Medium format drone! Hasselblad and DJI’s recent partnership bears first fruit in form of new bundle


posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 12:16 PM EST


Last November, we reported on the interesting development that DJI had bought a stake in Hasselblad. It was unclear what the exact plans were, but we speculated at that time that it might not be long before we'd see Hasselblad gear flying high in the sky. Now, just over eight months later, that's exactly what's happening.

Hasselblad and DJI are now combining two of their products into a new bundle, the Hasselblad A5D camera and the DJI M600 drone. The A5D Aerial camera was unveiled in June of 2015 and is currently available in 50 and 80-megapixel versions, although the new bundle will come with the 50-megapixel version. The A5D medium format camera eschews all moving parts to make it better-suited for aerial work and includes synchronization features to allow for eight of the cameras to be synced via bus-type cable connections. Of the dozen H System lenses, nine are available in aerial versions with specialized locking mounts designed to reduce vibration.

The DJI Matrice 600 (M600) professional-oriented drone is an immensely powerful aerial system offering Ronin-MX gimbal compatibility and numerous high-end features and design elements including being able to fly up to 33 pounds of weight, full HD live monitoring, DJI A3 flight control system and a collapsible design. This level of performance doesn't come cheap, however, as the M600 will sell for just under $4,600 when it becomes available.

DJI M600 with Hasselblad A5D Aerial camera

Pricing and availability information has not yet been disclosed for the new bundle, but will be interesting to know once available.

And in case you missed it, Hasselblad has been busy indeed. They recently unveiled the world's first mirrorless medium format camera system, the X1D, which you can read more about here.

(Seen via Amateur Photographer