PIXEL PUSHER

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Talk about some New Year’s res­o­lu­tion. Has­sel­blad shocked the cam­era in­dus­try in Jan­uary by in­tro­duc­ing the H6D-400C MS multi-shot medium for­mat dig­i­tal cam­era, which can shoot 100MP im­ages in the sin­gle or four-shot mode, and gi­gan­tic 400MP files in its six-shot mode. In the cam­era’s four-shot mode, red, green, and blue in­for­ma­tion is cap­tured sep­a­rately by mov­ing the sen­sor one pixel at a time. A sim­i­lar process oc­curs when shoot­ing in the six-shot mode, with the sen­sor mov­ing an ex­tra one-half pixel in both direc­tions. You also may be won­der­ing why any­one needs 400MP im­ages (and per­haps whether you have the pro­cess­ing power and stor­age ca­pac­ity to deal with these huge files). In fact, multi-shot cap­ture has be­come a thing lately, and Has­sel­blad notes the po­ten­tial of this tech­nol­ogy for “defin­ing sub­tle nu­ances and cap­tur­ing de­tail with­out moiré” when pho­tograph­ing sub­jects like “fine cars, del­i­cate fab­rics, or shim­mer­ing di­a­monds.” Speak­ing of di­a­monds, the H6D-400C MS costs about as much as the rock on a celebrity’s en­gage­ment ring. But un­like a di­a­mond ring, this new Has­sel­blad multi-shooter can be used for some­thing im­por­tant: cap­tur­ing gor­geous im­ages with mas­sive amounts of de­tail. Has­sel­blad H6D-400C MS $47,995 has­sel­blad.com

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