Phase One previews 'unparalleled' dynamic range and shadow detail rendition

Phase One Dual Exposure+
(Image credit: Phase One)

Dynamic range is a key selling point for cameras and sensors. It's the ability to capture detail in the brightest and darkest parts of a scene without them turning to a blank white or a solid black. It's a key part of the Digital Camera World testing process and it's as important to professional photographers as megapixels and sensor sizes.

The dynamic range of sensors is finite. Dynamic range is measured in EV (f-stops); 12 stops of dynamic range is good for a mirrorless camera or DSLR, though some stretch to 13 stops and medium format cameras sometimes boast 14 or 15 EV dynamic range. But Phase One's new capture technology takes this a step further by combining two exposures in-camera to create a composite raw file which can be processed in the latest Capture One software to offer more dynamic range than ever before. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at