200MP? … because you can.

Hasselblad said they were going to do it at photokina 2010 and now they have.

The company announced this morning it is now shipping the H4D-200MS, a multi-shot medium-format digital camera system, which can produce a staggeringly large 200-megapixel image file.

According to what we heard at a press conference at photokina in Germany last year, the sensor in the multi-shot device moves to different positions to create a series of captures of a subject; the various image captures are then combined to build one huge photo.

Of course, since this is an extended multi-shot device that will take 30 seconds to complete one capture, it’s really only usable for shooting photos of still objects.

And, of course, it’s mind-bogglingly expensive, retailing for approximately $45,000 (32,000 Euro) plus tax.

To see samples produced by the Hasselblad H4D-200MS, click this link.

More details in the press release after the jump.


Hasselblad Launches the New H4D-200MS

Hasselblad’s latest multi-shot camera, which delivers unprecedented 200 megapixel files, is currently shipping. Upgrades for H4D-50MS cameras are also available.

After careful testing for stability and color accuracy, the H4D-200MS – first announced at Photokina last September – is now available. Based on the H4D-50MS platform, the new camera is capable of creating 200 megapixel files for the ultimate in resolution.

Since 2000, Hasselblad has continuously developed its multi-shot technology. In 2008, the company announced the first integrated multi-shot camera – the H3DII-39MS – which was followed more recently by the H4D-50MS. As a further development of the H4D-50MS technology, the H4D-200MS utilizes Hasselblad’s patented piezo frame module, which now captures 6 shots and combines them into an astounding 200 megapixel file.

Designed for studio photographers whose work requires the ultimate in resolution, extremely fine details and exact color information, the H4D-200MS is ideal for capturing images of stationary items such as cars, jewelry, artwork and other high end products where there is no room for compromise in image quality. In addition to its extended multi-shot capabilities, the H4D-200MS offers standard multi-shot and single-shot modes as well. Naturally, this extraordinary capture device offers all the benefits of the H4D family of cameras such as True Focus, Ultra Focus and Digital Lens Correction, to name just a few.

The H4D-200MS is available now for 32.000 Euro (plus tax). H4D-50MS owners have the option of upgrading their systems for 7.000 Euro (plus tax) by sending the camera to the factory in Copenhagen, Denmark. While the camera is being converted, the service team will make sure that the firmware and hardware is updated to ensure that the piezo modules’ strict tolerances, which are necessary for precise multi-shot capture, are met.


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