April 27, 2016 at 4:04PM


4K Medium Format sensor film-making ?

Okay, this is purely a window shopping paper exercise. Hasselblad are about to imminently release their flagship H6D-100c huge 100 megapixels sensor Medium Format camera capable of 16 bit 4K RAW Video at 24fps, retailing at $32,995.00 body only.

According to the Cinema5D site ( https://www.cinema5d.com/the-new-hasselblad-h6d-100c-medium-format-uhd-4... ) the pretty amazing sensor comparison is:-
Full Frame DSLR: 36mm x 24mm
RED Weapon 8K VistaVision: 40.96mm x 21.6mm
Phantom 65: 52.1mm x 30.5mm
Arri Alexa 65: 54.12mm x 25.58mm
Hasselblad H6D-100c: 53.4mm x 40mm

If anyone had money to burn, what would you consider to be any film-making advantages or strong points of shooting on this sensor ?


The advantage is you get more image for the same focal length and depth of field. Probably great for static 'artsy' shots.

April 27, 2016 at 6:09PM

You voted '-1'.
Cary Knoop

The larger the sensor is the less your camera will work as a run and gun camera. There will be more and more shallow depth of field and it will become more and more difficult to focus on the run.
Also, as you mentioned, these cameras are very expensive or even only for rent only (like the Arri Alexa 65 which costs about $2.000 per day body only).
Also cameras with sensors bigger than full frame need special lenses for their format which are even more expensive. Arri had to design some new lenses and even a new bigger PL mount for their 65 model.

April 28, 2016 at 11:28AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

Not sure why the focus on the negative, after all the typical Hasselblad user is not going to be the 'run and gun' type.

The same negative arguments you mention also apply to the Alexa 65, it is just more widescreeny than the Hasselblad.

If someone has some old spare Alexa 65 in the backyard getting rusty I'll be glad to pick it up ;)

Cary Knoop

April 29, 2016 at 9:20AM

The industry is moving in this direction, but not everyone can afford to shoot on IMAX.

May 28, 2018 at 1:44PM, Edited May 28, 1:44PM


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