Hasselblad H4D-200MS – 200 Mega Pixel Camera

Danish Medium format camera manufacturer Hasselblad announced today the H4D-200MS – the highest resolution “consumer” level camera to date with 200 Mega Pixel output. However instead of using a 200 Mega Pixel sensor the new camera uses a special technology in the sensor to capture several images and combine them into one ultra high resolution image.

Hasselblad H4D-200MS

S uses what Hasselblad calls multi-shot technology. This technology, first demonstrated on the company’s H3DII-39MS platform back in 2008 uses small ultra precise motors around a frame which holds the camera sensor. This patented technology is known as piezo frame module and it helps move the sensor with incredible precision (equivalent to about 1 pixel).

The H4D-200MS has 3 capture modes:
·         Normal single-shot capture delivering 50 Mega Pixel resolution images of live subjects.
·         Multi-shot capture (4 shots) delivering 50 Mega Pixel high detail images of still subjects.
·         Multi-shot capture (6 shots) delivering 200 Mega Pixel ultra high detail of still subjects.
Hasselblad Multi shot (4-shot/6 shot) technology eliminates the issues that the single-shot interpolation routine can sometimes  introduce, such as moiré and color rendering issues by physically moving the sensor 1 pixel at a time, thereby capturing the red, green and blue information in each individual pixel point and then combining these captures into one. this results in a true color and moiré free capture with increased level of detail as there is no need for interpolation at all according to Hasselblad.
The H4D-200MS is available now for 32.000 Euro (plus tax). Current users of the H4D-50MS model will have the option to upgrade their systems into the new H4D-200MS for 7.000 Euro (plus tax) by sending the camera to the factory in Denmark.

TFOT covered many photography related technologies and products including: First Images of the Upcoming Sony NEX-3C,  Panasonic’s Interchangeable 3D Lens, General Imaging GE PJ1 Camera, and the 007 Micro HD Camera.


More information on the H4D-200MS can be found on the camera mini-site.
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Iddo Genuth

Iddo has a B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently writing his Ph.D. thesis on the relationship between the scientific community and industry. Iddo was awarded the 2006 Bar Hillel philosophy of science prize for his work on the relationship between science and technology. He is a member of the board of the lifeboat foundation and was the editor of several high-profile science and technology websites since 1999.

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