Hasselblad – taking cameras to newer heights

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. He climbed down the ladder of the Lunar Module Eagle and proclaimed: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for a mankind”. Buzz Aldrin, the second human to land on moon marveled at its beauty, and called it a “magnificent desolation”. Sometime later, Aldrin posed for a picture on the lunar surface, and Armstrong takes his snapshot. The camera that used by Armstrong was Hasselblad 550EL.

The same Hasselblad, a Swedish manufacturer that has been bringing to the world classic medium-format cameras, has brought out yet another masterpiece: Hasselblad H6D-400C MS. It is capable of capturing a mind-blowing 400 mega-pixel image output, capturing every subtle nuance of a subject. It is coupled with real RGB color data for each pixel, enhancing the image quality and experience.

The recently released H6D-400C comes with multi-shot (pixel-shift) technology. It works on a simple technique: it captures four 100-megapixel images, and with several detailed maneuvers, it comes out with six stills; it then combines these stills, resulting in a 400-megapixel (23200×17400 pixels; the screen that you are reading this on will generally have a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels). This feature is generally for capturing still pictures with utmost detail in quality and resolving power.

At the core of the H6D-400C MS is a 100MP CMOS sensor that measures 53.4×40.0mm. It has a 15-stop dynamic range and an ISO range of 64-12800. The resultant output image of this camera will be a 16-bit TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image with a size of 2.4GB. Therefore, due to large output size of its images, the camera needs to be tethered to a computer during multi-shot shooting.

Hasselblad H6D-400C will be start shipping from March 2018, and will cost $47,995 (around INR 30,66,688). The company also allows people to rent it for as much as €399/ 1 day to €199 for ten days and up.

Göran Liljeberg, a globally renowned photographer of small insects took a picture of a bug with this camera, demonstrating the quality and power of the camera. Have a look at this picture.