High-end Swedish camera manufacturer Hasselblad has announced the H6D-400c, a mammoth 400-megapixel camera – and it’s set to retail for an eye-watering £36,250 ($47,995) when it hits the shelves worldwide in March.
To generate a 400-megapixel picture, the H6D-400c utilises Hasselblad’s Multi-Shot technology to snap four 100-megapixel stills, shifting the sensor by one pixel for each capture. It then takes two more images, moving the sensor by half a pixel.
Finally, the system combines all six stills to form a single 400-megapixel (23,200 x 17,400 pixel) 16-bit TIFF image that weighs in at 2.4GB – so don’t expect to be able to shoot in burst mode whilst on-the-go.
It would be nigh on impossible to do so, in fact, as the H6D-400c has to be tethered to a computer when shooting a 400-megapixel image – the body itself doesn’t have enough power to process the shots without some assistance.
“This new camera encompasses all of the technological functions of Hasselblad’s H6D single shot camera, and adds to that the resolution and colour fidelity leaps that only Multi-Shot photography can bring to image capture,” gushes Hasselblad introducing the camera.
It all sounds like mouthwatering stuff, but the sky-high pricing means it’ll probably be restricted to extremely wealthy enthusiasts and serious pros – there are places you can currently buy a three bedroom terraced house for less.
However, if you do want to get a taste of some serious high-spec shooting, you’ll also be able to rent one from your local Hasselblad outlet for the relatively sane price of €399 (~£350).
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