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Hasselblad H6D 100c 50c Sample Photos

We go hands-on with the new Hasselblad H6D 100c and 50c and take a number of shots with the 50 megapixel H6D 50c.

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Hasselblad H6D 50c (9)

The Hasselblad H6D 50c and 100c are Hasselblad's latest medium format Digital SLRs, featuring 50 megapixel and 100 megapixel sensors respectively, as well as a completely new electronic platform, that brings with it a host of modern features including a touch-screen, Wi-Fi, USB3.0 and even 4K video. We went hands-on to find out more about them.

Hasselblad H6D Features

Hasselblad H6D 100c (1)

Introduced in two versions, with the first camera, the H6D-50c featuring a 50 megapixel sensor, and the second version, the H6D-100c, featured a 100 megapixel sensor, the new Hasselblad H6D has been developed with a completely new electronic platform, a new sensor, USB3.0, increased ISO range, a new touch-screen, dual card slots (CFast and SD), built in Wi-Fi and 4K video recording on the 100c.

The Hasselblad H6D, and the H5D before it, features a modular design so that you can customise the camera to your own personal needs, for example, you can choose the viewfinder option, the lens and the back of the camera. Hasselblad also offers an upgrade option of upgrading to the 100c, if you first bought the 50c, and then later wanted to upgrade.

Hasselblad H6D 100c (3)

The H6D-100c features a 100 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of recording up to 15 stops of dynamic range, while the H6D-50c features a 50 megapixel CMOS sensor capable of recording up to 14 stops of dynamic range. With such large image resolutions, the files size is also particularly large, with the 50c taking 65MB raw (3FR, lossless compressed) files, and the 100c taking 120MB raw (3FR, lossless compressed) files.

Hasselblad H6D-100c Key Features

  • 100 megapixel CMOS sensor (53.4x40.0mm)
  • 11600x8700 pixel images
  • ISO64 to ISO12800
  • 4K UHD video recording

Hasselblad H6D-50c Key Features

  • 50 megapixel CMOS sensor (43.8x32.9mm)
  • 8272x6200 pixel images
  • ISO100 to ISO6400
  • Upto 2.5fps continuous shooting
  • FullHD video recording

Both cameras offer shutter speeds from 60 minutes to 1/2000th of a second, an increased ISO range, faster shooting rate, Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB3.0 Type-C, dual card slots (CFast and SD) and are compatible with the H lens range. The cameras also come with audio ports, including a headphone and microphone socket. With a new processing engine, the cameras can now process data more quickly, and the H6D-50c can shoot at up to 2.5fps, compared to the H5D-50c which could only shoot at 1.5fps.

Wi-Fi can be used to preview shots wirelessly using the Phocus Mobile app on iOS devices. Phocus 3.0, which is Hasselblad's free image processing software, has been updated and includes auto moire detection, with correction options that can be applied to the whole image or to specific areas using the brush tool. 

We were recently at an event with Broncolor with the new Siros L battery powered monoblock lighting system, where we were able to shoot with the new Hasselblad H6D-50c and got hands-on with the H6D-100c as well. Both cameras feature the same body and design, with the difference being found in the sensor used in the camera. 

Hasselblad H6D 100c (7)
 

Hasselblad H6D Handling

Hasselblad H6D 100c (13)

The Hasselblad H6D now features a yellow shutter release button, and the buttons around the LCD panel have been updated so that there is a dedicated WB, AF, and ISO button, and the buttons on the right-hand side have also been updated with menu / video, playback / light, user / power buttons. The other controls that can be reached with your thumb remain the same, and the command wheels are also in familiar positions.

The True Focus button can be used to maintain focus even after you've focused and then re-composed your shot, for example when taking portrait photos and focusing on the subject's eye. 

Hasselblad list the weight of the cameras as 2115g (50c) and 2130g (100c) with the HC80 lens, battery and memory card, or 1640g (50c) and 1655g (100c) with the lens of the weight taken off, so the cameras aren't particularly light, but they also aren't much heavier than a professional DSLR such as the Nikon D5 or Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Other medium format cameras include the 50mp Pentax 645Z, at 1480g, and the Phase One XF100, which weighs in at 1390g (with viewfinder).

Hasselblad H6D 100c (10)

Despite the large size, the ergonomics of the camera are excellent, with a large rubberised handgrip, that is also the battery unit for the camera. The optical viewfinder is particularly large, and the version we used on this camera includes a built-in pop-up flash. 

Hasselblad H6D 100c Card Slots

The side ports have been updated, and now include microphone and headphone sockets, as well as HDMI, power and flash sync sockets. On the other side of the camera, on the right-hand side, behind the grip, you can find the memory card compartment, with both a CFast slot and an SD memory card slot. The cover is weather sealed. 

Hasselblad H6D 50c (1)

The camera features a 3-inch touchscreen with 920K dots, with main menu, photo, video, and settings options. You can use the touch-screen to scroll through options easily and quickly and the text is large, clear, and easy to read. It's also easy to scroll through photos in playback mode. 

Hasselblad H6D-100c Photos of Equipment

The buttons on the back, under the screen are also noticeably neater and more modern compared to the H5D, and the metal border around the rear panel is a pleasing and stylish touch.

Software Tethering

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You can shoot to a memory card in the camera, or directly to Phocus 3.0 when tethered to your computer. The updated version of Phocus 3.0 was released at the same time as the Hasselblad H6D in order to support the new cameras and makes it easy to quickly change settings, either to individual photos or to batch process raw files. 

 

Hasselblad H6D Performance

We were able to take a number of sample photos ourselves with the H6D-50c and unfortunately were unable to shoot with the H6D-100c, which is due to be released later in the year. Hasselblad has also provided a number of additional sample photos taken with the H6D-50c. You can view the full-size sample photos at their full resolution by clicking the "High Res" button under each image.

Pixel Level Detail 100percent (Unedited)
Pixel Level Detail - View at 100percent (1024 pixel crop, unedited) - From Montana 1

As you can see from viewing the images at 100 percent, it's possible to get impressive levels of detail and sharpness from the cameras. The crop shown above, is at 100%, as long as your browser window is wide enough - if not, simply click the image to view the image full size.

Hasselblad H6D-50c Sample Photos

Hasselblad H6D-50c Other sample images

We will be adding additional sample photos shot with the Hasselblad H6D as soon as possible, along with spending more time with the H6D to give more information on this new and impressive camera. 

Comparison Table

Hasselblad H6D-100cHasselblad H6D-50c
ManufacturerHasselbladHasselblad
Lens
Effective MagnificationNo Data0.8x
Image Sensor
Pixels100Mp (Megapixels)50Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)116008272
Pixels (H)87006200
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeMedium FormatMedium Format
Sensor Size (width)53.4mm43.8mm
Sensor Size (height)40mm32.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 4:3
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in
Screen resolution920K920k
Touch ScreenYesYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • True Focus
  • Manual
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Centre
  • True Focus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest3600sec3600sec
Bulb modeYesYes
Exp modes
  • Manual
  • Manual
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity64 - 12800100 - 6400
White balance
      Exposure CompNo DataNo Data
      Shooting Options
      Continuous shootingNo Data2.3fps
      Video
      Movie modeYesYes
      Video Resolution
      • 1920x1080 FullHD
      • 4K
      • 1920x1080 FullHD
      Video FPS30, 25fps30, 25fps
      Stereo SoundNo DataNo Data
      Optical Zoom with VideoNo DataNo Data
      Other Features
      Image StabilisationNoNo
      Interface
      HDMIYesYes
      USBUSB 3USB 3
      Wi-FiYesYes
      Storage
      Card Type
      • SD
      • CFast
      • SDHC
      • SDXC
      • SD
      • SDHC
      • SDXC
      • CFast
      File Type
      • RAW
      • TIFF
      • RAW + JPG
      • RAW
      • RAW + JPG
      • TIFF
      Power Source
      Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2 VDC/3200 mAh)Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2 VDC/3200 mAh)
      Battery Life (CIPA rating)No DataNo Data
      Box Contents
      Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
      Dimensions
      Weight1655g1640g
      Width153mm153mm
      Height131mm131mm
      Depth205mm205mm
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      *Dimensions shown for complete camera with HC 80 mm lens.

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      Photographs taken using the Hasselblad H6D-100c

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      Comments


      Nigeyboy 11 927 United Kingdom
      25 May 2016 6:08PM
      Hmmmm - no price info . . . . . . I guess if you have to ask, you can't afford it!!

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      meuvoy 5 5 Brazil
      25 May 2016 9:35PM

      Quote:Hmmmm - no price info . . . . . . I guess if you have to ask, you can't afford it!!


      That's Exactly what "Hasselblad" means!
      Nigeyboy 11 927 United Kingdom
      26 May 2016 8:28AM

      Quote:That's Exactly what "Hasselblad" means!


      Hasselblad - from the Latin for "this will cost you your soul"!!
      lemmy 12 2.8k United Kingdom
      26 May 2016 12:04PM
      Having used film Hasselblads in and out of my studio for many years and earned a lot of money with them I can say that whatever they cost, they are worth every penny. The finest cameras ever made in my opinion.

      I did a pic of a couple of singers, Chas and Dave, they wanted a 10 foot portrait of them for a pub they had bought. On the Hasselblad, no problem. I bought a Hasselblad after I had done my first job for a big book publisher and the art director came into the studio, took one look at my Nikons and remarked , "oh, we've hired a busker, eh"? He was right and I knew it.

      I shot a portrait of Jenny Agutter with a background of greenery in the Barbican Centre on the Hasselblad with 250mm lens. The Daily Mail bought it from me as a centre spread. It appealed to the picture editor because of the sheer quality of the 20x16 print I showcased and the beautiful out of focus background. With the Hasselblad, you can choose your background diffusion, even with a full length shot from 6 metres away. I get quite carried away when I see these digital versions. But what use would I have for such quality now? I don't even need the quality available from my GX8 Panasonic for display on screen or tiddly little 12 inch prints.

      Even so, I thought of asking Joshua if the camera could be 'lost in transit' somewhere, nod nod, wink wink. But he'd only say no Wink

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