updated 12:00 pm EDT, Wed May 25, 2011
Hasselblad H4D-200MS sets camera record
Hasselblad has acted on its promise to ship a 200-megapixel camera and shipped the H4D-200MS. The medium format shooter is ultimately based on a 50-megapixel sensor but composites six shots to create the effective resolution. Its process relies on a piezoelectric motor to create the image and takes 30 seconds, leaving it best-suited to product photography and not portraits.
The camera continues to shoot at relatively modest sensitivities between ISO 50 and 800 and keeps the True Focus feature, which uses motion sensors to auto-adjust the focus after the camera is rotated for an off-center shot. Photos can still save to a Compact Flash card, although Hasselblad is recommending using its hard drive tethering feature due to the 600MB uncompressed photos at the full 200 megapixels.
Hasselblad is selling the complete camera system for the equivalent of about $45,038, or relatively close to its usual high-end cameras. Owners of the existing H4D-50MS can get an internal upgrade for the equivalent of $9,852. Most photographers typically rent cameras in this class rather than buy them. [via CNET]