Hasselblad Launches New H6D 100mp Medium Format Camera
As predicted earlier in the week, Hasselblad has unveiled two new medium format cameras in the form of the H6D-100c and the H6D-50c. I’ve no doubt that the 100mp sensor in the H6D-100c, is the same CMOS Sony sensor that was first seen in the Phase One XF 100MP that was launched earlier in the year, but the Hasselblad version comes in at a considerably lower price point, and offers an even cheaper 50MP version which isn’t available in the Phase One lineup at all. Pricing is €22900 for the 50mp and €28900 for the 100mp which equates to roughly $26,000 and $33,000 respectively.
This could be a significant problem for Phase One, who have recently taken some online flak for the poor reliability of their cameras. The H6D-100c is roughly $10,000 cheaper than the XF 100MP, and since they use the same sensor… I know which way I would lean if I were in the market.
This is an exciting year for digital medium format! Last year saw the inevitable shift from CCD to CMOS sensors just like you find in a regular DSLR, but the first cameras from Phase One (IQ180) and Hasselblad (H5D) were cropped sensors, not “full frame” medium format. They delivered extended dynamic range and much better high ISO handling, but it never sat well with me that you were paying tens of thousands of dollars for a sensor that wasn’t using the full image circle of your lens. 2016 has finally delivered full frame medium format CMOS sensors, and it’s pretty darned exciting for those that wish to shoot with such cameras.
- CFast and SD slots
- ISO up to 12,800
- Shutter speed up to 1/2000
- 15 stops of dynamic range
- 4k RAW video recording (H6D-100C only)
- Audio in/out
- Built-in wifi
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Hasselblad launches an all new medium format camera
75 years at the forefront of imagery, Hasselblad continues to innovate
Hasselblad began its journey when founder, Victor Hasselblad, refused to simply copy an aerial surveillance camera at the request of the Swedish government who asked him if he had the skills to produce a camera identical to one that had been captured. He famously said: ‘No, but I can make a better one’. The camera maker has once again, followed Victor’s philosophy and applied it to the award winning H medium format camera – launching the all new H6D.
Rather than an improvement on the existing medium format H Cameras, the H6D range has been completely rebuilt with new technical components and an all new electronic platform. The pioneering range retains the modularity appreciated by medium format enthusiasts along with iconic design elements and Swedish handmade quality for which Hasselblad is renowned.
The H6D range introduces the H6D-100c with CMOS sensor, a 100MP option and the H6D-50c with a 50MP CMOS sensor. A wider range of shutter speeds from 60 minutes to 1/2000th of a second, increased ISO range and a faster shooting rate along with USB 3.0 Type-C connector that delivers exceptionally fast file transfer. The H lens range is fully compatible and, with the choice of a faster shutter speed, can be further leveraged than with previous ranges.
The H6D-100c brings 4K video capability to medium format. The high-definition rear touchscreen LCD delivers a pin sharp live view experience and Wi-Fi as standard, a HDMI connector, for external monitor connectivity, completes the tool set.
Built-in dual card slots allow enhanced media capability; a CFast slot allows for high-speed capture and an SD card slot enables maximum compatibility. The all new platform is capable of handling the largest file throughput with speed and ease using optimised algorithms for matchless quality les.
Hasselblad’s image processing software, Phocus, has been enhanced with the new 3.0 version delivering additional features that allow you to apply local adjustments in the image and a new graphical interface that improves work flow and user experience.
Commenting on the launch Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The launch of the H6D range is the beginning of a year of celebration for Hasselblad. It’s fitting that we have returned to our pinnacle medium format camera to showcase the innovation and passion that have been present in every one of our first 75 years. Our obsessive approach to optical quality and precision hand building in Sweden is at the heart of this camera.
We have retained the best and introduced the most relevant – delivering a medium format camera which we believe the Hasselblad user will fall in love with all over again.”