Hasselblad has announced the 100-megapixel A6D-100c, which impressively builds on the company’s advanced camera systems for aerial photography. Among the new medium-format camera’s features is the ability for eight bodies to be synchronized within 20 microseconds, and the only accessory is a bus-type cable connection between the cameras. This means no issues in post caused by un-synchronized shots. The camera has a 15-stop dynamic range and shoots 16-bit RAW images, with an ISO range of 64-12,800 and an improved exposure time of up to 1/4000 sec.
As for optics, nine H System leaf-shutter lenses in aerial versions are compatible with the A6D-100c, featuring secure locking mounts to minimize vibration and flexing, which guarantees the image plane and sensor remain parallel. Focal-length range is 24mm to 300mm, with a horizontal field of view of 96° to 10.2° in most applications. Additionally, the leaf-shutter lenses allow for compensation of ground speed, as well as the roll and pitch of the plane.
The A6D-100c can be configured with or without an infrared filter. Hasselblad also offers a Phocus Software Developers Kit for full control of the camera and image processing from the photographer’s own software. The camera utilizes CFast2.0 storage (500+ Mb/sec.), with capacity up to 512 GB. The external storage interface is via a locked USB 3.0 Type C connection.
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See the press release below:
Gothenburg May 17th 2017
Hasselblad Introduces a 100 Megapixel Aerial Camera System
Aerial photography delivers better results today than ever before and Hasselblad continues to grow its presence in the market, introducing more advanced products and applications for the aerial photographic industry. This is reflected in the Hasselblad A6D-100c, the latest evolution of Hasselblad aerial cameras.
Hasselblad cameras are developed by building on the shoulders of the previous generation of models which enables all of the prior advancements and branch-demanding features to be automatically included. This process allows Hasselblad to continually enhance and develop models. The A6D heralds a technological improvement that is noticeably greater than earlier generations.
The A6D Aerial camera includes a feature that allows up to eight cameras to be synchronized within 20 μs. A simple bus-type cable connection is required between all cameras in the set-up. This feature completely eliminates any issues in post-production caused by un-synchronized exposures.
Product Manager Bjarne Hjörlund commented, “Available in 100 megapixel resolutions, the A6D camera combines the world’s best optics and sensors with a modern, compact design, resulting in a system that will ensure you attain the highest possible image quality. Hasselblad aerial cameras provide a range of important features that help deliver your imaging requirements”.
Nine H System lenses are available in aerial versions with secure locking mounts to minimize vibration and flexing which guarantees the image plane and sensor stay parallel at all times. These units ship with their focus precisely adjusted and fixed at infinity. The focal length range from 24 to 300mm of these lenses results in a horizontal AFOV of 96° to 10.2° covering most applications. The new generation of leaf shutters for the H lenses has an extended lifetime, which ensures reliability during flight.
In addition, the exposure time for the aerial lenses has been improved up to 1/4000 of a second, for sharp and crisp images. Traditionally, FMC systems typically only compensate for movement in a single direction, but the fast leaf shutter-based exposure time can both compensate for ground speed and the roll and pitch of the plane.
Near Infra-Red Photography
The A6D camera is available with or without Infra-Red filter for infra-red captures from 750nm to 1000nm to serve the needs of aerial analysis, such as environment surveying and crop management. NDVI, CIR and NIR imaging is possible with third party software.
Phocus SDK by Hasselblad
To facilitate the development of user specific software, Hasselblad offers a complete Software Developers Kit (SDK) which allows full control of camera and image processing from the user’s own software. To quickly get started using the A6D aerial cameras for photography, Hasselblad has created a simple but effective PC sample application which can capture and store RAW files coming from the camera. All source code for this application is supplied to allow the user to adapt to special individual requirements.
Technical Data Sheet:
- Medium format 100 Megapixel resolution
- The A6D Aerial includes a feature that allows up to 8 cameras to be synchronized within 20 μs.
- 9 of the H System lenses are available in aerial versions
- The exposure time for the aerial lenses is increased up to 1/4000 of a second
- The A6D camera is available with or without Infra-Red filter to allow infra-red captures from 750nm to 1000nm
- Reduced foot print designed to fit existing POD mountings
- Up to 15 stops Dynamic
- Improved external connectivity via stable LEMO connections
- Fits plane power with a power requirement of 12 – 24 volt DC
- FMS and multiple camera synchronization
- Secure camera mounting via 4 x M4 screws
- Lens locking mechanism with additional lens protector
- Onboard fast 500+ Mbytes/sec CFast2.0 storage with a capacity of up to 512 GByte
- External storage interface via locked USB3.0 type C-connection
- Fully mechanically fixed system to minimize effects of vibrations
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Founded in 1941, Hasselblad is the leading manufacturer of medium format cameras and lenses. Made in Sweden, Hasselblad cameras are renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, uncompromising image quality and Swedish craftsmanship. For over half a century Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world’s most iconic images – including the first landing on the moon – and helped shape the way we look at the world through genuine photographic artistry. Trusted by NASA and used by the greatest photographers in the world, Hasselblad continues to create products with uncompromising image quality that inspire.
The Hasselblad H Camera System with its professional lens family and unique advancements is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive digital camera system of its kind available today. Hasselblad was the first to launch the fully integrated medium format camera system incorporating the latest in CMOS sensor technology. In 2016 Hasselblad launched the H6D, a technological feat with an all new electronic platform, delivering superior craftsmanship and image quality. Later the same year, Hasselblad introduced the world’s first mirrorless digital medium format camera – the X1D.
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