2015 was the year of Phase One with a new platform for shooting XF and the first back to 100 MP. 2016 could well be that of Hasselblad, which today unveiled a new H6D housing and two digital backs to 50 and 100 MP. What securely reposition the brand to compete. The Hasselblad H, introduced in 2002, has seen many iterations including the HxD series dedicated to digital backs. Currently, the H3D / H4D and H5D are still brand catalog with back capable of recording 31 to 60 million pixels. 200MS versions (for multishot) offer a definition of 200 megapixels combining several shots. Today the Swedish brand therefore presents a whole new shooting platform associated with two new CMOS digital backs: Series H6D.
New sensors up to 100 megapixels and video to the UHD RAW
The new range H6D comes in two versions with two different sensors:
- The H6D-50c : CMOS sensor 43.8 x 32.9 mm (same as the H5D-50c), 8272 x 6200 px;
- The H6D-100c : CMOS sensor of 53.4 x 40 mm 11 600 x 8700 px.
Both sensors are manufactured by Sony which, for the occasion, made off with much of the medium format market, the Japanese giant manufacturer probably for PhaseOne and Pentax.
MP 100 for the sensor, the manufacturer announced a dynamic 15 IL 16-bit (files larger than 600 MB), but it will be possible to use the 14-bit back to improve responsiveness, thus flexibility 'use. Burst mode increases to 2.5 fps on the 50c and 100c on the 1.5 fps. The use of CMOS sensors allows better management of electronic noise with an ISO range revised upwards: 100 to 25,600 ISO for 50c, and 100 to ISO 12 800 to 100c.
CMOS also allows the Live View screen (LiveView). Both models have a multi-touch LCD 920 000 points (7.5 cm diagonal) and refresh the screen at 30 fps. The focus peaking color is also present. It will be possible to have a video back with the Phocus Mobile application or computer. With this touch screen Hasseblad also introduces a new way to control and configure the enclosure, with a GUI brought up to date with large icons.
Video recording is invited for the first time at Hasselblad. The H6D-50c offers 1080 HD recording at 30 fps (H.264). The 100c is probably more interesting, since it offers capturing UHD (3840 x 2160 px) at 30 fps. If H.264 is used, it will be possible to record in RAW - format owner unfortunately it will take into Apple ProRes with the Phocus 3. With this feature, Hasselblad is one the few brands to offer the RAW video recording. That's pretty amazing!
The case review
For H6D, Hasselblad has thoroughly reviewed its electronics housing to provide additional processing power and responsiveness, for both the housing and the digital back. The case now has two slots for memory cards with two different formats: SD and CFast. The latter format is present to facilitate the UDH video recording.
The H6D now has a modern and very interesting connection to the video with a stereo microphone input (3.5mm), headphone output, HDMI output, an output 3 USB (type C) to transfer logged data and mode, an input and an output for the flash sync. The H6D also has a Wi-Fi chip as standard. Again, this is a first for the brand and the most recent protocols are supported (802.11 a / b / g / n - 2.4 and 5 GHz). Supply side, the H6D requires only one battery supplying both the housing and back, unlike PhaseOne system that requires two batteries.
Hasselblad take the output of H6D to update its optical park with models with fast shutters can climb to 000 1/2 s. The entire system H receives this update: housings up H5D will now trigger at 000 1/1 sec (1/800 sec against previously) and new H6D allow a trigger to 1/2 000 s. The optics have these new central shutter will be marked with a small orange square.
Phocus 3 face CaptureOne Pro 9
Behind the confrontation housings, another battle rages: that software. Indeed, PhaseOne was widely imposed in the studio shooting through his CaptureOne Pro software, which allows to remotely control many Canon and Nikon SLR plus PhaseOne back. This versatility and the quality of the images quickly conquered the photographers who now trust the brand and associated equipment. To counter this hegemony Hasseblad also present on March 1 e version of its raw file processing software and work connected mode: Phocus 3. This update draws heavily from his point of view of the competitor interface. Phocus 3 now has tools for local editing (moire, sharpening, exposure), a point highly anticipated by photographers. The software will be able to read the videos produced by the packages you can transcode videos RAW in Apple ProRes.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The H6D-50c will be available in April for suggested list price of € 23,000 excl. Naturally, a material of the buyback program is planned. So if you have an H4D-40/50, Hasselblad offers a cover of your equipment up to € 8400 for a total amount of € 14,500. The H6D-100c, it will be available in June for recommended price of € 29,000 excluding VAT. The recovery of an H4D-40/50 will equip the new housing the special price of € 19,500. Note that the recovery program also works with non-product Hasselblad camera equipment.
Hasselblad had to react to repeated attacks of its Danish competitor. This is done with the series H6D and those back at 50 and 100 MP, which come frontally oppose the PhaseOne XF IQ3-50 and 100MP. In terms of definition, the delay is filled. However, the new H6D missing some teeth to actually hold sway over its direct competitor. We would have liked an improved autofocus, or current features like HDR mode, timelapse or stacking focus as proposed. PhaseOne. On paper, the plafeforme PhaseOne XF looks a little more modern and a little more innovative (control of integrated Profoto strobes, work hyperfocal). It remains to see how the Hasselblad case behaves in production. The evolution of Phocus was also expected and is the rendezvous. Yet again, the changes are too timid and, above all, the software is still not used to control other remote enclosures, unlike CaptureOne Pro. The Hasselblad system remains essentially interesting for its more homogeneous optical park (all have a central shutter), the variety of its optical-shift (24, 28, 35, 50, 80 and 100 mm with an adapter) and quality. The video mode is probably doomed to evolve, but as is, it is still too embryonic to interest videographers. Hasselblad rates are also more accessible than some equivalent PhaseOne, including the model 100 MP, available within € 29,000 while the 100MP PhaseOne touches of the 34,000 €.