The CEO of Hasselblad, Perry Oosting, stated that the firm had a relatively quiet 2015 but that this was primarily because of the extensive amount of effort going into the creation of the H6D and the preparations for this year’s 75th-anniversary festivities.
The new camera comes in two different variations: one has a resolution of 50 megapixels and is dubbed the H6D-50C, while the other has a resolution of 100 megapixels and is called the H6D-100C. Unexpectedly, the sensors range in size from very small to quite large.
The sensor with 50 megapixels has dimensions of 43.8 by 32.9 millimeters, while the device with 100 has dimensions of 53.4 by 40.0 millimeters; these dimensions are not too far off from the standard 60 by 45 millimeters of the 645 medium format.
Both cameras are compatible with lenses from the Hasselblad H system. However, the 100Mp sensor generates images with a focal length magnification that is “near to” 1x that of the 645 formats focal length, and the 50Mp sensor results in a magnification factor around 1.5x larger.
This indicates a variation in the framing when the same lens is mounted on each camera — it is analogous to switching from a full-frame camera to an APS-C model and using a 35mm full-frame lens on the latter.
Hasselblad H6D-100c Build Quality
For the H6D, Hasselblad has opted to keep the well-known modular design of its H-series cameras. Still, the company has included a high-quality touchscreen to make it simpler to operate the camera and adjust its settings. All of the movements that you would typically expect to be able to utilize, such as pinch zooming, swiping, tapping, and double-tapping, are functional. A handy control screen that allows you to alter critical settings like as exposure mode, sensitivity, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance is shown when you slide down from the top of the screen.
A somewhat unusual limitation is that the Live View mode does not support automatic focusing; however, it is expected to be addressed in a future firmware update. The optical viewfinder remains the same on the H5D and is as clear as a bell. In contrast, the main screen is exceptionally crisp and displays excellent detail. With only two taps on the screen, you can zoom in to 100 percent, which makes it much simpler to bring the topic entirely in focus.
Hasselblad H6D-100c Performance
In the past, photographers of all levels—amateurs, semi-professionals, and professionals—purchased medium-format cameras. This was because the larger film frame immediately resulted in more excellent-quality photographs, which could be reproduced at significantly more significant proportions. The H6D-100C comes close with a sensor near the 60 x 45cm of 645 formats, especially when you allow for the rebate typically found around the 645 film/negative frame. However, medium-format digital cameras usually do not have a sensor the same size as medium-format film these days. However, the H6D-100C comes close with a sensor near the length of medium format film.
High-resolution 35mm full-frame cameras such as the Nikon D6810 and Sony Alpha 7R II have demonstrated that technological advancement is constantly occurring. These cameras have shown that cramming many pixels onto a sensor can result in noisy photos. It has been discovered that medium-format digital cameras such as the Pentax 645Z and the Hasselblad H5D-50C can also deliver the improved image quality required by many professional photographers. It is certainly conceivable that a bigger 100Mp sensor will achieve the same results, and doing so would make it possible to print images of 98 x 74 cm (38 × 29 inches) at a resolution of 300ppi.
Hasselblad H6D-100c Image Quality
Because of the updated platform, our algorithms that have been optimized can produce excellent outcomes. Your photographs will have greater depth and tone accuracy thanks to the combination of Hasselblad’s Natural Color Solution and 16-bit color definition.
The new 100MP CMOS sensor is approximately 50 percent bigger than the 50MP option, which enables the use of wide-angle lenses at their full potential field of view.
In addition, the 100MP sensor has an impressive dynamic range of 15 stops, which enables exceptional detail capture – from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. This is one of the reasons why the camera has so many megapixels.
Hasselblad H6D-100c Specs
|Lens Mount||Hasselblad H|
|Sensor Resolution||Effective: 100 Megapixel (11,600 x 8700)|
|Sensor Type||53.4 x 40 mm (Medium Format) CMOS|
|Capture Type||Stills & Video|
|Shutter Type||Leaf Shutter|
|Shutter Speed||1/2000 to 60 Minutes|
|ISO Sensitivity||64 to 12,800|
|Metering Range||2 to 21 EV (Spot)|
1 to 21 EV (Center-Weighted Average)
1 to 21 EV (Center Spot)
|Continuous Shooting||Up to 1.5 fps|
Still Image Capture
|Image File Format||Raw|
|Internal Recording Modes||H.264|
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p at 29.97 fps
|External Recording Modes||HDMI|
1920 x 1080p
|Media/Memory Card Slot||Slot 1: CFast|
Slot 2: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
|Video I/O||1 x Mini-HDMI Output|
|Audio I/O||1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone Output|
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Microphone Input
|Power I/O||1 x DC Input|
|Other I/O||1 x USB-C (USB 3.2 / 3.1 Gen 1) Data Output|
1 x Hasselblad Cord H Input
1 x 2.5 mm Sub-Mini FlashSync Input
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm FlashSync Output
|Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)||None|
|Display Type||Fixed Touchscreen LCD|
|Secondary Display||Top: Status Display|
|Type||Built-In Electronic (LCD)|
|Diopter Adjustment||-5 to +3.5|
|Focus Type||Auto and Manual Focus|
|Autofocus Sensitivity||1 to +19 EV|
|Guide Number||39.4′ / 12 m|
|Maximum Sync Speed||None|
|Flash Compensation||-3 to +3 EV|
|Dedicated Flash System||TTL|
|External Flash Connection||Hot Shoe, PC Terminal|
|Operating Temperature||14 to 113°F / -10 to 45°C|
|Battery Type||1 x 3200 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Grip, 7.2 VDC, 3200 mAh|
|Tripod Mounting Thread||1 x 1/4″-20 Female (Bottom)|
1 x 3/8″-16 Female (Bottom)
|Accessory Mount||1 x Hot Shoe Mount|
|Material of Construction||Steel, Aluminum|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||6 x 5.2 x 4.8″ / 153 x 131 x 122 mm (Without Protrusions)|
|Weight||3.6 lb / 1633 g (With Battery, Recording Media)|
|Package Weight||8 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||12 x 11.6 x 7.5″|
Hasselblad H6D-100c Verdict
Many photographers, even professionals, find that an image size of 50 megapixels is more than sufficient, and the H6D-50C’s improvements in handling, as well as the potential improvements in image quality, may be enough to encourage them to upgrade. Nevertheless, I feel that the H6D-100C will be more successful, even though it has a price tag of $32,995/€28,900 (or $25,995/€22,900 if it does not support 4K video).
Those who are interested in upgrading to a 100C from an H5D-50C or H5D-60CCD will be granted a trade-in value of £8,750, which is an argument that has the potential to be quite convincing. A trade-in value of £8000 is attached to the same camera after it has been upgraded to a 50C model.
The disadvantages of utilizing medium format cameras have traditionally included that they are both cumbersome and time-consuming. The H6D is still somewhat complicated but is noticeably quicker than prior medium-format cameras. Additionally, the touchscreen is snappy, making it simple to verify the settings and make necessary adjustments.
Hasselblad H6D-100c Pros & Cons
- A variety of sensors with a high resolution
- Modular design
- Quick control adjustments with the use of a touchscreen
- A very steep price to pay
- Larger than a full-frame camera in terms of weight