Hasselblad Releasing Medium Format Hard Drive Crushing 400 Megapixel Beast



Hasselblad is releasing an update of its H6D-100c 100-megapixel medium format camera --called the H6D-400c -- that can create 400-megapixel images, with more accurate color, using the company's Multi-Shot technology.

In Multi-Shot mode, the camera captures either 4 or 6 images at once. With four, it moves the sensor by one-pixel increments. With six it adds two more exposures with the sensor shifting by 1/2 pixel increments. The six images are then merged into a single a 2.4GB 16-bit TIFF file (23200 x 17400 pixels). That's right, each multi-shot image is 2.4GB, so, the camera must be tethered to a computer in the Mult-Shot mode.

This is kind of how it works.


Here's a list of the H6D-400c product features from Hasselblad's website:

100MP CMOS SENSOR
At the cameras heart lies our 53.4 x 40mm 100MP CMOS 
sensor, with its wide ISO range, 16-bit colour data and 15 
stops dynamic range, it is capable of delivering stunning images 
even when conditions are not ideal.

USB 3.0 TYPE-C
USB 3.0 Type-C connector allows connection to any platform 
without the need for an adapter. It also delivers very fast transfer 
rates for tethered shooting, high speed data transfers and 30FPS 
live view.

3.0-INCH TOUCH REAR DISPLAY
The 3" high definition rear display boasts touch capability with user 
customisation options including assigning favourite functions to 
touch buttons. With a resolution of 920K dots, the image display 
performance delivers clear, colour accurate image reviews and a 
pin sharp Liveview experience.

DUAL MEDIA CARD SLOTS
The CFast 2.0 card slot offers very high speed data transfer rates 
and is uniquely qualified for use with the high data bandwidths 
required for HD & UHD video and continuous stills shooting. The 
industry standard SD card slot ensures very good data transfer 
rates and wide ranging compatibility with existing card readers.

HD & UHD VIDEO
When you simply need the highest quality, the H6D-400c MS can 
also capture UHD (4K) video in Hasselblad's proprietary RAW 
video format.

MODULAR SYSTEM
The H6D-400c MS builds on our existing modular design offering 
flexibility and convenience for a range of photographic needs.

Improved back removal process.

WI-FI, HDMI & AUDIO I/O
High speed Wi-Fi gives you the freedom to preview your shots 
wirelessly using Phocus Mobile on an iOS device.


TRUE FOCUS II
Hasselblad's unique True Focus ensures that the focus is accurately 
adjusted to give razor sharp images.



Here is a sample image from their site that was taken with the H6D-400c of a beetle. (not full resolution).

H6D-400c beetle.jpg

Now, look at the difference between a single image, which is basically of what a 400% zoom in from an H6D-100c would look like. 

hasselblaad 1 exposure.jpg
(single exposure at 400%)


hasselblad 4 exposure.jpg
(4 exposures 400%)

hasselblad 6 exposure.jpg
(6 exposures 200%)


Insanity! I think this is one of those cameras that was intended to be used to capture great vistas and portraits and is going to end up being an archival source where you can capture items and zoom in at an almost full resolution and explore things.