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Hasselblad joins the 100-MP club with the H6D

Create: 04/09/2016 - 14:12
Hasselblad H6D


  • Second production camera to shoot at 100-MP resolution
  • Files are recorded only in RAW and TIFF – no JPG option
  • Dual card slots for CFast and SD

Hasselblad has joined Phase One in offering a 100-MP camera with its new H6D.

The H6D has a 53.4 x 40.0mm CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 64-12,800. The 100-MP sensor creates a RAW file that is on average 120MB in size. The camera salso shoots TIFF (average 289MB file size) and two video formats. There is no JPG option, which isn’t surprising, given that this is a pro-level camera.

The H6D also is available in a 50-MP version.

Hasselblad claims the H6D has 15 stops of dynamic range and 16-bit color.

To deal with the large file sizes, the H6D has a Type 3 USB 3.0 connector for faster transfer of files. The camera has dual memory card slots – CFast and SD – and can also be tethered to a computer. A CFast memory card is required when shooting Full HD or 4K video, as well as continuous stills.

Hasselblad says the H6D has a new processor that contributes to a faster 1.5 frames per second shooting speed.

The H6D has a 3-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor that also offers Live View.

Although it is an autofocus camera, the photographer can manually focus the lens on demand without having to activate a hardware or software switch.

The H6D can use both eye- and waist-level viewfinders.

Hasselblad said it has updated its H-series lenses, which have a new shutter unit to provide a longer life, as well as a faster top speed of 1/2,000. Because these are leaf shutters, it will synchronize with an electronic flash unit at all speeds.

There are 12 H-series lenses, running from 24mm to 300mm and two zooms: 35-90mm and 50-110mm.

Hasselblad provides its Phocus image-processing software, which is compatible with Mac OSX 10.9 or later and Windows (XP through Windows 10).

If desired, a film back can be used in place of the digital back.

The weight of the camera with back, battery and 80mm lens is 4 pounds, 11 ounces (2,130 grams).

The Hasselblad H6D with the 100-MP back cost US$32,995, and US$25,995 with the 50-MP back.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.