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Hasselblad pushes resolution limits with their new 400MP multi-shot camera

By Marcus Wong - on 3 Feb 2018, 10:19am

Can you have too many megapixels?

Hasselblad’s latest multi-shot camera – the H6D-400c – produces 400MP images by using sensor-shift technology to combine six exposures to get a single image measuring 23200 x 17400 pixels. For reference, that gives you a print that measures over 77x58” (195.58 x 147.32 cm) at 300dpi!

As you can see from the image below, the 400MP multi-shoot mode works by first taking four captures, moving the sensor one pixel at a time to get real color data. Two more captures are then taken by moving the sensor 1/2 pixel horizontally and 1/2 pixel vertically, and the six captures are then combined to give the equivalent of a single 400MP capture. 

The final image you get from this process is a 2.3GB 16-bit TIFF, so you’ll certainly want a speedy computer for a smoother workflow. The camera takes both CFast and SD cards, uses USB 3.0 Type-C for tethered shooting and live view, and features a 3” high definition rear display with touch that boasts a 920K dot resolution. It’s also able to capture UHD 4K video in Hasselblad’s proprietary RAW video format if you’re so inclined.

The next set of images come from the Hasselblad site, and give you an idea of the amount of detail you can capture.

Full capture

Max crop.

Hasselblad says the camera is perfect for capturing fine cars, artworks, delicate fabrics or diamonds, and that it will be available to rent through local representatives at the following rates:

Day 1- 3: €399/day

Day 4- 6: €319/day

Day 7- 9: €269/day

Day 10 and up: €199/day

Dpreview also reports that the H6D-400c MS will begin shipping in March 2018 with a MSRP of € 39,999 / $ 47,995 / £ 36,250 / RMB 319,999 / JPY 5,391,380 excluding taxes.

Pre-orders start from January 16th, and you can find out more from the video below.

Sources: Dpreview, Hasselblad

Note: This article was first published on 17th January 2018.