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California 12K – First Look: LA

I recently had the opportunity to test the new Phase One XF IQ3 100MP for timelapse use. This system is the full package – 100 megapixel images with incredible clarity and detail, great dynamic range, and good high ISO performance. I’m looking forward to sharing more of my thoughts about using this system soon, but suffice to say, this opens new doors for both stills and timelapse capture.


I’m very happy to share a first look at a few of the timelapse clips I captured, which may be used in an upcoming project I’m working on with a few other timelapsers, tentatively titled California 12K.


This trailer is available in up to 4K resolution. Check it out in 4K or 2K if possible.


Check out some more samples and a few BTS images of the camera in the field –


Dynamic Range

Here’s a dynamic range test captured in Las Vegas – both timelapse video and stills. Before is as shot. After is with exposure and shadows pushed multiple stops. Even in this extreme example, the image quality holds up at high resolution.


Las Vegas at night, as shot
Las Vegas at night, as shot

Las Vegas at night, shadows recovered Las Vegas at night, shadows recovered
Below: 50% crop (left), 100% crop (right)

Behind the Scenes


BTS by Dustin Kukuk BTS by Dustin Kukuk

BTS by Dustin Kukuk BTS by Dustin Kukuk


Questions about my 12K footage or shooting with this system? Contact me for more info.


Special Thanks

Huge thanks to Digital Transitions for making these tests possible and for their immense knowledge of the system. Also, big thanks to Dustin Kukuk for the BTS images, and Dustin and Joe Capra for lots of help figuring out the intricacies of shooting timelapse on this system.


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Joe Capra
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1 Comment

  • Ralph

    12.05.2016 at 07:33 Reply

    Great Job! Amazing result with this fantastic gear, hope I can effort it one day. I will start a 360 – photo project by the end of this year, combined with 360 recorded and played surround sound, to introduce a unique visual experience. This footage is inspiring, especially the colors and sharpness!

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