Hasselblad’s New H5D-200c Multi-Shot Spits Out Massive 200-Megapixel Files


Fair warning: your brain’s buffer might have a hard time processing this one. Following in the multi-shot heritage of the old CCD H5D-200MS, Hasselblad has released a CMOS version of the multi-shot behemoth. And like its older brother, it can spit out gargantuan 200MP files thanks to Hassy’s proprietary Multi-Shot technology that combines as many as 6 shots into one.

Announced 5 hours ago over Instagram of all things, the H5D-200c is not for the faint of hard drive. It uses the same sensor as the H5D-50c, only this back can shoot 4 or 6 images and combine them in such a way that it yields 200-megapixel, 600MB 8-bit TIFF files.

The photo below (click here for higher res) shows you how much of a difference those extra shots actually make.


Since this is a CMOS based system, you can also shoot exposures of up to 12 minutes and crank the ISO as high as 6400. What will emerge on the other end, Hasselblad claims, represents “the most accurate colour rendering and resolution available on the market today in the medium format.”

You can now clean the copious amounts of drool off your keyboard, and click here for more info from Hassy themselves.

(via Fstoppers)

  • whoopn

    Or you could take as many shots as you’d like in 16bit RAW, pull them onto your computer and then use photoshop or other applications to stitch them together and have 16bit files still when you’re done…seems rather gimicky for such an expensive camera.

  • Dylan Cyr

    Does it tile the photos, or does it take multiple shots of the same framing and sharpen them up based on the multiple exposures?

  • Gvido MÅ«rnieks

    Gimmick? What are you talking about?

    To get that 200mp resolution from 50mp sensor – it takes multiple shots and slightly shift the sensor for each one.

  • Christopher Moore

    Technically the sensor moves half a pixel in each direction to gather more information

  • Joe Dyndale

    Doesn’t really seem fair to compare two images at 200% with one (the one you’re selling) at 100%. So I suppose there’s a typo in the picture caption? The right-most photo is at 200% as well?

  • Thomas LECAT

    Isn’t the one on the right a 200 megapixels photo ? (vs 50 for the others ?)
    In this case, it would make sens to have a different “zoom” value.

  • keriboi

    Lots of CA comes in

  • veraguas

    Ok, the files are good but the display? Hasselblad says:
    Colour display is a 3 inch TFT type, 24 bit colour with 460 x 320 pixels resolution.

  • Edgar Allan Bro

    I am sure Hassy will be upset that you won’t be buying their camera that you can’t afford anyway.

  • Dawkins

    Nobody cares about the display. When working with these cameras, 90% of the times, you work tethered to a computer and a portable device. What hasselblad doesn’t understand is that the reason people don’t buy their digital backs and prefer phase one backs is that Capture One has become industry standard. Until HB decide to open compatibility with Capture One, their backs will stay second place and people will still only use their bodies with Capture One backs.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    that would be 441,600 dots. pretty pathetic.

  • JohnPooley3

    8 bit TIFF? How utterly dissappointing…

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    shame it can only be used on stationary subjects or not only will you lose all that extra resolution to any movement between the 6 shots, you’ll actually get several times the motion blur of a single shot. there would also be issues with using flash.

  • Vin Weathermon

    They assume you are a photographer.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Yeah, I think it is a typo

  • Guest

    I would think there is still a dependency on proper shutter speed and of course in studio sync’d with a leaf shutter can sync very fast. Moving subject would be ok don’t you think at the proper shutter speed? Assuming these are all shot “at once”?

  • Vin Weathermon

    If it was a leaf shutter and sync’d with flash very fast it would be OK I suppose…but yeah…

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    6 shots with 1 sensor in 6 slightly different positions, simultaneously? not possible. it’s 6 exposures one after another, so about 6 times the motion blur as a single exposure.

  • micksh

    Looks like the right photo in the crop series (6-shot at 100%) has lots of sharpening artifacts.

    Look at the left side, in the middle. The orange paint has lots of noise in the shadow area. They most likely sharpened it more than the other shots.

    The single shot probably wouldn’t be that bad in comparison if they applied similar sharpening, except for moire on the metal grid.

  • Derek

    Why is the 1-shot image so blurred? 200% zoom should only pixelize it, right? Not to mention the color fringing…

    How about a comparison with some other medium format or even full frame photos vs the 1-shot image above?

    P.S. I’m not a “photophile” so take my opinion lightly

  • whoopn

    And that doesn’t seem like a gimmick to you? They stitch together 4 shots and then hand you a file with 8 bit color…it’s the definition of gimmick in the photography world. You’re enamored with the 200MP number, anyone can stitch together some photos and get 200MP but it takes a super expensive camera to throw out nearly all of the your color data while doing so.

  • whoopn

    *That most can’t afford.

    If you’re going for MPs then buy a D800 and stitch those together. You can buy four D800 for less.

    Now if you’re going for ease and simplicity then the gimmick is a neat trick but nothing more.

  • GPH Visual Artist

    These aren’t cameras used for street photography or snap-shots of kids in the playground. They are designed to suit a specific purpose of photography.

  • ohm image

    The beauty of a medium format back is that you can put it on any compatible camera, leaf or no leaf.

  • ohm image

    The Hassy system is perfect for still life photographers. Yes, you can stitch multiple shots from non-moving sensors, but you can’t accurately do that through a depth-stitched photograph. This system allows 100% repeatable results for single 200megapixel images that then can be stitched for depth to create immaculate advertising enlargements.

  • ohm image

    Again, anyone _can_ stitch photos for a single-layer composite. But if you work in controlled lighting and need, say, 200 megapixels per depth layer, you need 100% repeatable results.

    This is NOT a camera for everyone. It is for advertising professionals, and to that end, it seems to do its job. What Hasselblad need to do is build in WiFi and image preview for portable devices without need to go through computer. If that functionality were available today, I’d purchase this tomorrow.

  • Mike

    The blur comes from the method used for upsampling. The “worst” method would have indeed caused sharp pixelization.

  • Mike

    What’s your next issue? No flippy screen? No built in flash?

  • Mike

    Yep, it’s 200% using the multi shot method.

  • AliNoorani

    dude, obviously you don’t understand this 6 shot. this is no stitching or panorama you know of !
    since when can you use photoshop to “stitch” slightly different pixels to create a sharper image? :))

  • Paul-Simon

    Good screens are actually extremely welcome when working in places where it’s impractical to tether to a computer.
    There’s absolutely no reason why a camera as expensive as this would not have a good screen. Even cheap modern phones ($90) come with brilliant and bright 1280 x 720 IPS screens.

  • Paul-Simon

    Is that supposed to be an argument?

  • Vin Weathermon

    No. But we can make it one. If you are a commercial photographer (spending this kind of $$), you are skilled at lighting using your light meter/flashmeter, are typically tethered for your art director to review while you shoot so you know when you can stop shooting. If you can’t take good composed, well exposed images with this camera I doubt if that super amoled display found on the lesser cameras will save you. Snarky, I know…but think of the market for this camera.

  • Bill Cahill

    Its not a gimmick this has been around for years, taken from the days when multishot was standard digital capture. The images aren’t stitched together, the chip is moved 1/2 pixel to capture the information in-between the pixels. Obviously you don’t know what you are talking about.