Hasselblad has announced a new aerial camera that it says provides the ‘ultimate’ in image quality for aerial photographers.
Available in CCD-based A5D-40 and A5D-60 (40 and 60 megapixels, respectively) and the CMOS-based, 50-megapixel A5D-50c, the camera is said to have ‘unrivaled’ reliability, stability and low weight.
The A5D Aerial includes a feature that allows up to 8 cameras to be synchronised within 20 μs. A simple bus-type cable connection is required between all cameras in the set-up. This feature completely eliminates any problems in post production caused by unsynchronised exposures.
Hasselblad’s new A5D aerial camera range set for launch
Hasselblad is set to launch a new ‘ultimate image quality’ A5D System aerial camera range with no internal moving parts. The innovative A5D cameras will offer global customers in the mapping, surveying and systems integration sectors latest Hasselblad capture technology and unparalleled lens options.
The series takes off with three sensor options: a CCD-based A5D-40 and A5D-60 and a CMOS-based A5D-50c – and the company has plans for more to follow.
Perry Oosting, CEO: “The A5D is an important breakthrough for us in what is a fast-growing and demanding global ‘special applications’ segment. Hasselblad has a very long history of working with speciality photography segments and the development of new technologies. Back in the 1940s the very first Hasselblad camera was an aerial camera. The Swedish government asked Victor Hasselblad if he had the skills to produce a camera identical to one that had been captured. Victor famously said: ‘No, but I can make a better one’. That is a mantra that still exists at Hasselblad today.”
Hasselblad have found a solution to the vibration challenges of aerial photography by completely re-engineering their cameras with no moving internal parts. This solution is designed to prevent any unintentional movement that may occur due to aircraft vibration. The result is unrivalled airborne stability; total reliability; a lighter body and ultimate image quality. In tests it has been proven that Hasselblad’s H-System lenses outperform any other lens available on the market today. Hasselblad have nine focal lengths available in aerial versions, complete with secure locking mounts to ensure the image and sensor stay parallel at all times.
Hasselblad’s brief to its engineers was to develop a redesigned aerial photography platform capable of providing customers with the highest possible resolution over a large target ‘footprint’ area on the ground. The new A5D cameras have been engineered with three new connectors located on the top of each body – enabling easy user control via the plane’s flight management system.
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