Hasselblad Announces H6D-400c MS 400-Megapixel Medium Format Monster

Hasselblad announced an updated multi-shot camera based on its flagship 100c 100-megapixel, full-frame 645 CMOS sensor. The result: the Hasselbald H6D-400c MS. The 400c MS allows for a 400-megapixel image by shifting the sensor in one-pixel and half-pixel increments as it takes six shots that are then combined later for a true 400-megapixel file.

Of course, the multi-shot technology requires studio conditions and can really only be used for completely still subjects. But for genres such as product photography, the 400c MS should produce files incomparable with anything else currently on the market. The file size for each image: 2.4 GB at a resolution of 23200 x 17400.

Another four-shot mode of the camera allows for 100-megapixel captures with full-color information for each pixel (in a GRGB pattern) that the camera achieves by shifting the sensor in one-pixel increments for each shot. The result is a file that is 579 MB in size compared to the standard 16-bit 100 MP file size of roughly 200 MB per image. Needless to say, that's a lot more color data being captured each time.

Naturally, the 400c MS can also be used as a standard 100-megapixel daily shooter, in which case it acts just like its 100c counterpart.

The H6D-400c MS is available for pre-order now and will ship in March 2018 for $47,995. It will be available to rent for prices that range from $240 per day for rentals ten days or more to $475 per day for rentals three days or less.

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Usman Dawood's picture

It’s a shame they haven’t updated their lenses to take advantage of this. Looking at their examples on the website, the results look rather soft.

Hans Rosemond's picture

Serious question here: shouldn’t the lens quality not matter as much since they’re essentially taking multiple 100 MP images and stitching and not actually resolving for a 400 MP image?

Shaun Whitson's picture

Since I believe that is the case, couldn't one simply take 12 photos with a medium format such as the Pentax 645z or the Fuji GFX and stack them to create a composite using Photoshop etc? I believe these technologies are somewhat overrated and for that feature to be the main selling point is a bad thing.

Mathias Elmeskog's picture

You will still have interpolated color though. Pixel array size is not equivalent to image and color quality. This will affect texture accuracy and color integrity.

Shaun Whitson's picture

If one doesn't use a tripod it should have the same effect as I understand it. At the very least I do not believe this feature alone makes it worth over $10k more than the 100c. https://petapixel.com/2015/02/21/a-practical-guide-to-creating-superreso...

Mathias Elmeskog's picture

Since the movement is in subpixel resolution shooting with a tripod is required. But as I mentioned eariler the fact that you create a larger pixel array does not necessarily mean better image quality. For example will a 4-shot 100Mpix have better real resolution and color integrity than a 100Mpix image stack.

Shaun Whitson's picture

This feature requires you to use a tripod. However, the method I am suggesting is effective without a tripod. The slight hand holding movement of the camera effectively shifts the sensor. In some cases I would say it may look better. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-GbuXU8YMQ

Shaun Whitson's picture

It would give comparable results. I also agree that the perceived MP will be lower than 400 due to the lenses available.

Usman Dawood's picture

It does because their current lens line isn't even good enough for their 100mp back. They claim they're rated up to and beyond 100mp but I have no idea how they justify that claim. If you use them and compare them to inexpensive full frame lenses you'll see how badly they perform. They're quite possibly some of the worst lenses I've used in a very long time.

Phase One updated all of their lenses to the blue ring and you can see a proper difference in the new lenses performance and Hasselblad need to do the same because so far they've just rehoused the same optics.

I shoot the Hassy lenses on my 60mp back all day, and have found them incredibly sharp. What I haven't done is compare them 1-1 to the Phase lenses bc I don't own a P1 system.

barry cash's picture

Agree they need to have some new glass but the current image resolution from the current glass is very sharp, if one knows how to properly focus the lens and sharpen final images.

P1 might have used their software to hand off a sharper image either the output from the sensor or from Capture ONE but I assure you that the images focused tethered through PHOCUS and sharpened are as sharp as one would want. Especially for skin you wouldn't want it any sharper.
Where I don't agree is that "Phase One updated ALL of their lenses to the blue ring and you can see a proper difference in the new lenses performance" The ALL cant be true!

Usman Dawood's picture

Ok so "all" was an exaggeration or inaccurate, I should have said most or many lol.

I've tested and used both systems and the Hassy system quite extensively. Their lenses really do suck. Any image looked at individually can be described as sharp but everything is relative and when you compare hassy to any half decent lens the hassy lenses look terrible.

Jon Wolding's picture

400MP is impressive.
But I do have some technical questions...

From Hasselblad's website:
"These 6 captures are then combined to give the equivalent of a single 400MP capture, delivering a 16-bit Tiff file size of 2.4GB per frame (23200 x 17400 pixels), giving the ultimate in image resolution."

1. Is there a downside to the final composite image being a TIFF?
2. Will you lose certain RAW adjustments (CAC, lens correction, etc.)?
3. Is dynamic range affected?
4. Is WB and color adjustment limited?

Mathias Elmeskog's picture

Hi!
1. The captured image will be in a lossless compressed raw format (*.fff). The TIFF here is what is exported from the Phocus software.
2. No
3. No
4. No

Best regards,

Ariel Martini's picture

good to see that hasselblad still make real cameras

Alex Cooke's picture

Brb, buying $10k in RAM.

I'm going to edit it with Lightroom Mobile on my phone for convenience

Hans Rosemond's picture

My Instagram photos will be sick with dis.

Hasselblad must be partnering with Apple as only the maxed out new iMac Pro could handle the bloody files!

Leigh Smith's picture

Or a mid grade PC

Sean Gibson's picture

That makes my head hurt.

Adam Ottke's picture

To be fair, what they're doing with multi-shot (and what they've always done with previous multi-shot backs) is totally different than image stacking or compared to using a Foveon sensor. There's a reason product photographers use these. The level of detail is real. Might some wish they could get 400MP in ONE shot? Sure. But they'd be paying a LOT more for that (not to mention it doesn't exist yet in terms of compact processing power or sensor manufacturing), and this current tech serves a very real market that appreciates it.

In 2018, those prices are idiotic for a digital camera