Phase One launches new XT Camera System

Phase One XT

Phase One introduced a new "Field Camera"...the XT System. Last week I had an opportunity to get my hands on one while attending a dealer conference in Denmark. The most interesting part of the system, was the development of a new shutter technology to replace the now obsolete copal shutter.

Full digital integration

The XT Camera System is the first of its kind – a fully integrated digital field camera supporting medium and large format optics. It seamlessly integrates shutter controls without the need for external power, accessories or cables. Comprised of an IQ4, XT Camera Body, X-Shutter, and XT- Rodenstock lens, the camera system places complete control at your fingertips and enables an effortless capture workflow.

Integrated exposure control

Compose, focus and shoot – it’s that simple. With the full digital integration of the XT Camera System, shutter and aperture controls are integrated into the IQ4 touch screen to allow for seamless and intuitive operation with 100% accurate results. Beyond the essential communication of the components, the XT Camera Body incorporates a simple and straightforward dual-action shutter button, all of which elevate the field camera ideals to the 21st century.

Quality optics

Known for their great resolving power and contrast even at large apertures, the optical design of Rodenstock HR lenses reduces diffraction and color noise, even at the pixel density of the IQ4 150MP, providing further flexibility to the full frame medium format sensor.

  • The XT – Rodenstock HR 23mm f/5.6 is simply the best super wide medium format lens on the market.
  • The XT – Rodenstock HR 32mm f/4 is a high-quality wide-angle lens with a large image circle and almost no distortion, suitable for significant X and Y shift.
  • The XT – Rodenstock HR 70mm f/5.6 is a normal focal length lens with impeccable image quality and a large image circle.

With Rodenstock as a strategic partner, the introduction of these exclusive, digitally integrated lenses is only the beginning of the XT Camera System lens range.

151 million pixels

The XT Camera System elevates the highest resolution full frame medium format sensor available, ensuring that each RAW image takes full control of the astounding quality and detail provided by the Rodenstock optics. The flexibility afforded by such image resolution opens new possibilities in print, as well as providing the flexibility and convenience to crop and scale images to previously unimaginable levels.


At the heart of the XT – Rodenstock HR lenses is the X-Shutter. The X-Shutter is an intelligently integrated and electronically controlled shutter, born out of Phase One’s industrial applications and experience. The X-Shutter is purpose-built for the XT Camera System to allow for finer control in a smaller form factor. Powered by the IQ4, the X-Shutter shares in the ambition of the Infinity Platform for future growth and flexibility.

Integrated movements

The XT Camera System takes full advantage of the Rodenstock optics with 24mm of shift on both X and Y axes. These movements allow you to correct for perspective distortion or create panoramic and stitched images quickly and precisely. The shift position of the camera is integrated into the image file, providing immediate feedback for later use.

Additionally, the design of the XT allows you to quickly rotate the camera between portrait and landscape orientation, while remaining securely mounted to a tripod via an integrated Arca Swiss-type mount, further expanding the integrated workflow.

IQ4 Infinity Platform

At the core of the XT Camera System is the IQ4, built on the powerful and flexible Infinity Platform. The Infinity Platform dynamically expands and adapts to market demands and technological changes. It provides you with a steady stream of new features, functions, compatibility and improved usability. The Infinity Platform enables the same IQ4 to seamlessly switch between the professional power and functionality of XF, to the elegance and simplicity of the XT.

Capture One Inside

We integrated the cutting-edge RAW editing core of Capture One software directly into your camera to reflect your personal aesthetic in the RAW file itself. Thanks to the ample processing power of the IQ4, with Capture One Inside you get greater control over your RAW capture when you are away from your computer and immersed in your subject.

Precision details

The XT Camera System is built using only the highest quality materials. Each aspect of the design and manufacturing, all the way down to the handcrafted ebony handgrip, focuses on quality and precision, ensuring an exclusive and enjoyable shooting experience.

Modular flexibility

Phase One Camera Systems are designed for modular flexibility. Use the IQ4 Digital Back with the XT Camera Body for an effortless, travel-friendly solution, or switch to the XF Camera Body for more automation, granular customization, and tools to make your workflow more dynamic. No matter what you choose, you’ll be impressed by the unsurpassed image quality that Phase One is known for.