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Hasselblad intros its H6D-400c MS, a 400MP multi-shot camera

by Mark Tyson on 18 January 2018, 13:01

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Hasselblad claims to have "once again has raised the bar for image quality," with its new H6D-400c MS medium format camera. The new camera offers multi-shot capabilitiy to reach its headlining claims. Such cameras are now a leading choice of institutions, organizations, and museums worldwide to record historic treasures in the highest image quality possible. Hasselblad's H6D-400c MS best images are composed of six shots producing an effective 400MP images, or you can dial down the quality to do a four-shot or single-shot image with 100MP.

It is explained that in multi-shot mode, with six images captured, the first four images are created by moving the sensor one pixel at a time, then a further two exposures are made moving the sensor half a pixel horizontally, then vertically. A piezo actuator unit controls the tiny precise sensor movements necessary. The resulting six shots are merged to give a single 400MP image, delivered as a 2.4GB 16-bit TIFF (23200 x 17400 pixels), "for those seeking the utmost in image quality and resolving power".

When you are taking these multi-shot images the camera must be tethered to a PC or Mac. Even without this information, you would have already likely surmised that this camera isn't meant to snap any fast moving scenes. However it does offer multi-shot (x4) and single shot modes which both result in 100MP imagery, if the six-shot mode is overkill for your particular subject matter.

Hasselblad's H6D-400c MS will become available to purchase from March, with an MSRP of €39,999 / $47,995 / £36,250 plus any local sales tax. Pre orders are already open. For those who might only need such a camera for a short spell, local Hasselblad representatives will be renting out H6D-400c MS cameras at €399/day, moving to as low as €199/day for 10 days or more, including shipping, insurance and other fees.

H6D-400c MS tech specs, click to zoom-in

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Cheap that… I'd rather take multiple shots and stitch them together to get the resolution
€200/day to avoid doing that & speed up the image taking process could end up making financial sense, depending on how much you're paying the photographer
with the right set up you could likely replicate it with 4 camera's so you get the 4 ‘corners’ of the image for a lot less. Obviously a bit more bulky etc but it should work.
4 100 Mpix sensors isn't going to come in any cheaper than 1 100 Mpix sensor and some piezo actuators - in fact, it'll probably cost $76,000 more
Will it still look rubbish on facebook though?