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Subject: [Leica] Hasselblad ups the ante.... 200MP images....
From: red735i at (Frank Filippone)
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 07:46:44 -0700

Not for sports or street photographers.....

The new camera, which is fitted with a traditional 50-megapixel Multi-Shot
Hasselblad sensor, will be released in the first months of 2011 at a price
yet to be determined.

"All data capture is based on some kind of sensitive sensor, of which each
pixel has been prepared with different filters," explains Hasselblad's Peter
Stig-Nielsen. "The most common pattern: in each block of four pixels, it has
2 green, one red and one blue."

He continues: "At Hasselblad we've worked for years with Multi-shot, which
moves the sensor between different shots. If you move sensor for one pixel
in one direction it generates full colour information for each pixel. And
additional half-pixel movements doubles the resolution in two directions."

Hasselblad adds that "capturing six shots with the sensor positioned
accurately at a sequence of quadrants of the basic six-micron pixel, colour
information from the Bayer-patterned pixels is used to create a 200
megapixels capture."

According to Stig-Nielsen, the camera will appeal to high-end commercial
photographers in the cars and jewellery industries, as well as for museum
photographers looking for accurate colour and high resolution to document
paintings and art treasures.

However, to achieve full resolution from edge-to-edge, photographers must
keep the camera still for 30 seconds and use one of the two newly redesigned
lenses - the 50mm and 120mm HC lenses, which feature optical constructions
optimised for the Multi-Shot technology. "The old lenses will still work,
but they will not give you full resolution from edge to edge," says
The camera is now in the final testing phase - for stability and colour
accuracy - and will be released in early 2011. All current H4D-50MS cameras
will be offered this new capture mode, but will have to send their cameras
back to the factory for calibration and firmware upgrade.

Frank Filippone
Red735i at

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