Hasselblad Launches H6D with Sony Sensors

Because pixels, right?

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

Hasselblad said in a news release this week, and what they didn’t say was the H6D is handbuilt with Sony sensors, cause (wait for it)…it’s the sensor, stupid. Pentax and Phase One are also using Sony’s sensor tech, because it’s the most advanced.  Sony Alpha Series cameras like the A7R IIand RX1R II deploy a smaller sensor than the H6D at 35MM, but they also produce pin-sharp, clean files for all the Lightroom slidery you want to do in post. See my latest RX1R II shot on location at Jump Off Joe in Kennewick, Washington.

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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.

Hasselblad’s image processing software, Phocus, has also 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. The Hasselblad H6D-50c is priced at approximately $26,000 US (22,900 EUR), and the H6D-100c is priced at $32,800 US (28,900 EUR).

Scroll through the type of images a Hasselblad’s can shoot on their Instagram, like this one that caught my eye.

Many photographers, when spotting an enchanting landscape opportunity, might be happy to photograph it in a traditional way, but when photographer Jannik Hammes (@jannikhammes) came across an ancient tree that had spectacularly fallen across a scenic stretch of river, he immediately began to think of ways in which he could use this situation as the basis for an action study. / “With the H5D-50c I was able to achieve the image quality of medium format mixed with the lowlight performance of a 35mm DSLR. The camera is also very robust and able to stand up to some tough treatment: I was nervous that it might not survive, but in the end I just treated it as any other tool and it never gave me any trouble even though it got dirty and wet. However, I survived less well: after the shoot I was off work sick for a week. Jonas also suffered a little since he fell off twice before we got the shot we wanted.” / Read the full story at www.hasselblad.com // #hasselblad #createtoinspire #mediumformat #h5d50c

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