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When adding our unique multi-shot technology to the renowned H4D-50 the resulting camera is H4D-50MS. It further refines the high-end DSLR cameras from Hasselblad by complementing the H4D with multi-shot functionality: the ultimate choice for still life studio photography. Your benefit is moiré free images that exhibit a level of sharpness, resolution and color fidelity that you have to experience to believe.

Non-compromising details and colors

The multi-shot technology realizes the capture of still life subjects with all details represented in true detail and color resolution. By capturing a sequence of 4 shots, each offset by a one pixel increment, every point on your set is rendered with its true red, green and blue color components.

In this way, true detail and true color are acquired without interpolation of any kind. For stills photography it simply does not get better. The H4D-50MS can at any time perform normal single-shot mode photography too.

Unique Hasselblad Colors

It frees you from having to select color profiles from a long list. The Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) simply enables you to produce outstanding and reliable out-of-the-box colors, with skin tones, specific product colors and other difficult tones reproduced easily and effectively.

Setting a new standard for digital photographic quality

The H4D-50MS represents the 5th generation of the Hasselblad H-system, the ultimate high-end DSLR camera system. The H4D-50MS brings all the advantages of a truly integrated DSLR to the large sensor format, enabling all photographic parameters to be optimized and resulting in an unsurpassed level of image quality.

The H4D-50MS provides improved controls and functionality, better sensor cooling, a more intuitive user interface, and a bright 3” display.

Achieving superior image quality with modern digital photography means finding a way to get the most from camera hardware, advanced optics, massive sensors, processing software, and the computing power of today’s computers.

The unprecedented interaction between the various system components combined with increased lens performance and an unprecedented level of image sharpness to outperform any professional digital camera system on the market today, delivering outstanding pixel resolution, better colors, and improved detail rendering.


Even Bigger is Even Better

The large format light channel provided by the H4D and the H System lenses enables the use of one of the largest image sensors currently available – 36x49 mm - more than twice the size of even the largest 35mm camera sensors.

These sensors hold more and larger pixels, ensuring ultra sharp images without gradation break-ups in even the finest lit surfaces.

Basic ISO rating is from ISO 50 to ISO 800. As with its fellow H4D models, the H4D-50MS makes use of a high speed capture architecture capturing full size, compressed 65 MByte images at the rate of 1.1 seconds per capture, working either mobile or tethered to a computer.

Never Settle for “Good Enough”

The H4D-50MS combines the advanced digital communication and optimization of the best modern DSLR cameras with the quality and versatility of the Hasselblad system. The H4D-50MS represents the combination of decades of photographic expertise, a keen understanding of digital photography, and the experience we gained from developing the world's most advanced camera system.

Hasselblad has always been motivated by a true passion for photography. Our tradition has always been one of innovation, advance, and unflagging dedication to quality. At Hasselblad, we will never settle for “good enough”. So photographers won’t have to do so either.

Digital Lens Correction and Ultra-Focus for image perfection

The Digital Lens Correction for chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting is based on the mathematical models of the lenses and adds automatic perfection to the images when processed using Phocus. The Ultra-Focus engine of H4D-50MS further enhances the full Hasselblad H System lens program, bringing a new level of sharpness and resolution to the images.


The highly renowned Hasselblad H System lens line uses central lens shutters, which adds flexibility by allowing flash to be employed at shutter speeds up to 1/800s. The central shutter also improves image quality by reducing camera vibration.

And thanks to the large format of the H System cameras, there is a considerably shallower depth of field range, making it much easier to utilize selective focus to creative effect.

View-camera work

The H4D-50MS has been designed to allow the digital capture unit to be detached and used on a view cameras equipped with an H system adapter. In this configuration the digital capture device can work with electronic shutters from e.g. Rollei and Schneider, either stand-alone using the flash sync signal from the shutter or tethered to a computer with full control of the electronic shutter from the computer.

Your Vision, Your Choice

The H4D-50MS camera system is made for the high-end commercial photographer with high demands on both ultimate image quality and flexibility. With the H4D-50MS you can choose between eye-level and waist-level viewfinders, the choice of combining point–and–shoot and tilt/shift functions, the ability to work tethered and un-tethered to get the most of your camera system both on location and in the studio, choice of image processing system, and much more.

Electronic Spirit Level*

The H4D-50MS has an integrated electronic spirit level to make it easy to produce a straight horizon. The spirit level is shown both in the viewfinder and on the rear LCD. You therefore don’t need to take your eye from the viewfinder to check camera alignment.

Camera info on rear LCD*

To improve visibility in certain situations, the rear LCD can now show a copy of the camera grip LCD where you see all relevant shooting information.

*Firmware upgrades listed above will not be able to be ported to the H4D-31 or CFV 39/50. H4D-50 customers, who have upgraded from the H3DII-50 and H3DII-50MS, can have their camera further upgraded with a new digital shell unit including new electronics and display for MRSP 1.990€ excl. VAT. This offer is valid until March 31, 2012.


Camera Type:

Large sensor medium format DSLR

Multi-shot technology for 50Mpix resolution capture

Multi-shot and Single-shot capture options

Sensor size:

50 Mpixels (6132 x 8176 pixels)

Sensor dimensions:

36.7 mm x 49.1 mm

Image size:

RAW 3FR capture 65 MB on average. TIFF 8 bit: 150 MB

File format:

Lossless compressed Hasselblad RAW 3FR


Hasselblad H System lens line with integral central lens shutter.

Shutter speed range:

128 seconds to 1/800 second

ISO speed range: ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800

Color definition: 16 bit

Color management:

Hasselblad Natural Color Solution


Autofocus metering with passive central cross-type sensor. Ultra focus digital feedback. Instant manual focus override. Metering range EV 1 to 19 at ISO 100.

Viewfinder options:

HVD 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-5 to +3.5D). Image magnification 3.1 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™

HV 90x: 90° eye-level viewfinder w. diopter adjustment (-4 to +2.5D). Image magnification 2.7 times. Integral fill-flash (G.No. 12 @ ISO100). Hot shoe for SCA3002-system flashes from Metz™

HVM: Waist-level viewfinder. Image magnification 3.2 times.

IR filter:

Mounted on CCD sensor


Exposure metering

Metering options:

Spot, Centre Weighted and CentreSpot. Metering range Spot: EV2 to 21, Centre Weighted: EV1 to 21, CentreSpot: EV1 to 21

Power supply:

Rechargeable Li-ion battery (7.2 VDC / 1850 mAh).

Storage options:

CF card type U-DMA (e.g. SanDisk extreme Pro) or tethered to Mac or PC

Storage capacity:

8 GB CF card holds 120 images on average

Capture rate:

1.1 seconds per capture. 33 captures per minute

Color display:

3 inch TFT type, 24 bit color, 460 320 pixels*

Histogram feedback: Yes


Phocus for Mac and Windows

Platform support:

Macintosh: OSX.

Windows: XP (32 and 64 bit), Vista (32 and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit).

Host connection type:

FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b)

View camera compatibility:

Mechanical shutters controlled via flash sync. Electronic shutters can be controlled from Phocus.

Operating temperature:

0 - 45 ˚C/32 - 113 ˚F

Dimensions complete camera:

w. HC80 mm lens: 153 x 131 x 209 mm (WxHxD)


2450 g (Complete camera w. HC80 mm lens, Li-Ion battery and CF card