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Hasselblad Returns To Its Roots With New A5D Aerial Camera

By Anthony Thurston on June 5th 2015

Hasselblad has announced a return to their roots in aerial photography today with the new A5D camera. which they claim boasts the ‘ultimate’ image quality for aerial photographers.


The new A5D will be available to three different flavors for aerial photographers to choose from: 40MP, 50MP, and 60MP. Depending on the sensor you choose, the A5D will boast up to 14 stops of dynamic range. In addition to that, the A5D features a special ‘reduced footprint’ which allows for mounting on existing POD fittings.

Hasselblad A5D Spec Highlights

  • Reduced footprint designed to fit existing POD mountings
  • Up to 14 stops Dynamic range ( depending on sensor)
  • Improved external connectivity via LEMO connections for DC power, FMS and multiple camera synchronisation
  • Secure camera mounting via 4x M4 screws
  • Choice of On-board CF storage or external storage via Firewire 800 connection


I’ll admit to not knowing a lot about aerial photography, but from what I can see, this looks to be a great offering from Hasselblad for those looking for the absolute best that money can buy.

One thing worth noting though, is that the 40MP and 60MP sensor options are CCD sensors, while the 50MP option is one of those new CMOS sensors. If you want to learn more about the A5D, you can find all the details over on the Hasselblad website.

There is no price announced yet, but given the MF sensor, and the company – you can guess it will not be cheap!

What are your thoughts on the A5D? Do you see yourself adding this to your aerial photography kit? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    “Do you see yourself adding this to your aerial photography kit? ” – You;re having a laugh, aren’t you?

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  2. Jesper Ek

    I’m just not there yet…

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  3. Brian McCue

    Wow, the Hasselblad H5D-60 runs for $43k, some high quality HSD!

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