DJI and Hasselblad Teamed Up to Create an Aerial Photography Powerhouse

DJI and Hasselblad Teamed Up to Create an Aerial Photography Powerhouse

I really thought I was the cool kid on the block with my DJI Phantom 4; then DJI got together with Hasselblad to make this 50-megapixel, medium format monster. I'm no longer the cool kid on the block.

Combining the Matrice 600 Hexacopter with the Hasselblad A5D-50c, the combination features a modified HC 50mm f/3.5 II lens with focus permanently fixed at infinity. The A5D-50c was developed specifically for aerial applications and features a smaller and lighter body and tighter sealing to protect against dust, which is particularly pertinent to industrial applications, where this combination is aimed for. 

The Matrice 600 integrates with the A3 Flight Controller and uses the Lightbridge 2 transmission system. The drone also features dust-proof propulsion and actively cooled motors for extended operation, along with the Ronix MX gimbal, which can support up to 10 lbs. Powered by six Intelligent Flight Batteries and augmented by a five-kilometer flight range, the entire combo looks to be an uncompromising powerhouse. The fine level of resolution makes it suited to industrial uses, such as the inspection of wind turbines or the like, where the ability to zoom in and still retain detail is very important. Pricing is not yet available.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Maybe we should do a comparison review:

Who gets which drone? :)

You've got a great idea for a horror movie right there.

Pricing on B&H is showing $26000, not bad but if you're spending that much you'd probably go with the phase one 100mpix industrial cameras

This makes no sense, you can fly a D810 and pro lens of choice on an M600 for ~$12k. Why spend over double that for a few extra pixels and the Hassy name? Oh you could also swap out a Sony A6300 or GH4 and now fly the same M600 with 4K video...