Hasselblad announces new lineup of medium format aerial cameras

by Gannon Burgett

posted Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2:26 PM EDT

Hasselblad has announced a new lineup of medium format aerial cameras called the A5D. Sleek and simple in design, these cameras are designed for commercial and industrial applications, packing quite a punch in a small package.

The new lineup is available in three varieties: 40MP, 50MP and 60MP. Besides pixel count, the cameras are identical, capable of capturing up to 14 stops of dynamic range.

Considering one camera might not be enough for industrial applications, Hasselblad has developed a specialized sync feature, which will allow up to 8 of the cameras to be tethered together to create a single image. Hasselblad says the cameras will be able to capture images within 20 μs (microseconds) of each other, making stitching much easier.

To coincide with the new cameras, Hasselblad has also updated 9 of its H System lenses with fixed infinity focus and locking mounts to ensure the image plane and sensor stay parallel, even in bumpy conditions.

Storage is done through either an onboard CompactFlash card or external storage via Firewire 800 connection.

Back in March, Phase One announced the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera, designed with aerial photography in mind, so it’s no surprise to see Hasselblad following it up with an aerial announcement of their own.

Pricing for the A5D lineup is not yet public. Instead, you must inquire through Hasselblad’s website.

(via PetaPixel)