Hasselblad’s H6D-400c MS uses multi-shot, sensor-shift technology to combine up to 6 exposures into one gigantic image of 23,200 x 17,400 pixels.
Sweden-based Hasselblad has launched its latest next generation multi-shot, medium format camera, which uses sensor-shift technology to capture 400 mega pixel images that are sized at a whopping 2.4GB. Named the H6D-400C MS, you will have to shell out €39,999 (₹30,64,200) for this baby. Hasselblad will begin shipping the medium format camera from March 2018 onwards, although pre-orders have been started from January 16.
And if you are unable or unwilling to spend more than ₹30 lakhs on a camera, Hasselblad has given you the option, for the very first time, of being able to rent the device, for a fee of €399 (₹23,400) per day.
Similar to its earlier H6D-100c, Hasselblad’s H6D-400c MS uses multi-shot, sensor-shift technology to combine up to 6 exposures into one gigantic image of 23,200 x 17,400 pixels. The final image is a 16-bit TIFF, which is 2.4GB in size. This is how it is able to achieve the resolution of 400 MP. Of the 6 exposures used, for the first four, the sensor moves one pixel at a time to get colour data. Then the sensor returns to its original position to take the next two exposures, moving half a pixel horizontally first and then half a pixel vertically. According to the company, the image that results from this technology has “an astonishing moire free level of detail.”
While the system is similar to that used by other camera manufacturers, including Panasonic and Olympus, Hasselblad uses its “floating” 5-axis sensor image stabilization technology to move the sensor across different positions, with a machined metal block that provides a track for the sensor to move on. This leads to a more rigid system, ensuring precise movements each time.
Other features of the H6D-400c MS include:
In addition, if you do not want to use the 400 MP resolution, you have the 100 MP option as well, where the images are captured in a single shot, or using multi-shot but with only 4 exposures.