Hasselblad has released details of its latest medium-format camera, the H6D-400c MS, which can deliver an effective resolution of up to 400 megapixels.


Angled rear view of the new H6D-400c MS camera. (Source: Hasselblad.)

The new camera provides all the technological functions of Hasselblad’s H6D single-shot camera but adds the ability to capture higher resolution and greater colour fidelity through Multi-Shot photography. The system used is similar to the high-resolution shooting systems developed by Olympus and Panasonic. However, while those systems use the 5-axis sensor stabilisation technology  to move the image sensor, the Hasselblad  technology involves moving the sensor very accurately by 1 or 1⁄2 a pixel at a time with a precision piezo actuator. The captured images are then merged in Phocus, Hasselblad’s dedicated desktop software solution, to produce a single finished file.

Photographers can choose between a 4-shot Multi-shot mode in which four captures are made and a 6-shot mode which records six exposures, which are made by moving the sensor by ½ a pixel horizontally and then ½ a pixel vertically. The result of the 6-shot mode is equivalent to 400-megapixel resolution, delivering a 16-bit Tiff file size of 2.4GB per frame (23200 x 17400 pixels).

According to Hasselblad’s website, the H6D-400c MS will start shipping in March 2018 in Europe with other areas to follow. For more information, visit https://crkphotoimaging.com.au/ and follow the links in the Photo Imaging menu.