Hasselblad has released details of its new H3D full-frame, large-sensor, medium-format DSLR camera system, which supports 48 x 36mm digital image capture.


October 4, 2006: Hasselblad has released details of its new H3D full-frame, large-sensor, medium-format DSLR camera system, which supports 48 x 36mm digital image capture.
The company claims the new system offers photographers the full benefits of professional medium-format cameras plus the ease-of-use of the best 35mm DSLRs. The H3D has been developed around a new ‘Ultra-Focus’ engine, which delivers increased lens performance and a new level of image sharpness. Information about the lens and exact capture conditions are fed into the digital camera engine for fine-tuning of the auto-focus mechanism. Processing takes into account the design of the lens and the optical specification of the sensor and adds Digital APO Correction (DAC) to minimise colour aberrations and distortion in the resulting images.
The H3D is being offered in two models, the Hasselblad H3D-22 (22 megapixels) and the Hasselblad H3D-39 (39 megapixels), with the H3D-39 having a resolution more than twice that of a high-end 35mm camera sensor. This means more and larger photosites, which ensures the highest possible image quality and moirø© free colour rendering without loss of tonal gradation.


The H3D has also been developed for maximum flexibility, offering a choice of viewfinders for image composition, including the new, interchangeable, waist-level viewfinder for the H system cameras. H3D cameras are also compatible with Hasselblad’s standard H System lenses. Three image storage options are available: CF card, a 100 GB Hasselblad Image Bank or via FireWire to a tethered computer. Hasselblad has designed a new 28mm wide angle lens especially for the H3D, to take full advantage of the Ultra-Focus and DAC functionality. The digital capture unit can also be used on a view camera with tilt and shift functionality.


Full details of the H3D camera system can be found at http://www.hasselblad.com/products/h-system/h3d.aspx. Camera specifications are as follows:


Sensor dimensions: 36.7 x 49.0 mm
Sensor size: 22 Mpixels (4080 x 5440 pixels)
Image size (8/16 bit RGB): RAW 3FR capture 30 MB on average. TIFF 8 bit: 66 MB
Storage capacity: 2 GB CF card holds 66 images on average
Sensor size: 39 Mpixels (5412 . 7212 pixels)
Image size (8/16 bit RGB): RAW 3FR capture 50 MB on average. TIFF 8 bit: 117 MB
Storage capacity: 2 GB CF card holds 40 images on average
Shooting mode: Single shot

Shutter speed range: 32 seconds to 1/800 second (18 hours to 1/800 second using film)

Flash sync speed: Flash can be used at all shutter speeds.

Viewfinder options: HVD90X: 90 ° reflex viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-5 to +3.5D). Image magnification 3.1 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz; HV90X: For use with film capture; HVM: Waist level viewfinder; View camera compatibility
Focusing: Autofocus with Ultra-Focus digital feedback. Instant manual focus override. AF metering with passive central cross-type sensor. Metering range EV 1 to 19 at ISO 100.
Flash control: Automatic TTL centre weighted system. Uses built-in flash or flashes compatible with SCA3002 (Metzâ„¢). Output can be adjusted from -3 to +3EV. For manual flashes a built-in metering system is available.
Exposure metering: Metering options: Spot, Centre weighted and Centre Spot. Metering range Spot: EV2 to 21, Centre weighted: EV1 to 21, Centre Spot: EV1 to 21
Image storage: CF card type II (write speed >20 MB/sec), New Image Bank 100 GB external hard drive or tethered to Mac or PC
Colour management: Hasselblad RGB: . full dynamics . reproduction dynamics
Capture rate: 35 captures per minute
Colour display: OLED 2.2-inch; Histogram feedback on rear OLED and on camera body grip LCD
IR filter: Mounted on CCD sensor
Acoustic feedback File format: Hasselblad 3FR
Software: FlexColor (included)
Host connection type: FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b)
Power supply: Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2 VDC / 1850 mAh). Optional cassette for 3 CR-123
Battery capacity: H3D camera system, Li-ion battery: 250 captures in 4 hours