The new back, capable of shooting raw uninterpolated images of up to 528Mb
using Imacon's unique micro-step 4*Res capture process, completes the company's
successful Ixpress digital camera back family, which has made Imacon one of
the world leaders in high-end digital camera back manufacturers in terms of
both technology and sales.
Says Christian Poulsen, founder and managing director, Imacon: "We
have been immensely encouraged by market interest in, and sales of, our range
of digital backs over the past two years. Even we at Imacon underestimated the
depth to which the market would embrace our technology. The launch of the new
Ixpress 528C is the next step in our concept of 'Unlimited Photography."
"With the introduction of our Ixpress 528C and its unique 4*Res module
(patent pending) - a major technological advance for the industry - we are now
providing the photographer with even greater flexibility, and once again proving
Imacon is at the cutting edge of digital back technology.
"There have been questions posed as to whether there is an industry
need for a 528 MB digital back. However, we believe in developing technology
that suits not only today's requirements, but those of the future. What we have
developed with the 528C is a virtually future-proof digital back."
The 528C offers three capture modes (one, four and 16 shot) and joins the Ixpress
single-shot digital backs in offering the highest level of flexibility, portability
and digital image quality available in the market. It is able to shoot a full
16-bit colour 132MB image in single-shot mode, and 132 and 528MB images in four
and 16 shot modes respectively, straight to disc, including preview, every two
seconds in sequence up to 850 images and has a maximum exposure time of 32 seconds.
The new camera back incorporates a Kodak 22 million, nine-micron pixel sensor
and Imacon's revolutionary new sensor control - Double Duration Circuit (DDC)
- to ensure the highest image quality.
An integral part of the Ixpress 528C is its open adaptability to camera platforms
spanning view cameras and range of popular medium format and auto focus cameras.
"We call it the i-Adaptor concept," continues Christian. "Launched
in 2003, the i-Adaptor is compatible a wide range of leading cameras. The i-Adaptor
allows the photographer himself to interchange the back from one camera to the
next by simply undoing four screws. Again, this is about offering the most versatile
option to the professional."
The quality of the image registration is extremely precise, with Imacon's 4*
(four and 16 shot) multiple exposure technique enabling the entire CCD area
to capture each colour through piezo-controlled movements - providing maximum
resolution, moiré free images without interpolation and free from temperature
instability. By shooting the same object more than once, while moving the CCD
sensor between the shots, the Imacon multi-shot provides a much higher resolution
(up to four times), greatly improving colour quality.
"The Ixpress concept is also the only system on the market that is
fully upgradeable from single-shot to multi-shot mode," Mr Poulsen
continues. "This means photographers have the option to either purchase
the Ixpress 528C back in the first instance, or buy the Ixpress single-shot
back and have the 4*Res add-on module retro-fitted at a later date in the factory
achieved through a specially-designed 'split' housing unit in the Ixpress, providing
"As with the single-shot model, the Ixpress 528C comes with a compact
portable preformatted image bank allowing more than 850 captured raw images
to be stored for immediate or future transfer directly to a computer hard disk,
maintaining the integrity of the captured image and removing the need for any
on-site connection to a laptop. Once an image is captured on the portable Ixpress
Image Bank, a 72 dpi preview of each image is generated in an automatic 'Preview
Selection' for an instant image selection and download to a laptop or for viewing
at a later date in the studio.
"The photographer can now view and select any of up to 850 images immediately
- without transferring the raw image data. Using Imacon's unique FlexColor software,
incorporating our new 3F (Flexible File Format) application, Imacon's Ixpress
family offers the fastest capture, selection, copying and database storage of
captured digital photographic images in the industry."
Compatible with a wide range of leading auto-focus and view cameras, the Ixpress
528C also offers full functionality across Mac OSX, and PC Windows platforms
and connects to the Ixpress Image Bank via a 90cm cable for computer-free operation
and a 10m cable for studio operation. Connection from the Ixpress Image Bank
to laptop or computer is via Firewire.