rate: Up to 1.2 frames per second
• P 40+ Sensor+ capture mode:
• Resolution: 10 megapixels
• Pixel size: 12 x 12 micron
• RAW file compression:
• IIQ large: 10 MB
• IIQ small: 7 MB
• ISO: 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
• Capture rate: up to 1.8 frames per second

Phase One P+ camera back mounts:

Phase One 645 AF, Mamiya 645AFDII/ AFDIII, Mamiya RZ67 PRO IID via adaptor, Hasselblad H1 and H2, Hasselblad 555ELD, 553ELX, 503CW and 501CM, Contax 645.

Wide angle & technical cameras: 4 x 5" via FlexAdaptor: Arca Swiss, Cambo, Linhof, Toyo, Sinar, Plaubel, Horseman.

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