A Hasselblad on your next drone? Wow, a 6cm sensor that would give unprecedented resolutions to drone photos. Imagine a survey with 1cm per pixel resolution at 400 ft….
We can dream, can’t we?
Well, it may happen. DJI just acquired the controlling interest in Hasselblad. Yes, the iconic camera from Sweden that went to the moon in the Apollo landings. Hasselblad was, in its day, the pinnacle of camera quality. The 6cm image size produced photos far superior to the best 35mm Nikon or Mamiya cameras. Hasselblad developed a 6cm digital back for their camera, which at $20,000 was pricey, but the professional photographer who had an investment in the Hasselblad body and lenses would usually pay the price rather than retire a considerable investment in their equipment. Then Hasselblad did something really stupid- they required any third party sensor manufacturer to obtain a license from Hasselblad to make a sensor back that fit on the Hasselblad body. The third-party backs cost less than half the Hasselblad CCD back, so Hasselblad wasn’t selling many of their backs. Fast forward, Hasselblad bled money defending their licensing in court, and lost. Hasselblad bled more money trying to be “different”, even making a “woodie” camera with a walnut grip. The company went through CEO’s and majority owners like pancakes at the I-Hop. So, seeing an opportunity, DJI bought the majority ownership of Hasselblad.
So, will we see a 6cm camera on a future DJI drone?