This is the new Hasselblad A5D aerial camera

Hasselblad A5D aerial camera
Hasselblad got a new A5D aerial camera. Here are some of the new features:

  • Reduced foot print 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

Press release:

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.

More information is available here, the technical specs can be found here.

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  • Fountainhead

    Goddamnit.
    Where’s the little wooden grip and faux leather?

    Oh.

    • Spy Black

      They replaced it with a FireWire connector.

    • fjfjjj

      In the cockpit.

  • Neopulse

    This is actually pretty cool of them to make

  • Patrick

    If you think this is impressive, check out the Zeiss DMC-II…see: http://www.ziimaging.com/en/zi-dmc-iie-230_31.htm

  • fjfjjj

    “Surveying”? They mean surveillance.

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    The Venture Capitalists asked Hasselblad if they had the skills to
    produce a camera identical to that old one that they bought from Sony. Hasselblad famously said: ‘No, but I can make a far more expensive version out of the same one’. That is a mantra that makes it a miracle that Haselblad still exists today.”

  • former hasselblad dude

    I do aerial surveying for a living. This is great entry-level aerial camera, but Hasselblad is about 2 years late to the party. Phase One, Alpa, and others have been selling this sort of camera for some time.
    Firewire? WTF. That shit is old. Try and find a firewire harddrive these days. USB3 killed firewire many years ago.
    Dear Hasselblad,
    You have to bring something new to the table.

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