Phase One shushes the click with a new electronic shutter, a first for medium format

Technology has a tendency to age in dog years, but Phase One released an update on Monday that shows it is making good on its promise to deliver a future-proof camera system. The third update to the Phase One Update System, the firmware means the XF IQ3 100 is now the first medium format camera with an electronic shutter.

Electronic shutters use no physical moving pieces — instead, a burst of energy signals the camera’s sensor to start recording a picture. While electronic shutters have some tradeoffs — the images tend to be noisier, for example — they boast a few benefits, including a silent operation for applications like wildlife photography.

With the update, IQ3 shooters can use the built-in time lapse and focus stacking functions with more efficiency and less noise, Phase One said. Electronic shutters also allow a camera to use Live View while shooting.

Along with the new electronic shutter feature, the entire XF camera line bulks up on flash-control options, with the addition of rear- and front-curtain sync modes. A new flash analysis tool analyzes your shot and then displays the flash output and duration, allowing users to trim the flash sync timing right inside the camera.

Shooters pairing an XF camera with a Profoto flash can now control all their flash settings within the camera back, thanks to the new Profoto Air Tool. That same addition also brings through the lens (TTL) flash measurement for automatic flash modes.

swticher_v-grip
Phase One
Phase One

Along with the firmware, Phase One also released a few hardware updates, including a new a grip. The XF V-Grip adds a handle and strap underneath the digital back, along with a second shutter release and control dial for shooting vertical photos without the awkward grip.

Phase One also unveiled a new external shutter release tool, dubbed the Break Out Box, or BOB. The device comes in customizable cable lengths — and the function of the button can be customized as well.

The firmware updates are available to download directly from Phase One.

Product Review

Meet Z6, the breakout star in Nikon's new mirrorless lineup

The Nikon Z6 is the sibling to the new mirrorless Z7 -- but for some photographers, the cheaper Z6 may be the better option. Read where the $2,000 camera beats the $3,400 one (and where it doesn’t) in our Nikon Z6 review.
Photography

From DSLRs to mirrorless, these are the best cameras you can buy right now

From entry-level models to full-frame flagships, many cameras take great photos and video. The best digital cameras, however, push the industry forward with innovative sensors and improved usability, among other things. Here are our…
Photography

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.
Gaming

What you should know about 'Battlefield V,' and what to expect with Tides of War

Battlefield V is one of the most ambitious games Electronic Arts and DICE have ever released, including full campaign, multiplayer, and battle royale modes, all while not charging players extra for new maps.
Photography

Lens Rentals zooms in on the most popular cameras of the year

As 2018 comes to a close, Lens Rentals is taking a look at most popular cameras of the year, based on rental data. While Sony and Panasonic saw more rentals than the previous year, Canon is still the most-rented brand on the platform.
Photography

Luminar’s new libraries don’t even need you to manually import images

Luminar 3's new libraries feature doesn't require importing -- images are automatically added after clicking on a folder. The long-promised libraries feature gives editors a Lightroom alternative with organization tools as well as syncing…
Photography

MIT science photographer isn’t an artist, but her work could fill galleries

Felice Frankel is an award-winning photographer, but she doesn't consider herself an artist. As a science photographer, she has been helping researchers better communicate their ideas for nearly three decades with eye-catching imagery.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.
Photography

Photography News: Startup redesigns tripod heads ‘inside out’ for more flexibility

Well, this doesn't look like the ball heads that we've seen before. Instead of designing a tripod ball head with a small cutout, the Colorado Tripod Company created one with most of the ball exposed, allowing for more possible angles.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Photography

Leica targets street photographers with a pricey camera bundle

Described by the camera company as "your perfect companion in the city," Leica's Street Kit comprises a Leica CL camera body, a 23mm (35mm full-frame equivalent) F2 lens, batteries, a handgrip, and a black leather carrying strap.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Social Media

#ThrowbackThursday is only the start: Instagram hashtags for every day of the week

Not getting your hashtag fill with #ThrowbackThursday or #ManCrushMonday? Here's a list of some of the more popular Instagram hashtags, so you can outfit your next post with the proper tag, regardless of what day it is.
Photography

Photographers can now customize the layout of Lightroom Classic controls

Tired of scrolling past Lightroom tools that you don't use? Adobe Lightroom Classic now allows users to reorganize the Develop panel. The update comes along with new sharing options in Lightroom CC, and updates to the mobile Lightroom app.