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Hasselblad Takes Megapixels To A Whole New Level With New 200MP H5D-200c MS

By Anthony Thurston on August 20th 2014

It seems not all that long ago that Sony’s 50MP CMOS sensor took the medium format market by storm, and Hasselblad’s 50MP H5D-50c MS was just the tip of the iceberg. Today on the company’s Instagram profile they announced their next CMOS monster, the 200MP H5D-200c MS. Yes, you read that correctly, this is a 200 megapixel monster, roughly 5 times the amount of pixels in the beastly (by DSLR standards) Nikon D810. You think Nikon D810 RAW files are large? This Hasselblad H5D-200c MS produces 600MB 8bit TIFF files when shot at max resolution. If you want one, you had better invest in a small NAS (Network Attached Storage) server farm. hassey-200c-ms *It is worth noting, this is STILL just that 50MP Sony sensor, but with Hasselblad’s multi-shot technology, it produces images that would equal that of 200MP. *

Hasselblad H5D-200c Specs


  • 50 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0″ 24-Bit Color LCD w/ 460,320 Pixels
  • True Focus II and Focus Confirm
  • 16-Bit Color Definition
  • Hasselblad RAW 3FR File Format
  • 200MP Multi-Shot Technology
  • Compatible with H-System Components
  • DAC Automated Lens Correction System

This is a crazy amount of power in one camera. No word yet on pricing, but I am just going to go ahead a guess that it is likely $45,000-$50,000. I can’t ever imagine spending that much on a piece of my kit, nor ever needing/using a 200MP image. That said, there are those of you out there who may, and for you, this must be mouthwatering! You can learn more about the H5D-200c MS over on the Hasselblad website.


What are your thoughts on this new Hasselblad H5D-200c MS? Can you imagine the storage needed to work with 200MP files? Leave a comment below!

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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. Michael Moe

    wow amazing!

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  2. Brian Drumm

    See, told ya size matters, ha. This is CRAZY! In 2020 we’re gona have 2,000MP cameras and phone will be the size of lap top computers.

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  3. Sean John Zanderecza

    is this a “whose is bigger?” game? -_-
    i’m mainly curious who are they gonna try to market it for? :P

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    • Stan Rogers

      Uh, the same people who were using the existing 200MP back, but want to reduce the number of flash packs needed/use hot lights that don’t vaporize the planet/speed up recycling? Yes, there might be a worldwide market for a couple hundred of these, max (I mean a legitimate market, not a camera club/internet bragging rights market), but for that market, being able to use a clean ISO 400 instead of ISO 50 also means the difference between 3200Ws of flash and 25,600Ws (and multitube heads).

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  4. Herm Tjioe

    Keeping those Thai hard drive minions busy

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  5. Austin Swenson

    Yeah, that’s just unreal insane amounts of data… It’s like buying a 5mp camera with 32mb memory card all over again… you can get like 10 shots or something and then you’re done.

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    • Stan Rogers

      It’s pretty much a studio-only option for static subjects, so the camera will be tethered. (Any movement at all shows up as weird artifacts.) Again, this isn’t their first 200MP camera, and it’s about as specialized a tool as you’re going to find in photography.

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  6. Nic M

    I think the Pentax 645Z has a three shot HDR function in raw that would come close as well as other options to do the same for much less cash.

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    • Stan Rogers

      No, but they *could have* done it if they’d opted to go with in-body stabilization on the Z (as they do on their APS-Cs). The sensor shift does more than just increase the number of pixels captured, it also effectively takes the Bayer matrix out of play. ‘Blad’s original multishot back did a sensor shift of *exactly* one sensel, rendering a 50MP image where every pixel had full-colour exposure (similar to a Foveon exposure, but requiring four shots — two green, a red and a blue for every sensel). That both increases the amount of real detail captured (in the same number of pixels) and significantly reduces certain kinds of moiré. By slightly changing the amount of sensor displacement (so it’s not exactly the same as the size as a sensel) they’re also able to gather much more data. (There is a chance that with a little bit of trickery in firmware, Pentax could “abuse” their sensor cleaning mechanism to do something similar, though I couldn’t say for sure. Depends how the dust shaker works.)

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  7. Brian Stalter

    I can already achieve 200MP images.. just takes a few more shots to do it with my D5100.

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  8. Stan Rogers

    This isn’t their first 50/200MP MS back; they had the same arrangement with the 50MP CCD. It’ll be a still-lifer’s camera in 200MP mode, since the MS means it has to take multiple shots to get the 200MP resolution, with the sensor slightly moved between shots. Anything but still life (or absolutely dead-still landscapes) and you get heavy motion artifacting. If you’re not a product/architectural photographer, don’t worry about it — this camera isn’t for you.

    It should be about the same price as the existing 200MS (the 50C is the same price as the 50; no reason why the 200C should be any more or less than the 200MS), and that’s about $48K.

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  9. Mark Iuzzolino

    I can’t imagine ever needing this camera. Would be interested in seeing an image from it though.

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  10. Eric Sharpe

    What’s that like, 10-15 pixes per pore?

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  11. Jeff Ladrillono

    Oh boy, another megapixel pissing contest is coming? This is pretty much overkill for the majority of the photographers out there. A Canon 5d III is more than enough information for double truck magazine spreads and 20×30 prints.

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  12. Rafael Steffen

    Wow it looks like there is no limit when it comes to improving image sensors. This camera is just for large comercial studios that shoot big photo shoots on a weekely basis.

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