By Andrew Liszewski
If for some reason the only feature you care about when buying a digital camera is megapixels the new H3DII-50 from Hasselblad should be at the top of your shopping list, at least for the time being. The medium format camera uses Kodak’s 36x48mm 50 megapixel sensor which is apparently twice the physical size of the largest 35mm sensor used in regular DSLR cameras. But while the H3DII-50 might look intimidating to the average photographer, it’s apparently as easy-to-use as the most advanced DSLRs thanks to improved controls and functionality, a more intuitive user interface and menu system as well as a large 3 inch display for previewing your shots.
When it comes to storage the H3DII-50 is compatible with Compact Flash memory cards or Hasselblad’s own Image Bank II storage drive which is basically a 100GB hard drive powered by a rechargeable battery. And while the H3DII-50 might appeal to the hardcore hobbyist, I’m pretty sure the price tag won’t. Hasselblad’s previous model which featured a 39 megapixel sensor came with a price tag of around $37-39,000, so there’s a good chance their new 50 megapixel model will cost even more.