Just last year, the relationship between DJI and Hasselblad led to the creation of the world’s first medium-format drone package. Not content with their 50-megapixel creation, the companies have upped the ante, and the resolution, with the creation of a new 100-MP aerial imaging platform.
The interesting thing about this “new” drone is that there’s nothing new about it. It’s just a combination of an already-announced drone, already announced gimbal, and already announced camera. In theory, someone could have already built this up. The advantage of this ‘package’ would, we assume, be a little bit of a discount in price over buying each piece separately, but since neither DJI nor Hasselblad has announced a price for this system yet, we have no idea if that’s the case.
For now, all we get are pictures, the chance to see it at NAB if you’re in Vegas, and the promise of 100MP landscape and fine art photography from the skies.
The camera itself is a Hasselblad H6D-100c, with a 53.4 x 40 mm (2.1 x 1.6 in) sensor. The 100-MP sensor has a crazy 15 stops of dynamic range, allowing the camera to capture impressive detail in highlight and shadow areas. A new processor has been fitted, allowing the camera to shoot at 1.5 FPS without buffering for longer than the 50-MP model that preceded it.
The camera is connected via a DJI Ronin-MX three-axis stabilized gimbal, which has been chosen for its ability to maintain stability under high G-force loads. Depending on its intended use, the unit can be controlled using the D-RTK GNSS navigation system, which offers precise positioning for commercial or scientific users.
The DJI M600 Pro drone sells for around $5,000, while the Ronin MX gimbal lists at $1,600. Oh, and then you’ve got to get the Hasselblad H6D-100c to go with it. That retails in the $30,000 range. This is if you are buying the three components separately; DJI and Hasselblad have not announced any pricing for this epic combination just yet, but they do say it’ll ship in Q3.