Hasselblad unleash new A6D 100MP medium format aerial camera

Sep 28, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Hasselblad unleash new A6D 100MP medium format aerial camera

Sep 28, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Hasselblad have updated their aerial camera system. Replacing the previous A5D 50 and 80 megapixel cameras, the new A6D 100C kicks things up one more notch.

Hasselblad do currently have a complete aerial drone platform in collaboration with DJI which contains the H6D-100C. This, more dedicated, aerial camera, though should help to extend flight time, though, due to being around 2/3rds of the weight.

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Specs-wise, it’s quite similar to the Hasselblad H6D-100C. But it loses some of the weight and adds a couple of new feature designed specifically for aerial use.

  • Sensor type : CMOS, 100mp, 11600×8700 pixels.
  • Sensor dimensions : 53.4 × 40.0mm
  • ISO sensitivity : 64-12800
  • Stills: RAW 3FR capture 211MB on average
  • Shooting modes : Single shot stills, Video
  • Colour definition : 16 bit. Dynamic range up to 15 stops
  • Colour management : Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, HNCS
  • Storage : CFast 2.0 card, SD card (UHS-I) or tethered to Mac or PC
  • Connectivity : USB3.0

Where it differs are in the focus and power options. For focus, it’s either manual or the focus is locked to infinity. This means that once in the air, it’s not going to slip. Given that you can’t exactly stream this thing to the ground anyway, this isn’t really an issue. I can’t imagine that if you’re floating this thing up in the air, you’re going to be at anything less than infinity.

For power, it takes 12-24 volts DC through a LEMO connector. As it’s for an aerial platform, and most drones capable of carrying such a camera use 4-6 cell LiPo batteries, this isn’t an issue. Each LiPo cell is 3.7v, so 4 cell is 14.8v, 6 cell is 22.2v. The weight for the camera on its own is right around 1KG. The H6D-100C, by comparison, is closer to 1.5KG. This is a significant drop in weight, which should help to extend that battery life and flight time.

As to price, one has not yet been mentioned. However, the previous generation H5D-50C is $32,295 and the H5D-80 is $40,895. So, once they get them in stock, I’d say if you walk into B&H with $60K in your pocket, you might just have enough left over for the cab ride home. As long as it’s not too far away.

If you’re still interested, though, you can find out more on the Hasselblad Website.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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8 responses to “Hasselblad unleash new A6D 100MP medium format aerial camera”

  1. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    Well yeah, you wouldnt want to take it on the bus

  2. Max Faust Avatar
    Max Faust

    This is an awesome investment for my company National Geographic Magazine

  3. Andrew Evans Avatar
    Andrew Evans

    Got a ballooning buddy whose a pro photographer with the ground based version! He spoke to me about drone photography and using one of these!

  4. Paul Conroy Avatar
    Paul Conroy

    Wayne Boardman

    1. Paul Conroy Avatar
      Paul Conroy

      Yeah just read that. If I had $60k to spend on a camera I wouldn’t be strapping it to a drone.

    2. Wayne Boardman Avatar
      Wayne Boardman

      Paul Conroy haha I know mate ??

  5. Ashwin Vyas Avatar
    Ashwin Vyas

    Joseph Parry If we pooled our resources, we might be able to afford the lens hood…