updated 10:25 am EST, Fri January 26, 2007
Hasselblad unveils H3D-31
Camera maker Hasselblad today unveiled the H3D-31, a new mid-range addition to the company's line of H3D cameras. The new model is designed to strike a balance between the absolute fidelity of the flagship H3D-39 and the relatively low cost of the H3D-22, achieving its namesake 31 megapixels with a smaller 44mm x 33mm sensor as opposed to the original 48mm x 36mm lens of its 39-megapixel peer. The smaller size allows more images on a Compact Flash card or hard drive as well as a faster time to capture full-size uncompressed images with as little as 1.2 seconds between shots, according to Electronista. The H3D-31 is intended for professionals at a price of $25,000 but is priced considerably lower than the H3D-39, priced at $32,000.
Hasselblad says the new sensor provides an advantage in sensitivity not seen in other H3D cameras, as the 31 model reaches ISO 800 instead of the ISO 400 of the other models to make it a better choice over any of its fellow models for low-light photography.