If you thought the images rolling off the Hasselblad H5D 50c‘s 50-megapixel CMOS image sensor were impressive, the company is out to top itself with the new H5D-200c MS, a medium format camera that promises to forge a 200-megapixel image using the company’s multi-shot technology.
The H5D-200c MS uses a 50-megapixel CMOS image sensor measuring in at 43.8 x 32.9mm. The sensor is mounted onto Hasselblad’s symmetrical multi-shot frame, which positions the sensor using piezo-electrical actuators. According to Hasselblad, the multi-shot frame “capture six shots with the sensor positioned accurately at a sequence of quadrants of the pixel and takes color information from the Bayer-patterned pixels to create a 200-megapixel capture.” Hasselblad claims this approach eliminates moire and color rendering issues because red, green and blue information is captured in each individual pixel and then combined into a single image.
The resulting 16-bit RAW images produce file sizes as large as 400MB and 8-bit TIF files that can balloon to 600MB in size (that sound you heard was hard drive makers rejoicing). Single and four shot options will produce smaller files than the maximum six shot option, but the smallest 16-Bit RAW file will still consume 75MB of space on your CompactFlash card.
Some other highlights of the H5D-200c MS include:
- ISO range from 100 to 6400
- 1.5 frames per second capture rate
- shutter speeds up to 12 minutes
- 14 stops of dynamic range
- 3-inch LCD (24-bit color, 460 x 320 pixels)