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Phase One's LightPhase H 20 digital camera back, shown attached to the Hasselblad 555ELD camera. Courtesy of Phase One. Kodak sensor used in Lightphase H 20!
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(Friday, April 27, 2001 - 13:41 EDT)

Phase One's latest camera back uses Kodak CCD sensor...

Eastman Kodak Co. has today distributed a press release noting Phase One's use of its KAF-16801CE image sensor in the LightPhase H 20 digital camera back. First announced at the PMA 2001 show in Orlando, the Light Phase H 20 back uses the 16 megapixel sensor to create files of 48 MB in 24 bit RGB or 128 MB in 48 bit CMYK format. The sensor is square, giving a final file size of 4020 x 4020 pixels...

The camera back also feature FireWire connectivity, and Phase One's 'Sleeping architecture with instant wake-up' to avoid the CCD sensor from heating, thus ensuring noise free images and long exposure times up to 16 seconds. It will ship in July 2001, and supports the Hasselblad 555ELD and Mamiya RZ67 Pro II. An optional adapter will allow it to also support the Arca Swiss, Cambo 23SF, Rollei Xact, Linhof M679, as well as Sinar, Linhof, Arca Swiss, Toyo, Horseman, Cambo and Plaubel 4" x 5" cameras. Pricing has not been announced (that we can see), however an offer is currently being made to purchase the original LightPhase, and then switch to the LightPhase H 20 when it ships for the price difference, which is noted as US$6000. The original LightPhase seels for just under $20,000, so this would suggest the LightPhase H 20 will cost around $26,000.

Source: Eastman Kodak Co.

Original Source Press Release:

Phase One A/S to Use Kodak's 16-Megapixel CCD in LightPhase H20 Digital Camera Back

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 27, 2001*Eastman Kodak Company today announced that Phase One A/S, a world leader in Direct Digital Imaging, has selected Kodak's KAF-16801CE 16-megapixel CCD image sensor for use in its upcoming LightPhase H20 digital camera back. This design win highlights Kodak's strategy to aggressively market its world-class image sensor technology directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for use in imaging markets worldwide in addition to use within other Kodak business units. Kodak offers these products through the company's Image Sensor Solution division (ISS).

About the LightPhase H20 Digital Camera Back
The Phase One LightPhase H20 is a high resolution, 16-million pixel single shot direct digital imaging system designed for use in high-end professional imaging applications with a need for productivity, flexibility, and superior image quality. As a member of the family of LightPhase products, the LightPhase H20 integrates seamlessly into the LightPhase workflow used daily by thousands of studio photographers worldwide. For more information on Phase One and the LightPhase family of products visit www.phaseone.com.

About the KAF-16801CE CCD Image Sensor
The KAF-16801 is designed to meet the demanding requirements of the studio and high-end digital camera marketplace. Its 16.6 million (4080 x 4080) pixel array represents an unprecedented leap in CCD resolution. The device incorporates a 9 micron pixel architecture with integral color filter array and is packaged in a 34-pin DIP ceramic package. Studio photographers in the professional market demand uncompromising image quality. The KAF-16801CE, with its ultra-high resolution and large pixel size, meets their requirements by providing superior dynamic range and low noise. The result is stunning digital images with exceptional sharpness.

For more information Kodak's sensor products, visit the Image Sensor Solutions web site at www.kodak.com/go/ccd or contact us by phone at 716-722-4385 or by email at ccd@kodak.com.
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