Quality Comparison from:
FOTOGRAFI
PEI (Photo Electronic Imaging)
Dai Nippon Printing

Phase One's image quality is superior to 4x5 film

This brochure illustrates the results of three different and independent image quality comparisons. The images from the Swedish Magazine Fotografi, the US Magazine PEI (PHOTO Electronic Imaging), and the Japanese printing company Dai Nippon Printing shows a comparison between one or more digital cameras and conventional film.

Same Conclusion
The magazines reached the same conclusion. When comparing a digital image captured with a Phase One digital camera system to an image scanned to the same file size from 4x5 film, the digital file is clearly better. It is cleaner, does not contain film grain, has more exact colors, and has a better dynamic range.

Digital Images Have No Grain
The images captured by Dai Nippon Printing compares how large you can reproduce images using 4x5 film and a Phase One digital system.The images show that you can only enlarge an image to a certain point before quality loss becomes visible. When enlarging the file during a scan the grain in the film is the limiting factor. When enlarging the digital camera file the limitation is determined by the cameras maximum resolution and the amount of interpolated enlargement you can add to the file before pixelization becomes apparent.

Image Quality Comparison
DIGITAL CAMERA TEST BY "FOTOGRAFI"

Fotografi Test Setup
Comparison of digital cameras and film as reference film. Test made by the Swedish magazine: FOTOGRAFI.

Quotes from the article:
"...The image (captured with the PowerPhase) is completely clean, with no dirt at all compared to the film where dirt is inevitable. The dynamic range is larger than on film and shadow details are better."

"...Phase Ones scanning backs created better images than a 4x5 Ektachrome EPR 64 slide. An image captured with a 2000 x 2000 pixel multishot digital back has almost the same quality as 24x36 mm slide (35mm film). The digital images are more clean, on film the grain is visible in smooth areas."

For more information, please refer to fotografi@helsingborg.se

4x5 Ektachrome film scanned Image captured by 4x5 Ektachrome EPR 64 film scanned on Linotype Hell drum scanner to 70MB. Unsharp Mask applied by scanner. (Cropped)

Image captured by Digital Camera 2000x2000 pixel multishot type Digital Camera 2000x2000 pixel multishot type. Scaled up in Photoshop to match print size of 4x5 film image. Unsharp Mask applied in Photoshop. (Cropped)

Image captured by Phase One PowerPhase for Hasselblad Image captured by Phase One PowerPhase for Hasselblad. Scaled down in Photoshop to match print size of 4x5 film image. Unsharp Mask applied in Photoshop. (Cropped)



FILM vs. DIGITAL TEST BY "PEI"

Artwork by Tavlos
Comparison of 4x5 film and Phase One PowerPhase. Test made by the AmericanMagazine: PEI (Photo Electronic Imaging).

Quotes from the PEI article:
"...The image created with a PowerPhase digital back from Phase One has a greater tonal range and does not show the grain of the image captured on Provia film and scanned on a drum scanner."

"..the images show more clearly the grain in the film image that is not present in the digital capture. The image captured with the PowerPhase back also matches more closely the true color of the original artwork."

For more information, please refer to www.peimag.com/

© Reprinted with permission from PEI and Andrew Rodney. Original artwork by Tavlos.

Image captured with Fujichrome Provix 4x5 Film
Fujichrome Provia 4x5 Film. Scanned on ScanMate 5000 drum scanner to 121MB. (Cropped)
  Image captured with Phase One PowerPhase for 4x5
Captured by Phase One PowerPhase for 4x5. 121MB file. (Cropped)



DNP Logo
FILM & DIGITAL IMAGES FROM "DNP"

Images captured by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Japan.

For more information on DNP, please refer to www.dnp.co.jp

Film 4x5 EPY (Kodak). Scanned on MG646, 16 dot/mm (406 dpi)   Image captured with Phase One PhotoPhase
Film scanned with 386% enlargement
Film scanned with 386% enlargement (cropped)
  Original image A3
Original image A3 (11"x17") - 400 dpi (cropped)
Film scanned with 579% enlargement
Film scanned with 579% enlargement (cropped)
  150% enlargement of original image
150% enlargement of original image (cropped)
Film scanned with 1158% enlargement
Film scanned with 1158% enlargement (cropped)
  300% enlargement of original image
300% enlargement of original image (cropped)

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